Gawker “outs” all New York City gun owners

Gawker, an internet gossip site, has now published a 446-page document identifying every licensed gun owner in New York City.  Judging by the comments left at Gawker’s site (which I will not dignify with a link), people are not happy.  And they have reason to be unhappy:

Referring to the earlier piece in the Journal News, one commenter wrote: ‘The journal posted my address and name for my gun ownership. My past stalker saw this. I haven’t heard from him in two years, because I disappeared.

‘Now he is back and calling me……thanks to people like you bunch of a*******, looks like I will have to protect myself from becoming a murder victim. Gracias.’

I think it’s seriously time to start outing these journalists for anything and everything. After all, they’ve made it clear that they think publicly available information should be aggregated and put in a form readily available to anyone who wants it — for good or ill.


Incidentally, it’s the aggregation that’s the issue.  The average criminal isn’t going to go to the effort to pour over publicly available files to determine which people in a given neighborhood are unarmed, and therefore sitting ducks, or which people in the same neighborhood have a weapon that would be valuable in the black market for arms.  However, the average criminal is equally unlikely to turn up his (or her) nose if a media outlet is kind enough to assemble the information and even to provide helpful interactive maps.

Stories such as this one really make me want to hang a nice, new sign in my front window, with additional text stating “This could be you” appended.

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(By the way, I achieved that nice spread you see on only my second outing ever with a pistol.)

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  • Charles Martel

    A nice counter to this would be to publish the names and addresses of everybody who doesn’t have a weapon. When the predictable outcry arises, we need only ask a simple question: “What’s wrong with publishing the names of progressive, enlightened people who do not believe in having a violent means at hand to protect their homes when the police are just 20 minutes away? Who could possibly object, and for what reason?”

  • Earl

    Martel:  That would be a MUCH bigger list… NYC, you’d want to arrange it according to neighborhood, in order to facilitate its use by those who need such information.