Last week Daily Weekly contributor Ellis Conklin wrote a piece concerning the Gannett-owned daily paper The Journal News, which created an online data base showing the names and addresses of local gun-permit holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties. The paper's action has sparked serious reaction from activist and professional organizations around the country, including the Poynter Institute and Washington Cease Fire.
But guess what, CynDee? A lot of pistol-packing mamas (and daddies) would really, really, prefer you spend more time sharing recipes, weather reports, and fiscal cliff updates with your readers than whether they have a revolver in their bedroom closet.
Thousands of comments have poured in to news outlets across the country, and not many are supportive of the newspaper's map.
"So should we start wearing yellow Stars of David so the general public can be aware of who we are??" one commenter wrote.
"Now everyone knows where the legal guns are kept, a valuable piece of information for criminals," another wrote. "Why don't you do something helpful, like trying to find out where the illegal guns are kept?"
Some readers are so enraged that they're plotting revenge.
One Daily Weekly commenter is part of this group of people outraged with the paper's actions, especially with the possible safety issues releasing this information may have for those individuals carrying a gun for protection.
As commenter RobertfromSeattle writes:
The most dangerous - and stupidest - unintended consequence of what they did was the fact that some of the gun owners were abused women who were living in previously UNDISCLOSED locations with their legally purchased and registered guns as their first - and often ONLY - line of defense against dangerous stalking perps.
If anything happens to so much as even one of these already victimized and innocent women, one can only hope that the newspaper AND the reporters involved get sued into oblivion at the very least. At most, maybe they could spend some time in a Federal prison and come out with a record so they can never, ever own a gun when their prison buddies come look to them up. THAT would be karma.