Journal News: Making Friends and Influencing Cops? Fail!

Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards.

Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News’ decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger.

“They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That’s not acceptable to me,” Falco said

via Inmates using newspaper’s gun owner map to threaten guards, sheriff says | Fox News.

Ouch… that did not go over well. The Journal News should be making plans to keep those armed guards for a long long time as I suspect police response times when it comes to them will be measured in weeks.

8 Replies to “Journal News: Making Friends and Influencing Cops? Fail!”

  1. I have no problem with the list being public record. I do believe however that it should be illegal to publish the list in the news paper.


  2. Ya know, I don’t like the idea of gun ownership being stored in files any where, especially with government officials. Therefore, I don’t like the news printing the addy’s of gun owners at all and think they should be strung up by their heels until their brains drain. Lists do nothing but create problems for those on them and make it easier for gestapo to find them.

    And then I think of something like this and am bothered by my reaction to it- which initially was, ‘Couldn’t happen to a better group of people.’ (‘Group’ being the LEOs.) Reason being all the gestapo tactics being used by them today and their seeming blatant disregard of our rights compared to theirs.

    I don’t see where publishing the addy of all the convicts- ‘C/O Stark County Jail, Cell Block One Cage Three- doesn’t seem like much of a deterrent to criminals. As well, once they’ve served their sentence/ done the time, these people are free to once again enjoy their freedoms just as every other American can. Which includes gun ownership, though I hear the arguments, ‘They’re criminals and will rob again…’ True- they might. Then it’s our prerogative to incarcerate them for longer periods, such as forEver. Murders should get the death sentence once convicted, one right of appeal, then cook them. No problem there.

    Getting back to the cops’ addresses… I still think what’s good for the goose is good for the gander if they want to play their games.


    1. “Getting back to the cops’ addresses… I still think what’s good for the goose is good for the gander if they want to play their games.”

      Consider this a taste of the “strong law-enforcement support” gun-control bills would get if ALL LEO and military exceptions were removed. I’ve always held the opinion that the anti-rights movement would have died out long ago if they didn’t have the support of higher-up LEOs, which also tends to sway fence-sitters. This low-blow just proves it.

      That said, the “outing” of LEOs, stalking victims, and other people with strong reasons to remain anonymous (along with everyone else) is bad for everybody – on the list or not – and in my opinion the Journal News and Gannett should be responsible for any and all damages that stem from this. The author and and editor that green-lighted this should also be personally responsible.

      I understand that it’s public record (whether or not it should be is another debate) and that the author/editor/paper has the right to publish it. With rights come responsibilities: just because they CAN publish it doesn’t mean they SHOULD. Actions have consequences, and they should be liable for any damage caused from their negligence.

      Just my $0.0263 (adjusted for inflation and Obamacare).


      1. We must understand that the traditional media is upset by the fact they no longer control the narrative as they once did. That ticks them off royally and go do stupid, overreaching stuff like publishing the names of anybody with a gun license without thinking of the consequences to themselves. If this was the first newspaper that published a list of gun owners/CCWers, I’d have said: “Well, they surely are stupid. They have hurt a lot of innocent people without thinking. I hope they learned the lesson.” But We have been seeing this type of behavior for over a decade now and that a modern newspaper goes ahead and repeat the mistakes other have made either on purpose or because they failed to check what happened before is just asking to join Pepe’s World of Pain & Pancakes.
        Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.



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