Blogger turns tables on gun map

Dec. 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM   |   Comments

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A blogger who published the names and home addresses of a New York newspaper's employees said the newspaper staff "were being hypocrites."

Earlier this week, the Journal News, a suburban New York City newspaper, published the names and addresses of people with gun licenses in Westchester and Rockland counties, Politico reported. The publication caused outrage from the right and from some readers.

"We knew publication of the database [as well as the accompanying article providing context] would be controversial, but we felt sharing information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings," Janet Hasson, the president and publisher of the Journal News Media Group, said Wednesday.

In retaliation for the incident, Christopher Fountain on Wednesday published on map that identified Journal News employee, as well as their places of residence.

"Well, I just thought they were being hypocrites," Fountain told CNN. "In the aftermath of Newtown, it was obviously one tragedy, but somehow they were conflating legal gun owners with some crazed tormented devil up in Newtown and putting the two together. And I was offended by that and I wondered how they would like it if their addresses were published."

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