Gun-Owner Outing Newspaper’s Map Was Wildly Inaccurate

It was bad enough that a New York newspaper published the names and addresses of thousands of New York’s legal gun owners putting many of them in danger, but now it has been discovered that much of the information on the map was wildly inaccurate. Worse, the Journal News didn’t make any effort to verify the information it published.

When the Journal News posted the interactive, Internet map it was supposed to reveal the names and addresses of thousands of legal gun owners in the county in which the paper is published and that it did. But as it happens, the information provided by the county also contains much data that is years out of date.

As both Instapundit and HotAir reported on Tuesday, the gun permit holder information that Rockland County supplied to the paper is filled with addresses and names of people who may no longer even be among the living.

The Journal News was forced to admit this week that only some 3,907 of the nearly 17,000 names and address it published were current permit holders. The rest are what the county terms “historical” permit holders, many that have been on the books for years, sometimes decades. Some permit holder names even go as far back as the 1930s.

Gun permit holders in New York are supposed to update county records when they move and when a permit holder passes away, the family is supposed to report that to authorities so that information can be updated in county records. However, few gun owners ever follow up with these changes. As a result, many of the names and addresses on the Journal News map were of deceased permit holders, permit holders who have moved away, or those who no longer own guns or have let permits lapse.

Until recently, many counties in New York had issued permits that were good for the holder’s lifetime with no renewal period. New laws will require permit holders to renew their permits every five years.

After the Journal News posted its map of gun owners, a rash of burglaries tied to the map broke out putting homeowners and gun owners in danger. But if many of the addresses on the map were of homes where no guns exist because the information was out of date, that means thousands of homeowners were put in danger by the newspaper and didn’t even have the means to protect themselves.

With its map, the Journal News put thousands of gun owners at risk, but by not bothering to verify any of the information it published, the paper also put many more thousands of defenseless homeowners in danger. As Ed Morrissey says, the Journal News should dump the cheap activism and actually start producing journalism and objective news reporting.

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Posted by on January 31, 2013.
Filed under 2nd Amendment, Asshats, Barack Obama, corruption, Culture Of Corruption, Democrats, Douchebag Of The Day, Dumbasses, Gun control, Liberals, Media.
Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events.He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com"The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • JWH

    That map gets worse and worse. Lesson for the day: If you’re going to run a story on gun ownership, don’t publish a damn map with addresses. Use aggregate statistics.

    • UOG

      And this may be pretty strong evidence that their purpose wasn’t “to run a story on gun ownership.”

  • LiberalNightmare

    That’s the thing about stupid ideas.
    As time goes by they just get more and more stupid.

  • GarandFan

    But..but..but their LIBERAL! They only want what’s BEST for society. And they’ll damned well tell you want “best” is!

  • Vagabond661

    they can’t even maintain accurate voter rolls and they want a National Database on gun owners? Bwhahahahahahah!

    • retired.military

      Their voter rolls are accurate. THey have every person on them who has died in the past 10 years.

  • retired.military

    It is that layer upon layer of fact checking that they do.