In the wake of the Newtown shooting, the Lower Hudson (NY/CT) Journal News published an interactive map of every single legal carry permit holder in southern Connecticut.
Regardless of whether they’d ever committed any sort of crime (which, indeed, none of them had – because Connecticut has a pretty restrictive permit law).
This is pure harassment.
And that’s why it’s such great fun to see regional bloggers hitting back in kind, finding and publishing the addresses of the newspaper’s “journalists”.
(Which is, by the way, exactly why the writers of Minnesota’s carry permit law fought so hard to make permits a non-public record; you just know the media in the Twin Cities would do exactly the same thing).
Wonder if this’ll pop up on NPR’s leftymedia-friendly “On The Media” this weekend? Bonus question: how badly will Bob Garfield and Brooke Gladstone’s case of vapors over the affront to the sanctity of journalistic secrecy be?
UPDATE: The media are not amused. The editor is playing martyr.
To which Joe Doakes responds via email:
My response to the journalists’ complaint would be:
“Frequently, the work of bloggers is not popular. One of our roles is to quickly report publicly available information on timely issues, even when unpopular. I knew publishing the names and addresses of all journalists connected with reporting the names and addresses of applicants for gun permits would be controversial, but I felt sharing information about journalists living in our community was important to start a conversation about the media’s culpability in educating and inspiring copycat killers in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings.”
Hey, if it’s good enough for her, it’s good enough for me.
Fortunately, in Minnesota the lists of CCW permittees are not public records (thanks, Joe Olson!).
But I think finding a list of anti-gun media figures who have carry permits would be useful. I can think of two so far…