Dominick and Hondo sent us links to the story that the Journal News of the Lower Hudson River region has removed their interactive map to the homes of legal gun owners in their region. They claim that it’s not because they were scared or anything, but because they’ve made their point and the map is beginning to become inaccurate;
The newspaper wasn’t caving to public pressure, and the decision wasn’t an acknowledgment that it made a mistake, Hasson said. In fact, she said, many community members applauded publication of the permit data.
“Our decision to do so is not a concession to critics that no value was served by the posting of the map in the first place,” Hasson said.
“Nor is our decision made because we were intimidated by those who threatened the safety of our staffers. We know our business is a controversial one, and we do not cower,” Hasson said.
“But the database has been public for 27 days and we believe those who wanted to view it have done so already. As well, with the passage of time, the data will become outdated and inaccurate,” she said.
Yeah, false bravado. They had no real point to begin with. If they were really brave, they’d publish an interactive map to the homes of people with unregistered weapons. That would take take some real journalistic skills, though, and we won’t be seeing any of that coming out these folks whose only skill is filing a FOIA to get the names of people who have no intention of breaking any laws.