Gun Group: Boycott Paper's Advertisers Over Gun Map
New York gun advocates aim for the Journal News
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 31, 2012 12:49 PM CST
A screenshot of the Journal News' online map of permit pistol owners in two New York counties.   (

(Newser) – Gun advocates are targeting a New York newspaper's most sensitive spot—its wallet—over the paper's online map of gun owners, Politico reports. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association is asking "concerned citizens" nationwide to boycott advertisers of Westchester's Journal News, which sparked an uproar by publishing an interactive map of pistol permit holders in two counties. The map was a "wanton act" that "has put in harm's way tens of thousands of lawful license holders," said the association in a press release.

The group is calling on people to tell the paper's local and national advertisers—such as Best Buy, IKEA, and Target—to stop placing ads until the map is taken down. "State that you will no longer patronize any advertiser" that uses Gannett, the paper's parent company, the group said. "In particular, contact advertisers with whom you already do business, and who may know you personally." The Journal News Media Group, which is planning to add more gun owners to its map, has no comment thus far.

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Jan 3, 2013 6:03 PM CST
I have had my handgun permit since 1967 and have never hurt any one. I have not used my Ruger since 1980, and now these clowns come up with this BS and my land lady saw my name in the paper and has ask me to leave you place. I can not blame her is in her late 80's and is worried. Now I have to find a place to live in which I can afford. I had to get a birthday gift for my grandson, i skiped Bestbuys and went to Walmart, Best Buys lost $298.00. They should thank the paper for their lost on my end.
Jan 3, 2013 12:57 PM CST
Altho' this may seem to have effect in terms of putting the hurt on management, the people hurt are only the families that work there that are much like you and me. There is a direct line to the fiat money for those at the upper tier of the conspiracy to strip this nation of its constitution. Boycotting has only a short term effect because it only brings the > intended < retaliation and an eventual polarization that kills. The truth is there are very few people with the conscience that drew up the constitution and most people have traded in their morality for feelings void of truth. I call it political correctness. Much like Observer's comments reveal how PC her comments are below. She cannot think about protection of a better good because to her its ALL good. Relativity wins!Another part of this shows that those at the helm of these PC organizations have access to information that will, as it says above "put gun owners in harms way". Folks, wake up to the war. This is but a tiny battle. The information that we are now giving away can and will harm us (just as much as a gun, Observer).
Jan 1, 2013 1:08 PM CST
Why should a "lawful gun owner" be in harm's way by showing up on this map. I thought people are safer when they have guns nearby or on their person. Am I confused or do the gun owners fear that having a gun increases a person's danger? Guess what - it does. Guns are dangerous by design.