'Journal News' bears arms

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

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.

OneNewsNow 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.

Gainor, Dan (MRC)But 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 hypocrites."

"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 America, agrees.

"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.

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