We were a bit afraid that this would become a "thing."
Two weeks ago, we reported on the Journal News, a newspaper based in White Plains, published the names and addresses of all the gun owners in and around New York City. As a result, readers and media folk alike flipped out, leading one blogger to publish the same information, except this time about the staff of the newspaper. Because two privacy infringements make a right.
Well, it looks like it happened again. Yesterday, Gawker's John Cook responded to a comment made by the notorious Ann Coulter, who asked to see the documents of all the "rich liberals" in New York that own guns, in the only reasonable way possible: by publishing a 446-page document (1.2 million people are listed) of just that. However, the document strictly states their names and gun license status - it came into Cook's possession through a Freedom of Information request a few years ago.
Naturally, this is when we tell you that a lot of people are pissed again. The NRA responding harshly is, of course, no surprise: that's what a gun owners' lobby is there for. But City Council Speaker Christine Quinn? That's a different story.More »