This is a discussion on Breaking news: Attempted gun burglary tied to journal news gun maps within the The Second Amendment & Gun Legislation Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by dldeuce I still think the problem is that we've allowed the government to have this information. The government is the entity that ...
If those records were public record(it appears the are) I don't think any law suits will go anywhere..... The real fault lies on the legislators for not including protection of the records for public use as many states have.
"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation."
--Thomas B. Reed, American Attorney
Second Amendment -- Established December 15, 1791 and slowly eroded ever since What happened to "..... shall not be infringed."
As far as the people working there: This one is a little tougher. At a completely principled level, if people are voluntarily working for a corporation that they know does bad stuff, they're complicit. At a practical level I know that's a much tougher decision, especially in this economy where it may be difficult to get another job that pays the same.
This sort of mindless, unethical outing of upstanding people is most definitely one serious problem; and frankly if elected hirelings won't take care of the problem, the People will. Outing such folks who dare to out upstanding people is one of the tools in the arsenal, in such situations. More power to 'em.
Those who would toss out people's full contact info so they're at the mercy of murderers, rapists and robbers, then such folk should have their full contact info put out there in the same way, for all the same reasons, but also for the reason to stiffen their resolve to behave ethically in future, to have some restraint where sanity and rationality are involved, where people's very lives are at stake (in many cases) with the publishing of such data.
You're right, though: the "public" nature of the records is a problem. If the folks in that state don't want such upstanding people outed to the "highest bidder" (or those with least sense of ethics), they should lock it up tightly for use only by warrant in cases of single-person law enforcement actions inquiring about a person.
Bummer your spouse is with Gannett. Perhaps she and others get the clue, now. Perhaps. Then again, given reality, perhaps not. One can only hope.
What they need to do, instead of hounding the press, is to use all of the outrage to turn the people against the government and against the laws that have taken away their freedom. That's not what's happening. That's not the narrative that's being driven by the media.
IMO............Picket Lines at all GANNETT owned papers would be interesting.
As a journalist and as a firearms owner and private individual, I can appreciate both sides of the coin: the Freedom of Information Act, and the anger stemming from what the Journal News has done.
One must remember what kind of publication the Journal News is: a struggling left-wing publication that's gone through a large number of changes in a short period of time. They have no identity. They have few loyal readers compared to other publications in their region.
And, as we all know, they lack any ethical backbone.
Just because people have access to public records doesn't mean it's morally correct to do what the Journal News did. I can promise you there are members of that newsroom that disagree with what was done, for the obvious reasons, mostly that of safety concern of citizens they're outing. Furthermore, the only reason the Journal News did what they did was to stoke the flames in an attempt to capitalize on the current climate.
And look what happened: They might have gained momentary recognition, but it's not of the best kind. Tables were turned on them as employees' information was made public in a similar way. Now the publication is being investigated as what would basically be an accessory to a crime.
As journalists we have a responsibility to be fair, honest, and proper. Any respectful organization would refrain from doing what the Journal News did, and as you can see, the Journal News seems to be alone in their "crusade."