Posted by DrJohn on 9 January, 2013 at 12:03 pm. 14 comments already!

The Journal News in New York took it upon itself to publish a list of legal gun owners and found itself in the cross hairs of outrage. So much so that the editors felt they had to hire armed guards for their own protection.

Additionally, a list of the names and addresses of those working at the newspaper has been published and they don’t like it one bit.

The brain dead editor of the paper, Jane Hasson, expresses her displeasure with having to deal with the fallout of her exceptionally stupid decision:

But the article, which left gun owners feeling vulnerable to harassment or break-ins, also drew outrage from across the country. Calls and e-mails grew so threatening that the paper’s president and publisher, Janet Hasson, hired armed guards to monitor the newspaper’s headquarters in White Plains and its bureau in West Nyack, N.Y.

Personal information about editors and writers at the paper has been posted online, including their home addresses and information about where their children attended school; some reporters have received notes saying they would be shot on the way to their cars; bloggers have encouraged people to steal credit card information of Journal News employees; and two packages containing white powder have been sent to the newsroom and a third to a reporter’s home (all were tested by the police and proved to be harmless).

“As journalists, we are prepared for criticism,” Ms. Hasson said, as she sat in her meticulously tended office and described the ways her 225 employees have been harassed since the article was published. “But in the U.S., journalists should not be threatened.” She has paid for staff members who do not feel safe in their homes to stay at hotels, offered guards to walk employees to their cars, encouraged employees to change their home telephone numbers and has been coordinating with the local police.

Gee, let’s see. The Journal News singles out for ignominy and harassment people who are guilty of absolutely nothing other than abiding by the law and then has the audacity to be troubled by the reaction.

Not to be outdone in the stupid department, Gawker published the names of “All the Assholes…Who Own Guns.”

Among the “assholes” listed are Robert Deniro and Donald Trump. FWIW.

As long as we’re into lists, I have some suggestions for additional lists that are worthy of publication.

Food Stamps

A record 46.7 million people are on food stamps and it costs the US taxpayer over $75 billion per year. Let’s identify them. Let’s publish their names and addresses.

Welfare Recipients

Welfare money is being squandered liberally.

They’re on the dole — and watching the pole.

Welfare recipients took out cash at bars, liquor stores, X-rated video shops, hookah parlors and even strip clubs — where they presumably spent their taxpayer money on lap dances rather than diapers, a Post investigation found.

A database of 200 million Electronic Benefit Transfer records from January 2011 to July 2012, obtained by The Post through a Freedom of Information request, showed welfare recipients using their EBT cards to make dozens of cash withdrawals at ATMs inside Hank’s Saloon in Brooklyn; the Blue Door Video porn shop in the East Village; The Anchor, a sleek SoHo lounge; the Patriot Saloon in TriBeCa; and Drinks Galore, a liquor distributor in The Bronx.

Let’s see the list of those who spend our taxpayer money in this fashion.

NY York liberals don’t want this pornanza ended:


Democratic state lawmakers, led by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, have blocked welfare-reform legislation that would end “sinful spending” by preventing people receiving government benefits from withdrawing taxpayer-funded cash at jiggle and gin joints, The Post has learned.

The state Senate passed the reform measure last year — and if the Assembly doesn’t act by 2014, New York could lose $120 million in federal funding because of new regulations, officials warned.

“Sheldon Silver decides which bills come up for a vote, so it’s up to the speaker whether he considers this a priority,” explained upstate Republican Assemblywoman Jane Corwin.

And listen to this:

One reform opponent, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried (D- Manhattan), compared welfare recipients to municipal employees and said the government shouldn’t dictate how the taxpayer-funded checks are spent.

“Last I checked, this is America, and if somebody wants to propose that policemen, firefighters, sanitation workers, state legislators and other people paid with government funds be restricted as to what they use their money for, let them propose it,” Gottfried said.

I beg to differ. It’s not THEIR money. It’s OUR money.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood sucked down more than $540 million dollars of taxpayer money last year.

Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report for 2011-2012, released Monday, reveals that the abortion and women’s health provider received $542.4 million from taxpayers in government grants and reimbursements — constituting 45 percent of the organization’s revenue.

According to the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, the 333,964 abortions the organization performed in that timeframe represented a record high for Planned Parenthood. The group noted that from 2009 through 2011, the organization performed 995,687 abortions.

In the organization’s annual report message, Planned Parenthood chair Cecilia Boone and president Cecilia Richards expressed thanks to their supporters, and recounted some of the struggles the organization confronted over the past few years.

A million abortions from 2009-2011. I think it’s only fair to list the names of those who have benefited from taxpayer largesse and how many times each.

Mental Illness

The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 26.2 million people suffer from mental illness in this country. As 10% of the homicides are committed by the mentally ill the names of those being treated for mental illness should be published so we can cross-reference their names against gun owners or gun-owning family members.

Criminals

90% of homicides are committed by those with criminal records. Once again, the names of those with criminal records really should be published regularly so that they can also be cross-referenced against those who own guns. If someone on the list was seen carrying a weapon it could be reported to the proper authorities.

If there is a list of the mentally ill and of those with criminal records gun dealers and sellers would have a handy method to know to whom NOT to sell a weapon. There ya go.

Liberals apparently love lists so let’s have lists.

UPDATE

I forgot a list- the list of all members of Congress who own guns and who has a concealed carry permit.