Do I want my neighbors or anybody who has an Internet connection to know to know I own a gun? It might seem strange for me to say it like this, what with it being on the Internet but my last name and address isn’t attached to this article so you don’t know exactly where I live. And I choose to share that I own a firearm.
But what about the people in New York State who had their names and address published via Google maps telling the world they owned guns (and, by extension, who didn’t own them)?
They didn’t choose this nor did their neighbors.
Guerrilla warfare-like tactics are being used by the Left to shame or scare gun owners into voluntarily surrendering their 2nd Amendment rights.
Sure, anybody could have gone to the county clerk and, via a Freedom of Information request, learned who had firearm permits in New York State but few people were so inclined much less using the resourced of a newspaper to do it and populate an online database for easy searching.
Now that the list of two counties is online, a New York County clerk is refusing to honor further requests because he says it endangers people:
The defiant New York county clerk who has refused to hand over names and addresses of handgun permit holders to a newspaper that has stirred controversy by publishing the public information is standing firm, saying it’s a matter of safety.
“This certainly puts my public in danger,” Putnam County Clerk Dennis Sant said in reiterating his stance against the Journal News, a daily paper that serves the New York City suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties.
Anti-2nd Amendment Liberals use the excuse that what they are doing is legal so the consequences are not their problem.
Well, according to some prison guards in New York, they are now getting threats from inmates who have learned their keepers’ home addresses from the online database:
Inmates in local prisons have approached guards to say they know their home addresses, Rockland County Sheriff Lou Falco told the news conference.
Lives put at risk, both for the armed and the unarmed.
The newspaper that published the information is defiant:
Journal News Publisher Janet Hasson did not respond to several requests for comment Thursday but has issued statements previously standing behind the newspaper’s project and maintaining residents have a right to see such public information.
Welcome to the new guerrilla intimidation war of the Left.