In spite of the fact that gun rights activists retaliated against a New York newspaper that published the names and addresses of gun owners, the publisher and editors have decided to double down on the process and publish even more names and addresses, according to a report today at American Thinker.
When the paper, The Journal News, published its first round of names, gun owners retaliated by publishing the names, addresses, and phone numbers of newspaper personnel. This information is considered public and can be found in any courthouse in America.
Reporters for The Journal News, however, complained that publishing their information is a danger to their families and children. Gun owners expressed incredulity concerning the complaint, given that reporters did not consider nor care about the fact that the gun owners whose names and addresses the paper published also have children.
But rather than learn a valuable lesson that public information used against gun owners can also be used against reporters, the newspaper plans to double down on its practice and is preparing to publish yet another group of names.
Gun rights activists, however, have more retaliatory tools at their disposal, which they plan to use.
For example, pressure can be placed on advertisers who buy space in the newspaper. In the past when papers have targeted gun owners, activists conducted broad-based campaigns to target the papers’ main advertisers, threatening to boycott the businesses if they continue placing ads in the newspapers in question.
Further, a reader at Sipsey Street Irregulars suggested,
…anyone living in the areas affected by this “news”paper needs to go out and have a Boston Tea Party with this paper. Paint it, ruin it, cut it, rip it, destroy it, make it unreadable and unsellable. Unless the vending machines are the property of the “news”paper, leave ’em alone. They’re the personal property of someone else trying to make an honest living. Same with stores, book stores, kiosks, and front porches – do not destroy. We want to keep the good will of the people with us.
Another reader at Sipsey Street went further to float the possibility that the change slots on newspaper vending machines be filled with crazy glue and that all of the newspapers in every vending machine in the reading area be removed. The papers could then be thrown into the trash miles away.
The gun rights activists are outraged that The Journal News has decided to conduct a smear campaign against them. One reporter at MSNBC, for example, stated that gun owners should be treated like child molesters and sex offenders, with their names printed for all to see.
The Journal News has a long history of expressing open hostility toward gun owners and the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
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