How you know that guns protect people, 1
That NY newspaper that published the names and addresses of CCW holders — and in return had the names and addresses of its editors and writers released by annoyed pro-gun bloggers? Is now being protected by armed guards:
The guards have been posted at its White Plains headquarters and in a satellite office in West Nyack since last week, publisher Janet Hasson said. “The safety of my staff is my top priority,” she told The New York Times.
Ah, I see. So when it’s you and your staff that you perceive to be in danger — from whom isn’t clear, but presumably Ms Hasson-Braun fears some sort of ghetto uprising from crazy gun owners — the way to provide safety for that staff, a “top priority,” mind, is to call on responsible people with light arms to guard you.
For the rest of us plebes? Fuck you, you filthy gun owners.
In December, the Journal News published online maps with the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties, information it sought from public records after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn.
The newspaper’s database, which included an interactive map on the Gannett Co.-owned newspaper’s website lohud.com, sparked a torrent of criticism from across the country. Some said the publication was an invasion of privacy and could potentially put gun owners at risk. Others compared it to lists of sexual predators or other criminals, and said it was tantamount to presenting gun permit holders as wrongdoers.
Hasson said the newspaper knew the publication would be controversial, but that “we felt sharing information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings.”
CCW permits had nothing whatever to do with the Newtown shootings. Nothing. And Hasson-Braun knew that. But she also knew it was an opportunity to stigmatize those icky gun owners who terrorize her small and wildly ignorant mind — and like a good “liberal” activist, she couldn’t let a crisis go to waste. So she ran with the “controversial” decision to paint little yellow stars on the sleeves of local gun permit holders.
The irony? She and her paper put more people in potential danger than she now perceives herself and her staff to be in. That she has decided the best way to protect herself is to keep guns around is just icing on the cake.