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The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous
Posted January 1st, 2013

ROCKLAND COUNTY TIMES EXCLUSIVE

Armed guards from RGA Investigations have taken up post at the Journal News’ Rockland County headquarters  

BY DYLAN SKRILOFF

Journal News' Rockland headquarters in West Nyack, Town of Clarkstown

Guns are good for the goose but NOT for the gander.

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.

[Update 1/4/13-the guards will now be present indefinitely]

According to police reports on public record, Journal News Rockland Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of “negative correspondence,” namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing of a map of all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester.

Due to apparent safety concerns, the newspaper then decided to hire RGA Investigations to provide armed personnel to man the location.

Private investigator Richard Ayoob is the administrator of RGA. He told the Clarkstown Police on Friday, December 28 that there had been no problems on site at the Journal News headquarters despite the massive influx of phone calls and emails.

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 Journal News caused an international stir when they released an interactive map of pistol permit holders names and addresses in Rockland and Westchester counties last Sunday, December 23. 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.

Rather than take the map down following the public uproar, the executive board at the Journal News has decided to “stick to their guns” and double-down on their original decision, as they have said a map listing all pistol permit holders in Putnam County will soon to be posted.

[Update 1/2/13---Putnam County officials have since announced their intention to not comply with the Journal News' request for the names and addresses of pistol permit holders]

The controversial use of the Freedom of Information Act to create the interactive map may come back to bite the Journal News and others who would prefer that pistol permits remain public record.

New York State Senator Greg Ball has already introduced state legislation to make such records off-limits to the public and Rockland County legislators led by Frank Sparaco (R) will soon introduce a bipartisan-sponsored resolution with a similar intent.

It is not clear whether the negative reaction has threatened the Journal News’ true popularity as a news source. 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.

The Rockland County Times has not investigated whether the Journal News’ Westchester County headquarters in White Plains has beefed up security.

151 Responses to The Journal News is Armed and Dangerous

  1. Judy Andreas

    January 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I was once touched personally by this RAG and have boycotted it ever since. They would sell their own mothers to sell papers………….makes me sick…

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  52. whtnationalist

    January 2, 2013 at 8:42 am

    George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Rahm Emanuel, Dianne Feinstein, Frank Lautenberg, Nancy Pelosi, Piers Morgan… Gun bans are about hypocritical rich Jewish liberals waging war on white Christians. Most of us consider the right to bear arms as sacred as Easter or Christmas. It is a part of our belief system. Odd how they don’t want to disarm their guards, just us common people.

  53. whtnationalist

    January 2, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Indian women are applying for gun permits in the aftermath of the gang rape of a 23 year old woman. Sadly most will be denied the permit and the means to protect themselves. Let this be a lesson to American women, fight the gun banners or you will also suffer her fate. Read more about it here: http://www.infowars.com/indian-women-turn-to-guns-after-gang-rape-outcry/

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  62. ResponsibleGunOwner

    January 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    The Clarkstown Police opine that the complaints filed by the paper were “not found to be threatening”, “did not constitute an offense” and “did not contain an actual threat”.

    Yet the JN sees fit to protect itself with firearms, based on what *they perceive* as threats.

    I do not begrudge the paper for taking these steps, because…any reasonable person who perceives a current, potential or future threat has *every right to do the same* – but not be stigmatized for it, as I and countless others maintain the paper is attempting with those maps and their limp justification in the ensuing outrage.

    I will venture a guess that not one permit/handgun owner on either of the published maps will engage in any gun-related shenanigans aimed at the paper.

    I’d like the paper to publish a little map showing the names and addresses of the armed guards hired to protect against their perceived threats, because in their own words, “readers are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods”

  63. whtnationalist

    January 2, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Let’s try this again.

    The statewide newspaper for Iowa called for open violence. In an editorial by the Des Moines Register:

    “If some people refused to give up their guns, that “prying the guns from their cold, dead hands” thing works for me.”
    “I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control,”

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  106. treker

    January 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

    The Journal News staff requested Police presence at there homes and was denied. They then requested Off-Duty police officers, not one police officer volunteered.

    They just don’t get it….

    Most of our first first responders have permits.

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