Bullseye. Well, Bull Something.

anti-gun-journal-news-new-york-paper-hires-armed-guard-after-gun-owner-outing-story-goes-badlyIf you missed it, two weeks ago some asshat with a printing press in Connecticut decided it would be a public service if he published an interactive map that revealed the names and addresses of all the legal gun owners in his community — 33,614 in Westchester and Rockland Counties.  Here’s the article.

Over a million views on the paper’s web site later, reaction from all sides was largely negative, including journalists’ and academicians in the field.  This was a truly bonehead maneuver for a whole lot reasons, not the least of which is the research he performed for gun thieves.  Approximately 232,400 guns are stolen annually, which places is a very large number of weapons in the hands of criminals whom I suspect do not merely collect them like stamps or butterflies, nor use them for target shooting.

But leave it to the gun fetish fringe to make a bad situation even worse.

Personal information about editors and writers at the paper has been posted online, including their home addresses and information about where their children attended school; some reporters have received notes saying they would be shot on the way to their cars; bloggers have encouraged people to steal credit card information of Journal News employees; and two packages containing white powder have been sent to the newsroom and a third to a reporter’s home (all were tested by the police and proved to be harmless).” — NYTimes

Circumstances became so unsettling that the paper hired guards to accompany staff walking to their cars, arranged for others to stay at hotels, and suggested employees change their phone numbers.  Keep in mind that the vast majority of the paper’s 225 employees had nothing to do with publishing the story — but even if they had, the terrorist atmosphere created by these zanies is both illegal and inappropriate.

Should we conclude that all gun owners are crazed psychopaths, bloodthirsty, murderous fanatics who despise the 1st Amendment and its protection of freedom of expression as exercised by that moron in charge of the paper?  I think not. I would attribute the over-reaction to a hotheaded cowardly minority who speak for nobody but themselves, and do more to hurt their own best interests in their clumsy efforts to protect them.

Just register this sordid little episode when discussions of gun control, public safety, and Constitutional protections, come up, and each side points accusing fingers at the other.

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6 Responses to Bullseye. Well, Bull Something.

  1. Rick says:

    The Genius at that Gun Free Zone has it all figured out…says that the employees are mailing white powder to themselves, you know, to further sully the fine reputations of gun toters everywhere. But then again, he’s still looking for Obama’s birth certificate.

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    • Dawgbowl says:

      And Hilary Clinton is faking her injury to avoid testifying. What a nasshole. Although by admitting that this “sullies their reputations,” it’s a tacit confirmation that at least some “gun toters” are indeed as nutzo as we say they are.

  2. Beardsley says:

    Here are 2 quotes that caught my eye over the weekend:

    “A society that is relying on guys with guns to stop violence is a sign of a society where institutions have broken down,” said Rebecca Peters, former director of the International Action Network on Small Arms. “It’s shocking to hear anyone in the United States considering a solution that would make it seem more like Colombia.”

    and from the same article:

    Scientific studies have consistently found that places with more guns have more violent deaths, both homicides and suicides. Women and children are more likely to die if there’s a gun in the house. The more guns in an area, the higher the local suicide rates. “Generally, if you live in a civilized society, more guns mean more death,” said David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. “There is no evidence that having more guns reduces crime. None at all.”

    Here’s the link: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/sunday-review/more-guns-more-killing.html?_r=0

    • Diesel Fitter says:

      Hey, what’s wrong with suicide especially in densely populated areas? More parking space for the rest of us!.

  3. 'Nonymous says:

    Focusing on guns when you’re talking about crime is like focusing on sporks when you’re talking about obesity. The problem is the person, not the tool. You moonbat liberals can’t accept the obvious when it comes to your own candyass ideology. Koombaya Kooks.

    • Hose B says:

      Try to break through the bumper-sticker education that’s crippling your brain, ‘Nonymous. It’s actually embarrassing to read. I say that as a gun owner myself.

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