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Death threats, reporters’ families targeted over controversial gun-owner map

When the Journal News published a map that details the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties, the paper’s editors say, they expected some criticism — but not death threats.

According to the New York Times, “Information [has been posted online] about where their children attended school; some reporters have received notes saying they would be shot on the way to their cars; bloggers have encouraged people to steal credit card information of Journal News employees; and two packages containing white powder have been sent to the newsroom and a third to a reporter’s home.”

The powder proved to be harmless, and, so far, much of the blow-back has been happening online.  In New Rochelle, the Talk of the Sound blogger Bob Cox attempted to turn the tables by creating his own map that pinpoints the homes of Journal News employees.


This map posted online claims to show the addresses of Journal News employees. The map is in response to the paper’s controversial decision to publish a map showing the addresses of gun owners.

“I don’t think my map is particularly fair to the Journal News employees, many of them have nothing to do with the story, but that’s in the same spirit of the Journal News map which is equally unfair,” Cox told PIX 11 News over the phone from Florida.

Still, Cox said, he did not think the story would take a threatening turn.

“I certainly don’t endorse the types of things I’m reading in the New York Times, about the threats, anthrax scares, getting people’s children involved, I just wanted to address the appropriate response and I thought my map was that response,” said Cox, who insists he will not take the interactive map down from his site.


State Senator Greg Ball, who represents Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, is not sympathetic to the recent security concerns of newspaper employees who have hired an armed guard stationed at their building.  He has been vocal about the Journal News’ decision to publish the original gun owner map.


The Journal News created this controversial map in the wake of the Newtown shooting. It shows the addresses of registered gun owners and was widely criticized by gun rights advocates

In a statement to PIX 11 News, he said, “When asked to take the site down, they [Journal News] told all of these good, law-abiding people to ‘eat cake’.  Well, now these same editors are getting a taste of that poisonous cake.”


At the Journal News headquarters in White Plains, armed guards will continue to protect the offices indefinitely.


469 Comments to “Death threats, reporters’ families targeted over controversial gun-owner map”

    john said:
    January 9, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    I feel no sympathy for these tyrant hypocrites. You mess with the bull you get the horns. They get whatever’s coming. You don’t like an armed and free population…..Then go to North Korea.

    Tom said:
    January 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Goose; meet the gander!

    hunterson said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    The newspaper put allof those law abiding citizens at risk. For no other reason than cheap shallow politics.
    They hired guards…but did they offer any actual proof of threats?

    tomtom said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    So, the vultures finally clip their own wings. It would be great to see all of them homeless and standing in soup lines with their families!

    moveon_nj said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    When will the paper post a similar map for: Level 3 sex offenders, HIV positive residents, convicted drunk drivers, illegal aliens,child porn offenders, their own staff's criminal records,those convicted of domestic violence and of course as part of full closure ,the names of all employees who fall into any of these categories even if they live outside the affected area.
    Time for someone to post the names of all of the paper's ADVERTISERS who support the paper outrageous actions and the same for all the other Gannett papers.

      rachel said:
      January 9, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      And for people who had abortions. Since we are paying for them now, I want to know who these murderers are.

    meir said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    First amendment rights have been exercised . Sorry fourth estate you have been tagged. Deal with it.

    Leo said:
    January 9, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    This newspaper tried to 'bully' people for no reason. The tables have been turned!!

    tngma said:
    January 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM

    So…did the Journal News post the names and addresses of their "armed" guards?

    anonymous said:
    January 9, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    its not the gun owners at risk, its the ones who don’t have guns that are at risk. this just shows a criminal which houses not to rob. some people just don’t think, and they’re the ones who are running media propaganda, and our government.

    Wolf said:
    January 9, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Liberals are people with bad judgement and delusional values who cannot perceive big picture reality. Liberals, like their Neanderthal ancestors, are dimwitted.

    Liberals exist in packs like dogs, horses, Neanderthals, and baboons, etc. because they cannot think cohesively or comprehensively well enough for themselves to survive as individuals, therefore they must always follow the bully (dominant) leader (Lenin, Stalin, MAO, Hitler, Castro, etc.).

    The Republic of United States of America & its Constitution was designed by intelligent rugged individualist existentialist humans who could think cohesively and comprehensively in ways that enabled them to be caring curious, brave, bold, and industrious.

    The Republic (Rule of Law), along with an infrastructure built to guarantee individual rights & equality (no one is above the law, especially politicians, religious leaders, popular or lobbyists or wealthy individuals, etc.), the U.S. Constitution and its Amendments, were all designed to give all the power to the people and very little or NO power to the government. Add to that Republic the adoption of the Capitalism as the best means to deliver the most goods & services at the fairest prices and history reveals the combination of a Republic, capitalism, individual rights, the right to keep bear arms to protect us against tyranny, and freedoms of religion, travel, privacy (no police Gestapo's), the right to own property, etc. all add up to a very healthy & prosperous life for anyone lucky enough to be a United States citizen.

    The enormous contributions the United Sates citizens were able to make to help win 2 world wars alarmed every communist dictator & bully in the world! Vladimir Lenin is credited with the strategy that is tearing apart the United States today: Lenin wrote a white paper & gave a speech instructing all communist parties in the world to infiltrate the United States and take over the movies, schools, newspapers, magazines, the liberal Democratic party, labor unions, and radio broadcasts. When TV became the Main-Stream source for News (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, NPR) brainwashed American Bill Clinton changed the laws so the Main-Stream News could be taken over by the Movies companies that were already controlled by the communist party.

    It is time to for the American people to take back control of the Main-Stream-Media from the Neanderthal liberal communists!

    Hoth said:
    January 9, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    I have no sympathy at all for the journo scum. You reap what you sow.

    Tony said:
    January 9, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Why don't they do us a better service and print the names and addresses of the illegal gun owners and known gang bangers?

    Ron said:
    January 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Liberals are extremely ignorant as to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights……..

    What other constitutional rights should we give up because some crazy nut does something stupid?

    Obama has already taken away your right to a fair and speedy public trial……..how much more willl real Patriots tolerate?

      rachel said:
      January 9, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      Also the NDAA. Our rights have been stepped on and erased ever since the Marxist was elected. And it's costing us MORE for the abuse.

    ron said:
    January 9, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Obama wants to abolish the bill of rights, he wants to take away your right to defend yourself from government tyranny first for some reason…..just like Hitler and Castro and Mao did before him.

    rachel said:
    January 9, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    What did the "reporters" at Journal News THINK was going to happen when they put everyone at risk (both gun owners AND defenseless homes)? People would just wring their hands and cry? Well guess what…you picked on law abiding citizens for the wrong reason! And now the Journal News people have the audacity to complain when the tables are turned on them? LOL. Hey…the gun owners can defend themselves, but the pansies at the Journal News have to hide. They don't like being harrassed? Well boo freaking hoo. They got what they asked for.

    Snake said:
    January 9, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Breaking news! Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts schedules a case by Attorney Taitz regarding Obama’s forged IDs to be heard in conference before the full Supreme Court

    Posted on | January 9, 2013 | No Comments

    Noonan referred for full conference by the Suprem Court

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    Law offices of Orly Taitz

    Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States John Roberts scheduled a case by attorney Orly Taitz dealing with Barack Hussein Obama’s use of forged IDs to be heard in conference before the full Supreme Court. The case titled Noonan, Judd, MacLeran, Taitz v Bowen provides a mountain of evidence of Barack Obama using a last name not legally his, forged Selective Service application, forged long form and short form birth certificate and a Connecticut Social Security number 042-68-4425 which was never assigned to him according to E-Verify and SSNVS. Additionally, this case provides evidence of around one and a half million invalid voter registrations in the state of California alone.

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    No. 12A606
    Edward Noonan, et al., Applicants
    Deborah Bowen, California Secretary of State
    Docketed:December 13, 2012
    Lower Ct:Supreme Court of California
    Case Nos.:(S207078)
    ~~~Date~~~~~~~~~~Proceedings and Orders~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Dec 11 2012Application (12A606) for a stay, submitted to Justice Kennedy.
    Dec 13 2012Application (12A606) denied by Justice Kennedy.
    Dec 26 2012Application (12A606) refiled and submitted to The Chief Justice.
    Jan 9 2013DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 15, 2013.
    Jan 9 2013Application (12A606) referred to the Court.
    Attorneys for Petitioner:
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    Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
    Party name: Edward Noonan, et al.
    Attorneys for Respondent:
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    P. O. Box 944255
    Sacramento, CA 94244-2550
    Party name: Deborah Bowen, California Secretary of State

    Charleton Heston said:
    January 9, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Journal News,
    How dare you put the law abiding gun owners lives at risk! DEAL WITH IT!! YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE!

    rachel said:
    January 9, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    It also lets rapists know which homes can be broken into without risk of getting shot.

    rachel said:
    January 9, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Armed homes AND defenseless homes were BOTH put at risk for different reasons. So it's good that the idiot journalists are now also feeling less secure now. What goes around, comes around.

    Mike said:
    January 9, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Lier's. The paper hired private security WITH GUNS after the police looked at their "threats" and said there was nothing there. Sheeple, eat it up.

    mike said:
    January 9, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Who you think is more dangerous, legal law abiding gun owners or welfare recipients? I'd love to see a map of all those on the government dole!

    Cal said:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    I hope they can't sleep at night now that it is clear that none of them can defend themselves!

    JSS said:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    I'll bet all those policemen are real happy that their addresses have been published so that the criminals can find them now. Guess it's too much to expect a liberal to look beyond their own narcissistic needs. But then if they had a brain they'd be even more dangerous.

    Maxwell said:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    there was a story about prison guards being intimidated by prisoners that are reciting the guards Home address back to them to them and making threats, PIX should interview these guards and let viewers see what Gannett is promoting.

    Suzanne said:
    January 9, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    If some goofball alleged "journalist" were to pull that crap here in Texas…. they'd have a tough time finding blank spots on the map to put those markers! Really! The reason one would not want to attempt a mugging here is that the would-be mugger is facing at least 50/50 odds that they'd be facing someone who is packing!

    John Russell said:
    January 9, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
    time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.
    It is its natural manure."

    Proud american said:
    January 9, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    My town Boulder City NV would look like one big red dot. I’d be proud to be one of them. It’s a shame a News paper would try to shame people by publising thier names and addresses for owing a gun. It wouldn’t hapen here,they wouldnt sell one paper the week after they pulled a stunt like that. As for publishing the name and adderss of the papers employes forget it. It would be childish and spitful and lower you to thier level.

    OldOllie said:
    January 9, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Isn't this EXACTLY what they wanted to happen to the legal gun owners whose lives they deliberately put in jeopardy? What I don't understand, though, is what self-respecting gun owner would take a job providing armed security for these rotten, constitution-hating, liberal bastards.

    one american said:
    January 10, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    Our forefathers asserted our unalienable rights with the 1st amendment assuring us freedom of speech and the 2nd to defend that right. Neither amendment gives us immunity as to the repercussions of using those rights. Many patriots, protesters, civil rights advocates, and even early “News” men dealt with the consequences of their free speech actions. Most people that have abused their 2nd amendment rights have also paid their price. At issue is the release of data collected by governmental edict about which people have firearms in their homes. It is very easy to get lost in the forest and forget the trees that show how easy it will be to get the guns from citizens that followed the law to legally possess what they have. Centralized databases are the first step in controlling people. First who has what guns, then when there is not fear of retribution what type of blogs, emails, Facebook, groups, or associations people respond or belong to. I often wonder if there would have been an Auschwitz if the Jewish people had guns. How many less people would have died under Stalin, Khmer Rouge, Mao Zedong or the Greek genocide in Asia Minor?

    “History is a vast early warning system” ~Norman Cousins

    Ask Questions said:
    January 10, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    You have to wonder what is going on, Obama wants an Defense Secretary who will dismantle the military and the President wants to disarm Americans. Why has nobody asked why? Maybe when we answer that question we will know the real purpose of all this kabuki theater. What is the real objective at the core of this debate?

    Jack said:
    January 10, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    i hope someone pays one of these Journal News employees a visit

    Susan said:
    January 10, 2013 at 5:03 AM

    Time to make a map of all women who got an abortion.

    January 10, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    good for the goose good for the news

    January 10, 2013 at 6:14 AM


    matt said:
    January 10, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    We, as responsible gun owners are better than this. Is it possible that a fraction of these threats are from gun owners? Sure, but it is as likely that the liberal left is sending these threats in the name of gun owners to stir the proverbial pot. This is not outside the realm of normalcy for them. They have call for the murders of NRA President and high up officials of the NRA and have also said that Alex Jones should be shot. These people, if we should even call them human beings, should be tried and prosecuted for defamation along with conspiracy to murder as far as I am concerned. I respect the opinions people have whether I personally agree with them or not, this is something that is afforded to liberals from conservatives, but I have yet to are them afford anything except Obamaphones, Obamacare, and now a witch hunt on guns.

    art said:
    January 10, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Darn, I just feel soooo sorry for those reporters….life just sucks when you get what you dish out!!!!!!!!…Schucks I'm a tellin' ya it jes' ain't fair…!!!!!!!!!

    bondmen said:
    January 10, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Irony of ironies when government influenced, politically correct media relies upon the same weapons for its protection that it would like to see taken away from The People. Enough said.

    Drew said:
    January 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    How ironic – the Newspaper has hired guns.

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