investors.com / 12/27/2012 06:56 PM ET
It should have been sufficient for the Gannett-owned Journal News, headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., reporting on increased calls for stricter gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre in nearby Newtown, Conn., to have noted that about 44,000 people in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties in the Lower Hudson Valley — one of every 23 adults — was licensed to own a handgun.
But using data obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, the paper went further and printed an interactive map showing the names and addresses of gun permit holders — a pathetic attempt to shame and embarrass them for exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
In an editor’s note accompanying the map, it’s pointed out that Journal News reporter Dwight R. Worley hypocritically owns a Smith & Wesson 686.357 Magnum and has had a residence permit in New York City for that weapon. It is not known if his house is one marked on the map, but at least he can post a “Protected by Smith & Wesson” sign.
Hypocrisy among those supporting more gun control is nothing knew — from the liberal elites who live in gated communities to Hollywood and music industry stars who travel with armed entourages. Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California is readying legislation to reintroduce the ineffective 1994 ban on assault weapons that expired in 2004 with no impact on the crime rate.
Yet, as radio talk show host Mark Levin points out, Feinstein owns a concealed firearm. “If somebody tries to take me out,” she says, “I’m going to take them with me.” Seems her life matters more than those of her constituents.