Hypocrisy: Gun Owner Outing Newspaper Hires Armed Guards

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Journal News of West Nyack, New York, doesn’t want fellow New Yorkers to be allowed to own guns and what better way to show support for its stand against guns than to hire armed guards to patrol its offices?

The suburban Westchester Journal News made itself the center of a controversy by publishing the names and addresses of thousands of New York’s legal gun owners in an interactive map on its website. It was an attempt to intimidate law-abiding citizens into giving up their Second Amendment rights. The map was accompanied by an article supportive of “a raft of new gun laws” at the state and federal level.

In response to the paper’s invasion of the privacy of New York’s legal gun owners, several bloggers decided to create an interactive map of employees of the Journal News.

The paper then moved to up the ante and announced it would publish even more names and addresses of New York’s law abiding firearm owners.

In the meantime, however, it appears that the Journal News has decided to indulge the famous leftist concept of “for me but not for thee” by hiring armed guards to protect its offices against imagined rogue gun owners who might attack the paper.

The Rockland County Times reported on Tuesday that the Journal News had hired RGA Investigations, a private security company, to patrol its offices.

These guards “are armed and will be on site during business hours through at least January 2, 2013,” Rockland Times reports.

Dylan Skriloff, the Rockland County Times’ associate publisher & editor-in-chief, notes the obvious point saying, “Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander.”

Clarkstown Police say that Journal News editor Caryn McBride had “previously reported a large amount of negative correspondence in response to the media outlet’s publication of local gun permit holders.” McBride gave police an email from “an unknown subject” who McBride said threatened the paper.

Police reminded the Journal News that an email is not an actual offense.

Locals aren’t standing idly by. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association has called for a boycott of the Journal News’ advertisers.

Singling out Best Buy, CVS, IKEA, and Target for special attention, the group asked citizens to state that “you will no longer patronize any advertiser who uses Gannet (the Journal News’ parent company) until and unless that advertiser withholds further ads until Gannett takes down the pistol licensee Web page and ceases attacking lawful firearm ownership. In particular, contact advertisers with whom you do business, and who may know you personally.”
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.

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