The Journal News in West Nyack, N.Y., which created a firestorm last month when it published an interactive map of gun permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties, has hired armed guards to protect their offices after receiving a flurry of phone calls and emails critical of the move.
According to the Rockland County Times, the Journal News has hired a private security company, RGA Investigations, to handle security in the wake of negative response to the paper’s decision to publish the names and addresses of gun permit holders.
The guards “are armed and will be on site during business hours through at least January 2, 2013,” according to the Times.
Despite the criticism, and the increased security in the wake of the maps publication, the Journal News remains defiant, and said they will be adding a map of pistol permit holders in Putnam County, which is surely not going to go well with those law abiding citizens when it is published.
It’s ironic that the despite the anti-gun mentality of the Journal News, the first thing they did when they felt threatened was to hire armed security guards. It seems to be perfectly fine for the paper to defend itself against potential threats, but not for ordinary citizens to do so.
Dylan Skriloff, the Rockland County Times’ associate publisher & editor-in-chief, may have summed it up best when he wrote, “Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander.”