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Poynter: Why It Was Wrong To Publish Gun Owners' Names

Was The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News' decision to publish names and addresses of local gun-permit holders a courageous move furthering gun control, or a snafu? Poynter's Al Tompkins analyzes the latest media brouhaha in a long, well-reported and thoughtful piece and concludes that the paper was not justified in its invasion of privacy. "I like it when journalists take heat for an explosive, necessary, courageous investigation that exposes important wrongdoing.There is journalistic purpose and careful decision-making supporting those stories," he writes. "But The News Journal is taking heat for starting a gunfight just because it could."

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  1. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited, January 2, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.

    Chaos creating not information producing is what they did which can create more problems than any it cannot solve. It can be compared to yelling fire in a crowded theatre. Even though all guns should be registered, licensed and insured as automobiles with a ban on all assault weapons for civilians, exposing people who may be qualified to own certain weapons for security positions (and such) and instigating thunder and lightening for unnecessary fire and brimstone is more than irresponsible. There are consequences to actions and those who are responsible for printing that need a new profession.