Now it is the advertisers and readers of a New York newspaper who are caught in the crossfire, after its controversial decision to publish the names and addresses of gun owners in its community.
The initial story by the Westchester Journal News on Dec. 22 prompted a bitter backlash by gun advocates, who published the names and addresses of some of the newspaper’s staff. Since then, supporters and critics of the newspaper’s controversial stand have been taking potshots at each other in a near-daily exchange that has drawn national attention.
“The data posted also includes active and retired police officers, judges, battered and stalked individuals, FBI agents, and more,” the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association said in a release that marked the latest escalation. “The Journal News has made no credible case, nor offered any valid reason, for releasing the data, and it serves no investigative or journalistic purpose. It merely invites harassment and burglary.”