Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Attention gun owners! Any newspaper can publish your name and address!
Imagine the residents in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties waking up last Sunday and discovering their name and home address was printed in the The Journal News, identifying them as gun owners.
“This is CRAZY!!” said commenter Curtis Maenza. “This is the type of thing you do for sex offenders not law abiding gun owners.”
Hmmm … Here’s a tip for some other newspaper in the area that doesn’t agree with The Journal News’ attack on privacy. Run a list of all owners, manager, journalists and employees at that newspaper. List each one’s name, home address, telephone number, SSN, and date of birth. After all, this is "public information" somewhere, right?
As a youth, I was an avid hunter of wolves, deer and elk. Later, I had a permit to carry a .32 automatic and I did so when traveling with large amounts of cash. At this stage of life I no longer own a gun of any kind, nor do I plan to get one. But if I did, I’d get one from a private party who know neither my name nor my address, and make sure I never told anyone I had it. As the old saying goes, it’s “better to be judged by twelve than to be carried by six.”