Newspaper That Published Names of Gun Owners Hires Armed Guards for Protection
There are developments in the story we brought you recently about a New York paper's decision to publish the names of law-abiding gun owners in Westchester County, with reports coming in that the paper has now hired armed guards to protect them.
The Journal News' attempt to publicly shame gun-owners garnered national attention, with some lawmakers calling it not only shameful but possibly illegal. However, any backlash they've received doesn't appear to have phased the publication, as they're now attempting to do the same with the names of gun-owners from Putnam County, as well. A clerk in that court has denied the request so far.
Greg Ball, a New York state senator,
sat down with Megyn Kelly on Wednesday, saying that the paper's actions not only endangered those with guns, but those without, and it must be stopped. "At some point as elected officials, we need to say enough is enough."
"This isn't about the Second Amendment," he said. "We're talking about thousands of people who live very private lives ... victims of domestic violence, former New York City police officers who have put the worst of the worst behind bars who are trying to protect and raise their families who have now been exposed in a very public way."
Ball is referring to the fact that now that the home addresses of such citizens has been made public, retaliatory crimes could take place. "We've gotten reports in other states of similar instances where it's led to criminal actions," he said.
Megyn Kelly pointed out the potential harm that could come from criminals knowing which residences were not armed, as well.
"Part of security is not letting people know what your defense plan is," she said.
Ball says that the Left is using the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in which 20 children were killed as a way to move the debate to their side.
"Everybody with common sense wants to do everything we can to prevent atrocities [like that]," he said, countering that the Left "used that moment and every day since to move it as far to the left as they can, and I think it's blowing up in their face."
The paper did make a statement following the onslaught of backlash, but didn't apologize, in essence saying that while they knew posting the names and addresses would "be controversial," they thought it was important after the Newtown shooting.