A New York newspaper serving the lower Hudson Valley caused quite a stir a couple of weeks ago, when it published an interactive map of gun owners in the area.
The Journal News had put gun owners on the same level of sex offenders, made them targets for the overzealous gun control crowd, and also gave criminals a handy map of homes that are left unprotected.
The message was clear – guns are bad, and here’s where you can find them.
Now a report has come out indicating that the hypocrisy of the staff at the Journal News is at epic proportions. Seems once the heat started rising over the gun map controversy, the Journal had to call in reinforcements … and hired armed guards to protect the facility and their staff.
Via the Rockland County Times:
Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander.
A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
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.
Due to apparent safety concerns, the newspaper then decided to hire RGA Investigations to provide armed personnel to man the location.
And for some added irony, Weasel Zippers points out that “the armed guards protecting them could have had their names and addresses published by The Journal News.”
I’m sure the irony has been lost on the editors of the Journal News, blinded by their own desire to rate gun owners as second class citizens.