Anti-Gun Newspaper that Outed Gun Owners Forced to Hire Armed Guards

January 1, 2013 6:55 pm  

(Rockland 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.

SPECIAL: “Do NOT let the government take our guns!’ Protect Your Gun Rights!

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.

Private investigator Richard Ayoob is the administrator of RGA. He told the Clarkstown Police on Friday, December 28 that there had been no problems on site at the Journal News headquarters despite the massive influx of phone calls and emails.

McBride had filed at least two reports with the Clarkstown Police Department due to perceived threats. However, the police did not find the communications in question actually threatening. Incident-Report 2012-00033099 describes McBride telling police she was worried because an email writer wondered “what McBride would get in her mail now.”

Police said the email “did not constitute an offense” and did not contain an actual threat.

The Journal News caused an international stir when they released an interactive map of pistol permit holders names and addresses in Rockland and Westchester counties last Sunday, December 23. The editors have said they believe knowing where guns are is in the public’s interest. The newspaper has also taken a strident editorial position in favor of strict gun control.

Rather than take the map down following the public uproar, the executive board at the Journal News has decided to “stick to their guns” and double-down on their original decision, as they have said a map listing all pistol permit holders in Putnam County will soon to be posted.

The controversial use of the Freedom of Information Act to create the interactive map may come back to bite the Journal News and others who would prefer that pistol permits remain public record.

New York State Senator Greg Ball has already introduced state legislation to make such records off-limits to the public and Rockland County legislators led by Frank Sparaco (R) will soon introduce a bipartisan-sponsored resolution with a similar intent.

It is not clear whether the negative reaction has threatened the Journal News’ true popularity as a news source. As an anecdotal piece of evidence, the Rockland County Times confirms receiving an influx of new subscribers who stated they cancelled their subscription to the Journal News due to the gun story.

The Rockland County Times has not investigated whether the Journal News’ Westchester County headquarters in White Plains has beefed up security.

http://www.rocklandtimes.com/2013/01/01/the-journal-news-is-armed-and-dangerous/

Enough Republicans Willing to Unseat Speaker Boehner
'Fiscal Cliff' Face-off: Boehner, Cantor Showdown Over Vote

Top Stories

Feds Abandoned Plan to Track Cars Near Gun Shows (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gu...
Federal Bill Would Make Owning Body Armor A Crime Punishable by 1... (Guns Save Lives) - Democratic members of Congress apparently aren’t going to be satisfied until American citizens are completely and utterly defen...
Russell Brand: Americans Need Guns And Chris Kyle Because They’... (Breitbart) - On January 23 Russell Brand said Americans were motivated by a “fear” that caused them to want guns and to “embrace heroic figures...
Anti-Gun Advocates Routinely Ask Why Anyone Would Ever Need More ... (The Blaze) - A man in Tomball, Texas, was startled out of his sleep by the sound of someone kicking in his front door on Monday night. He quickly ...
Ready, Aim, Fire: Choke Point Draws Heat From Gun Industry (Daily Signal) - Banned from financial services that are essential to running a business, firearms sellers attending the world’s largest gun show la...
Democrat State Senator: Gun Background Checks Unnecessary in Verm... (Daily Signal) - An influential Democratic state senator says he’s unlikely to support a bill requiring background checks on gun purchases because ...

Comments


Please help us stay spam-free. Mouse over a spam post and click the X to report spam.