Much was made by the left about the “outing” of Valerie Plame and the danger it put her in. Scooter Libby was demonized, scapegoated and eventually jailed.
Now the left-wing rag, Gannett, has published the names and addresses of all the law abiding citizens in Rockland and Westchester counties (there are also addresses listed as far away as Niagra Falls, NY) in an attempt to demonize them in their communities as “people who should be watched.”
Has the left thought of the danger they have put these law abiding citizens in?
I called 3 people at random that were listed on this interactive map. The first gentleman was Steve Z., from Connecticut. And I say gentleman because that is exactly what he was. He was an even-tempered man who chose his words carefully and thoughtfully. I could hear his family enjoying themselves in the background as I interviewed him. Steve wanted to see the map for himself before he commented. I gave him a couple of days and called back. Steve told me he had called the paper to lodge a complaint. He also had this insight:
“I clicked on the map out of curiosity. I stumbled upon my attorney and a few area police officers.”
The police do not usually publish their names and addresses, for obvious reasons. Gannett has broken that firewall, for no other reason than a political agenda.
My second call was to a Norm M. in Westchester County. He, too, had no idea that his name and address was published. He also was a complete gentleman. Although he was disappointed that his information was published he, too, acknowledged that this was their right, albeit irresponsible. Norm also cited that his gun permit is in complete compliance with the law and that Gannett was attempting to “point fingers and capitalize on the building media hype that law abiding citizens are the problem.”
My last call legitimized Steve Z’s point. I spoke with a D.J. in Westchester County who had just heard about this story on ABC News and wondered if she was on the list. My call confirmed what she feared. D.J. is a retired police detective and is very concerned that the list could be used by disgruntled felons looking to settle a score. She’s taken great pains to keep her whereabouts hidden and it was all undone by Gannett, and for no good reason. Ironically, D.J. counts herself as someone who doesn’t believe citizens should have access to military grade weapons, but sees no problem at all with citizens “arming themselves to protect themselves and their domicile.”
I hope this story doesn’t go away. I hope Gannett is sanctioned in some meaningful way. I hope the customers they are insulting, and endangering, cancel their subscriptions.
Gannett cites iOwnTheWorld as being largely responsible for the spread of this story.