Conservative watchdogs say it is pure hypocrisy that the
suburban New York newspaper that unleashed public outcry after
publishing the names and addresses of residents with pistol permits
is now protecting itself with armed guards.
reported in December that The Journal News, owned by
the Gannett conglomerate, published an online interactive map with the names and
addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland
counties. It obtained the public records following the school
shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
last week, publisher Janet Hasson told The New York
Times, "The safety of my staff is my top priority" to explain
why she ordered armed guards posted at the paper's White Plains
headquarters and its satellite office in West Nyack.
That leads Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center, to conclude: "They're
"They want to hold journalists up as something different, but
reality is everybody, when you're threatened, you want to be as
armed as the other guy," Gainor asserts. "I think it's good that
their hypocrisy has been shown out. I certainly don't want them to
get threats, but I do want them to lose advertisers."
Mike Hammond, legislative counsel at Gun Owners of
"It's pretty clear that for these people, protection of their
own mangy carcasses is more important than the protection of their
children," he contends. "Hypocrisy in the anti-gun movement --
that's nothing new to anyone."
And Hammond believes the newspaper publisher's perceived fear of
retaliation from law-abiding gun owners is misguided.
"Perhaps it was a perception in their own deranged mind that gun
owners were dangerous," he submits.
He tells OneNewsNow that Gun Owners of America has received
numerous death threats directed at its members and their children
for standing up for Second Amendment rights in the wake of the
tragedy in Newtown.