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After newspaper's gun-permit map, blogger posts journalists' addresses. Fair?

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New York (CNN) -- A blogger has posted the home addresses of staffers from a newspaper after the paper published an online, interactive map showing names and addresses of all handgun permit-holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties.
Christopher Fountain, who is also a gun owner, spoke to CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" on Thursday to explain his reasoning behind the posting. "I felt they were using this to harass gun owners," Fountain said of the newspaper's staff. "So I harassed them back."
Fountain posted the name, home address and phone numbers of the Journal News' publisher, editor, visual editor and several other staff members. Fountain told CNN's "Early Start" that he was offended by the newspaper's actions and "wondered how they would like it if their addresses were published."
The map published by the Journal News on Saturday allows readers to zoom in on red dots that indicate which residents in the two New York counties are licensed to own pistols or revolvers. It has prompted more than 2,300 comments as of Thursday. anet Hasson, president of the Journal News Media Group, defended the decision in a statement on Wednesday.

"One of our roles is to report publicly available information on timely issues, even when unpopular. We knew publication of the database (as well as the accompanying article providing context) would be controversial, but we felt sharing information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown (Connecticut) shootings," she said.

Although Fountain's own address was not among those published by the Journal News, he told CNN he believes they were "conflating legal gun owners" with the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that claimed the lives of 20 children and 6 staffers on December 14.

Fountain's blog is called "For What It's Worth," and he currently is a real estate agent in Greenwich, Connecticut. The post, entitled "Sauce for the goose or, home address and phone number of Journal News publisher," had prompted more than 500 comments as of Thursday.

Calls by CNN on Thursday to the Journal News for comment were not immediately returned.

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  • Nyretiree 2013/01/04 00:32:18
    not fair
    Nyretiree
    Poetic justice, however, one can not declare it unfair to publish gun owner addresses then turn around and say it's fair to publish journalists' addresses.
  • Cn2012 2012/12/31 00:09:14
    Fair
    Cn2012
    If you act petty, chances are you will receive the same response.
  • James 2012/12/29 20:12:39
    Fair
    James
    Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Derrr.....
  • Tordgaard 2012/12/29 12:22:50
    Fair
    Tordgaard
    +1
    Sure, it's fair. However, I sure hope no overly zealous gun owner decides to fire on one of their homes.
  • kiote1963 2012/12/29 05:39:12
    Fair
    kiote1963
    +1
    Absolutely fair...the newspaper is lucky that's all that has happened...so far...
  • Marc m 2012/12/28 23:58:34
    Fair
    Marc m
    +1
    Unless your a hypocrite or a democrat ... Oops I'm being redundant, aren't I.
  • RicardoCabeza 2012/12/28 18:38:31
    not fair
    RicardoCabeza
    Trash does not justify more trash, and besides it is not as if anyone is going to show up and steal their typewriter and coffee maker because they could not get one.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2012/12/28 18:08:43
    Fair
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    What do they they say about turnabout???
  • Bronar 2012/12/28 18:08:21
    not fair
    Bronar
    Seems like an invasion of privacy, but on a positive note if I were a crook looking to rob in a neighborhood I'd know which houses not to hit.
  • DougE 2012/12/28 17:47:25
    Fair
    DougE
    +2
    comletely, and lets see the coward react to it. It's time these progressives reap what they sew.
  • Lady Wh... DougE 2012/12/28 18:09:11
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    Ain't the progressives....
  • DougE Lady Wh... 2012/12/31 16:36:10
    DougE
    Wouldn't it be nice if this paper reported on election fraud, illegal immigration, welfare fraud, or the unconnstitutionality of our President with the same vigor?
  • frank 2012/12/28 17:42:38
    Fair
    frank
    +3
    I think it is funny now that the table has been turned around on the news paper.
  • TidBit 2012/12/28 17:41:59
    not fair
    TidBit
    my answer was supposed to be fair. what's good for the goose.....
  • TheBadOne 2012/12/28 17:09:03
    not fair
    TheBadOne
    I disagreed with that newspapers decision to do that, but two wrongs simply don't make a right.
  • Birthpangs 2012/12/28 16:56:11
  • frank Birthpangs 2012/12/28 17:34:52
    frank
    +1
    That is a good idea.
  • Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA 2012/12/28 16:48:21
    Fair
    Mytstar ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    The Newspaper was just asking for trouble by posting the Names and addresses of gun permit owners...being That it is public information...still shouldnt give them the right to exploit it in their paper
  • EDWARD G 2012/12/28 16:34:04
    Fair
    EDWARD G
    +1
    Is there any privacy left?
  • Birthpangs EDWARD G 2012/12/28 16:57:14
  • Todd Parsons 2012/12/28 16:21:13
    Fair
    Todd Parsons
    +6
    And Here is HIS address...Also Fair..... sff
  • EDWARD G Todd Pa... 2012/12/28 16:35:00
    EDWARD G
    A pox on his house!
  • The Gipper~PWCM~JLA 2012/12/28 15:59:42
    Fair
    The Gipper~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    That is great! It's about time the journalistic establishment figured out that, we the people, can now play the game too!
  • UnusualSuspect 2012/12/28 15:42:34
    Fair
    UnusualSuspect
    +1
    The posting of gun owners names and addresses by the paper was nothing more than a matter of public record.

    All the newspaper did was make it easier for those who wanted to know that information, which was already in the public domain.

    However, posting the names and addresses of people that may not be part of public record is not the same thing.

    I'm not certain if Mr Fountain did that, but if he did put names and addresses on the internet that are not part of the public record (phone book, county records, etc), then he possibly broke some laws, and he should be questioned.
  • EdVenture 2012/12/28 15:32:33 (edited)
    Fair
    EdVenture
    +2
    Maybe they'll publish the names and addresses of all law enforcement people, including the courts. See how that goes over.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/12/28 15:04:27
    Fair
    Christopher Kirchen
    +2
    If journalists are going to show where gun-owners are, they basically paint a target on their backs.
  • marty 2012/12/28 15:04:04
    Fair
    marty
    +4
    Not only does the newspaper seem to imply 'the trouble-makers,' it also tells criminals where to hit and who's an easier target (those without guns). Like all government registries, the gun registry only 'serves' to harass those on it.
  • Peggy 2012/12/28 14:28:20
    Fair
    Peggy
    +4
    Freedom of speech works both ways!
  • Amasaman 2012/12/28 14:28:05
    Fair
    Amasaman
    +2
    Just because something is public information, doesn't mean it needs to be spread around to everyone. There is such a thing as tact.
  • All American 2012/12/28 14:22:32
    Fair
    All American
    +2
    Absolutely. Letters to the editor? Now you know where to send them. ha ha Turn about is fair play.
  • RED DAWN All Ame... 2012/12/28 16:00:45
    RED DAWN
    +2
    The Editor
    Cynthia R. Lambert
    17 McBride Ave.
    White Plains,NY-10603
    Phone (914)948-9388
    Work (S)(914)694-5001
  • All Ame... RED DAWN 2012/12/28 16:04:25
    All American
    +1
    Way to go! Everybody, take note.
  • John Hall 2012/12/28 14:19:51
    Fair
    John Hall
    +5
    It's fair game to me I think what the newspaper did was just stupid .
  • yaaarrrggghhh 2012/12/28 14:14:46
    Fair
    yaaarrrggghhh
    +1
    Addresses are not considered private information.
  • Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA 2012/12/28 14:12:02
    not fair
    Mel the Witch POTL PWCM~JLA
    +4
    The editoral staff's address home and cell numbers should be posted
  • Flowers 2012/12/28 14:08:11
    Fair
    Flowers
    +4
    LOL!!! Serves them right!
  • Charles E 2012/12/28 14:07:32
    Fair
    Charles E
    +2
    Absolutely! At least the blogger had a rational reason for what he did and put no ones life in danger.
  • ~*~Denai Da Guru~*~ 2012/12/28 14:07:05
    not fair
    ~*~Denai Da Guru~*~
    +2
    These guys would have a cow if their names and addresses were put out in the public like that, What makes it right?
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/12/28 14:06:04
    not fair
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +2
    Blogger may have broken the law - the permit map is public information and was acquired through legal means. The home addresses may or may not be public information (i.e. if in phone book is public) - if it was not, it is an invasion of privacy.

    I just feel sorry for the folks without the red dots - all the criminals know
  • yaaarrr... Jackie ... 2012/12/28 14:11:10
    yaaarrrggghhh
    +5
    If the guy was able to find the addresses legally, they would be a matter of public information.

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