Unless you’ve been in an SR site overlooking a desert road junction for the last week or so, you’ve heard about the suburban New York newspaper that published a list of all the pistol permit holders in three New York Counties on December 23rd. They accompanied the permit-holder list with editorials vilifying them, blaming them for crime, and making implicit, coded calls for burglars to hit their homes.
The public did not respond well to this immature tantrum on the part of the Journal News editorial staff. This is particularly true of the gun culture, but also conservatives, civil libertarians and privacy advocates. Some counterattacked by publishing personal information about Journal News employees, particularly the editorial and publishing managers who made the decision to run this story. (We won’t link to that. While it may deliver a certain schoolboy glee, matters of public policy ought to be discussed in public without resorting to what the criminal hacker community calls “doxing” one’s opponents).
Many others used the published contact information to criticize the Journal News staff directly, text-to-face as it were. The paper’s reaction? To bug the local cops, demanding the critics be arrested. Seriously. Caryn A. McBride, editor for Rockland County, went to the Clarkstown, NY police and demanded that they crack down on the criticism she was receiving and “negative correspondence.” A local competitor (which has been on this story from the start, and seems to be a frequently uncredited source of other media reports) has the story:
McBride had filed at least two reports with the Clarkstown Police Department due to perceived threats. However, the police did not find the communications in question actually threatening. Incident-Report 2012-00033099 describes McBride telling police she was worried because an email writer wondered “what McBride would get in her mail now.”
Police said the email “did not constitute an offense” and did not contain an actual threat.
…The editors have said they believe knowing where guns are is in the public’s interest. The newspaper has also taken a strident editorial position in favor of strict gun control.
As is common with bansters, Caryn A. McBride, and the staff of the Journal News and its sister Gannett papers believe in “bans for thee but not for me.” They are so alarmed with the public criticism that they hired armed guards from an anti-gun rent-a-cop company called RGA Investigations and Security.
A Clarkstown police report issued on December 28, 2012, confirmed that The Journal News has hired armed security guards from New City-based RGA Investigations and that they are manning the newspaper’s Rockland County headquarters at 1 Crosfield Ave., West Nyack, through at least tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
Now, in case you haven’t got it, let us break it down for you, the way the Journal News sees it. Guns in the hands of private citizens, who might be anything from HVAC repairmen to university professors: menace. Guns in the hands of private citizens employed at near-minimum wage by some flaky security outfit: righteous.
So let’s take a look at Richard G. Ayoob, and RGA Invesitgations and Security. Using that investigative technique the Journal News apparently doesn’t know, called looking at their freaking website.
- Richard (can we call him “dick?”) has incredibly deep training. He takes pride in “graduating with honors from the National Guard.” Ooooooh. That’s so special. Can we touch him? (Actually, can anybody with more Guatd time than our 16 years explain this to us, ’cause it makes no sense at all?)
- Everyone named on the website is named Ayoob. Nepotism works best when you keep it in the family!
- They certify their own guards. That just gives us a warm fuzzy right there. Third-party, arm’s-length evaluation of personnel just makes it harder to get family members through the ticket punch, after all.
- And they turn loose a guard on the world with eight, count ’em, 8(!), hours of training. Unless the wannabe guard can’t sit still in a classroom for eight hours. Then he gets 16 mighty hours of on-the-job-training. (To be sure, there’s an annual certification, and these may not be armed guards. But this is clearly not an organization that aims high in personnel recruitment and training).
Now, that doesn’t particularly worry us. Given the frequency with which we write up negligent discharges around here, we wouldn’t turn loose guards with the statutory minimum of training, but then, that’s us, and we’re not in this market. (Wanna bet the Journal News chose the low bid for their guards?) On the other hand, it might be pretty frightening to a confirmed hoplophobe, like, say, everybody at Gannett or the Journal News, to know that despite the cop-like uniform, your rent-a-cop is giving away training points to Barney Fife,
You could have a lot of fun with this, say, for instance, using the Journal News’s pistol permit database to find all permit holders named Ayoob and any permit holder with whom they cohabitate. But like we said, we’re not in to doxing people who are just exercising their rights, even if we don’t agree with them.
How this is going to work out in the long run may be suggested by the local competitor that broke the arrest-demand and armed-guards stories:
As an anecdotal piece of evidence, the Rockland County Times confirms receiving an influx of new subscribers who stated they cancelled their subscription to the Journal News due to the gun story.
So as a journalist once said in another, less salubrious context. we’d say to the Rockland County Times guys: keep rockin’. Revenge tastes bitter, but victory is a kind of revenge that tastes sweet indeed, and the Rockland County Times is headed towards victory.
And you Journal News guys and gals and your Ayoob triggermen, you keep rockin’, too. And we’ll keep mockin’.