National investigative journalism project underway on gun rights and regulations

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Color me skeptical.

Newspaper removes gun map

The suburban New York newspaper’s decision to take down its controversial gun map“is not a concession to critics that no value was served by the posting of the map in the first place,” Publisher Janet Hasson writes in a letter to readers.

“On the contrary, we’ve heard from too many grateful community members to consider our decision to post information contained in the public record to have been a mistake. Nor is our decision made because we were intimidated by those who threatened the safety of our staffers. We know our business is a controversial one, and we do not cower.”


Color me skeptical. The heat was pretty high in the kitchen. And maybe two of the residences getting broken into by burglars targeting guns had something to do with it.

Newspaper hires armed guards after publishing map of gun owners

According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing of a map of all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester.More.


Community anger over its decision to publish the names and addresses of gun owners in two New York counties did not deter The Journal News from plans to publish the same information for a third county. But that third county now says it will not provide the Gannett paper with the data, which has been considered public information. — More.


Maybe they need to publish the names of those taking prescription drugs, too. “More Americans die each year of prescription drug overdoses than gun homicides.”

Bob Costas going off on guns has people going off on him

In the wake of Saturday morning’s tragic murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, the media has focused, for better or worse, on raw emotion, on family, on team, on football.

NBC studio analyst Bob Costas shifted that focus on Sunday night. At halftime of the Sunday Night Football game between the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles, Costas took a minute to quote Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock on the dangers of gun culture in America. — More.

UPDATE: Tam: “At the risk of sounding callous, freedom and dignity are going to cost some dead bodies every year. As long as people have guns, some folks are going to get shot with them; that’s just the way it is. As long as people have cars, folks are going to get liquored up and wrap them around trees. As long as there are train tracks, hobos are going to pass out on them. We aren’t going to put Nerf padding on the corners of the world, and I wouldn’t want to live in the Minority Report-meets-Demolition Man world where they had.”

Ben Garrett: “Someone so ignorant of what brought about the Second Amendment in the first place really shouldn’t be commenting on its necessity or lack thereof.

Making matters worse, viewers of Sunday night football on NBC were subjected to the anti-gun diatribe by Costas.

Halftime of a nationally-televised NFL game isn’t the time or place for gun politics. Hopefully viewers make NBC well aware of their disgust. Judging from the immediate reaction on social media networks this evening, there’s plenty of it.”

SayUncle with his usual succinct take: “I’m sure a six foot two, 230 pound guy needed a gun to kill his girlfriend.”