Mind-numbing hypocrisy

| January 3 2013
Christopher Cook

It’s almost beyond words. The elite simply believe that there are different standards for them and for us:

The manager of a business in West Nyack, N.Y., Caryn McBride, was receiving vaguely menacing “negative correspondence” and phone calls. At least twice she made reports to police, in one case telling them “she was worried because an email writer wondered ‘what McBride would get in her mail now.’ ”

The cops told her there was nothing they could do, for the communications were not true threats and thus “did not constitute an offense.” That didn’t reassure McBride, who was understandably worried that the missives might have come from a dangerous criminal. So she decided to protect herself with guns.

As the Rockland County Times reports, McBride is the Rockland editor of the Gannett-owned Journal News, a rival newspaper based across the Hudson in White Plains. “Due to apparent safety concerns,” the Times reports, the Journal News “decided to hire RGA Investigations to provide armed personnel to man the location.” The Times “has not investigated” whether the paper’s headquarters is also protected by men with guns. (White Plains is in Westchester County, outside the Times’s circulation area.) Nor has the Journal News reported anything on its own hiring of armed guards.

Under normal circumstances, a company’s lawful security arrangements would hardly be newsworthy. But as we noted Monday, the Journal News provoked the bitter backlash that so frightened McBride by publishing a report in which it named residents of the two counties who have done exactly what the Journal News has now done: lawfully availed themselves of their rights under the Second Amendment.

The article, titled “The Gun Owner Next Door: What You Don’t Know About the Weapons in Your Neighborhood,” was accompanied online by a database listing the names and home addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties. (The Times reports that officials in Putnam County, north of Westchester, “have since announced their intention to not comply with the Journal News’ request for the names and addresses of pistol permit holders”).

Keep reading. Simply stunning.

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