Gawker has gone above and beyond their call of stupidity by posting a list of names, of every gun owner in New York City. It follows the move by the Journal News to publish home addresses of gun permit owners in Westchester and Rockland counties last month.
In an article titled: Here Is A List Of All The Assholes That Own Guns In New York City, the article gives the first and last name of gun owners and is sure to incite controversy and anger.
The 446-page document is readily available from the NYPD with a Freedom of Information Law request – but contains only the names of gun owners and not addresses.
However a secondary list exists online which shows both names and addresses as New York State requires that gun owners register with them and not just a local police department.
Gawker hasn’t taken into account that many people would rather not have their information published.
And with the age of Google Maps, what if someone uses this information to harm an individual?
Gawker reports that an hour after they posted the article, they received death threats…
(with more to come I’m sure)
Read more here.