Journal News under fire for publishing gun owners database

A lot of people are unhappy with Gannett’s Journal News and its website, lohud.com, for publishing names and addresses of local gun permit holders. “We knew publication of the database would be controversial but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings,” says editor CynDee Royle.map (There are about 7,500 comments on the CNN.com story about the database controversy. “CNN did not immediately see any in support of the newspaper’s decision to publish the interactive map,” the network reports.)

Jim Hopkins writes on Gannett Blog:

Readers have now retaliated by making public what they claim is Gannett CEO Gracia Martore’s home address in Virginia as well as her photograph.

“House is loaded with highly valuable easily transprtable items,” a poster identified only as “vintovka” wrote in a typo-riddled comment on a website for assault rife enthusiasts. “As a promonent liberal from suburban D.C. she probably goes to a lot of well publisised funerals, during which her house would be empty.

“While she does have and alarm system a simple smash and grab robbery would be highley profitable.”

A blogger/real estate agent has posted the publisher’s home address and contact information for other Journal News staffers. His readers also have done records searches and found out, for example, that Royle drives a red convertible. “Nice house,” one commenter says of the editor’s residence. “Wooded lot, too. Lots of places to hide.” The next comment: “Lol. That was the 1st thing I thought of when viewing those pics of her palace!”

* Journal News assailed for publishing map of gun permit holders (lohud.com)
* Newspaper sparks outrage for publishing information about gun owners (CNN.com)
* Purported home address of Gannett CEO is posted online (gannettblog.com)
* Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood? (lohud.com)
* New York lawmaker nows wants to keep gun records private (politicker.com)

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