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Ball Issues Statement on Journal News Gun Permit Map, Introduces Legislation to Prevent Future Acts of Idiocy

Ball: “Asinine Journal News Editors treat sex offenders better than law abiding gun owners”

Brewster, N.Y. – 12/26/2012 – Today Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) called for the Journal News Newspaper, a Gannett Company, to immediately remove a map they have posted on their website that unethically reveals homeowners with pistol permits in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam Counties. The Journal News says that the information contained in the map was obtained by submitting Freedom of Information requests for the names and addresses of pistol permit holders by county. Senator Ball has now announced that he will introduce legislation in the New York State Senate, to prevent this from happening again.

“The asinine editors at the Journal News, have once again gone out of their way to place a virtual scarlet letter on law abiding firearm owners throughout the region. The immediate elimination of the information posted on the Journal News Website is the only way we can ensure the safety and liberty of these New Yorkers. This is clearly a violation of privacy, and needs to be corrected immediately. The same elitist egg heads who use their editorial page to coddle terrorists and criminals are now treating law abiding citizens like level three sexual predators. Am I surprised? No. Should every person with commonsense be offended? Yes. Furthermore, the Journal News has placed the lives of these folks at risk by creating a virtual shopping list for criminals and nut jobs,” said Ball. “Publishing this information on a website provides criminals with a map of where they can steal firearms from lawful owners for later use in the commission of crimes. Preventing the theft of guns and their criminal misuse is an important public-policy goal. This map is bad for the good guys and good for the bad guys.”

In the Assembly Ball multi-sponsored Assembly bill 820, legislation which would prohibit the public disclosure of information in an application for a pistol license with exceptions for prosecutors and police conducting an active investigation. Senator Ball will be introducing similar legislation, immediately. The bill would protect lawful gun owners from being targeted by thieves for firearm burglaries and eliminate a database criminals could use to extort their identity-theft victims.

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Ann Fanizzi January 03, 2013 at 06:52 AM
There is a constitutional double standard: the poster FJT would have no problem overturning Roe v. Wade, but would never entertain the possibility that the current interpretation re: second amendment, could be re-examined.
Teleman January 03, 2013 at 01:39 PM
The lack of rational thought and reason here is reaching fever pitch. Simply amazing how uninformed, irrational people are so confident in themselves, they are actually calling for change/repeal of the 2nd amendment. You are a sad bunch of sheep that would so willingly give up your Constitutional rights and trust the government to provide you with your little fanatsy lives free of bad people and bad things. Pathetic. Maybe that's part of the problem with this 20-something generation- the helicopter parenting, the risk removing, ritalin prescribing, prozac prescribing, parents that think spending time with your child means to sit and play an xbox 360 game with them.
Teleman January 03, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Why does our friend Ann not respond to factual corrections on her "errors"? She just ignores and throws out another volley of gibberish unrelated to this issue. Emotion is the anit-gunners friend here- they praying on it and hoping to get legislation passed based on emotion- not FACT. That is why the anti-gun politicians are in such a hurry to get this done- the gullible, low information voter will could care less weather any of this nonsensical legislation would actually have any effect.
Francis T McVetty January 03, 2013 at 01:49 PM
@My Patriotism is Bigger than Your Patriotism, Those numbers are inconsequential. They are like the amount the president proposed in spending cuts in relationship to spending but even more disproportionate.
Francis T McVetty January 03, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Ann, even one of the parties in that case says she was wrong. Who would know better than her. At least she has a conscience. It is NOT ok to kill an animal but it is ok to kill the unborn, and you wonder why we are where we are?
Francis T McVetty January 03, 2013 at 02:06 PM
The " low information" voter is putting it mildly. Not only uniformed but also misinformed. When your source of news if the "daily show" ,MTV, ET, MSNBC, CBS, NBC,ABC, CNN, PBS, NPR, BBC USA, and the outstandingly accurate New York Times, this is what you get. I have spoken to foreign visitors that have more knowledge of what is actually going on in our country. They know who is who in our government. Think I am off in this, ask some of your friends to name government officials and what they do? Ask about the basic operation of our government agencies. I would point out that those over 60 will probably give you more correct answers. The dumbing down of America is working out just fine, just look around. More money spent on education per capita this country than any other country except one. We rank 18th in overall achievement and even lower in the math and the sciences. Just what are we getting from our hard earned money?
Frank January 03, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Thanks for your support & blog Greg. As a permit holder in westchester county I am very angry with their reckless decision to post the names & map.
Ann Fanizzi January 03, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Roe, Heller and Citizens United are all part of the culture of death, the latter with its decision that corporations are persons and that money is speech is literally destroying the basis of our Constitution, We the People.
Bjorn Olsson January 03, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Francis, has it ever occurred to you that if you are convinced that basically all media except Fox, including NPR, NY Times and the BBC are misinformed and/or misinforming, maybe YOU and your favorite fringe sources are the ones not getting it? Education: efforts like No Child Left Behind are ruining education with tests, tests and tests.
Ann Fanizzi January 03, 2013 at 03:02 PM
From a low-information jurist, Antonin Scalia -Scalia, a strict interpreter of the Constitution, said there's an "important limitation" on the right to bear arms. "We think that limitation is fairly supported by the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of 'dangerous and unusual weapons'," Scalia wrote, in an opinion first cited by UPI over the weekend. Scalia reiterated that sentiment in July of this year when he told Fox News Sunday that the Second Amendment leaves room for federal gun control legislation.
James Adnaraf January 03, 2013 at 03:13 PM
You are basically saying Scalia is ignorant, but since you like his limitation on the right to bear arms, you quote him. Which is it? Is he low-information (diplomatic for ignorant) and thus not worth quoting? Or is he worth quoting (thus, he must be intelligent)? I get an almost laugh at how you are suddenly willing to quote people whose intellect you trash, when they have a sliver of agreement with you. Will you quote Scalia on anything you don't agree with (abortion, Obamacare)? Or is his intelligence limited to the sliver of agreement you have in this limited case? By the way, I agree with Scalia, and regardless of one's judicial philosophy, this is a very intelligent man. You see, and it is often not accepted on this forum, two intelligent people can have differing viewpoints on an issue.
James Adnaraf January 03, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Why would you quote a person you think is ignorant?
Francis T McVetty January 03, 2013 at 03:44 PM
More importantly there is a LIMITATION PLACED ON GOVERNMENT, which the government fails to see. If we continue on this path, we will be NO better than the country we broke from all those years ago. Look back and see the reasons we broke from England.
James Adnaraf January 03, 2013 at 03:45 PM
My Patriotism is Bigger than Your Patriotism: You are one of many who routinely insult people with whom you disagree. Do you think people who disagree with you are, in the main, intelligent?
Ann Fanizzi January 03, 2013 at 03:46 PM
Thank you My Patriotism, you understood what I was trying to say. I guess James et al just don't get it.
Francis T McVetty January 03, 2013 at 03:51 PM
The government is already restricting our rights under the second amendment NOW. We can't own certain types of weapons. Types of ammunition are also restricted. Those who ACTUALLY know about what is going on in regard to firearms, know this. The others, like the Brady Bunch have no idea. They call rifles, "assault rifles". They call semi-automatic weapons "automatic" weapons. They judge the "look" of the gun when coming to restrict it.Senator Dianne Feinstein when writing the "assault gun ban' did just that. If it looked menacing then it was an "assault weapon". That is a fact.
Mike January 03, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Where in the Constitution does it say you can murder babies?
James Adnaraf January 03, 2013 at 04:00 PM
To Ann Fanizzi: I got it, you think Scalia is ignorant. And, you think I am ignorant. If you look at your posts, you also routinely attack the intelligence of those with whom you disagree. Two questions- Is Antonin Scalia intelligent? Can someone with whom you disagree be intelligent and well informed?
Teleman January 03, 2013 at 04:08 PM
First of all, there is nothing "unusual" about a semi-automatic handgun or rifle. They are by far the most common type of firearms- with hundred of millions, if not billions of hem posessed by people around the world. As far as "dangerous"? that is just plain dumb. The more you post Ann, the more uninformed and ignorant you look.
FJT January 03, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Ann, based on your comment above, your level of intellectual honesty on a scale of 1 to 10 is a 1. And now you're attempting to coin goofy adjectives like "low-information". Educators of your caliber may help explain the rapid growth of home schooling. Based on the nonsense you've been posting here over the past few days, I pity the children whose minds you must have harmed during your years in the NYC public school system.
James Adnaraf January 03, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Any part of the constitution can be re-examined by the Supreme Court. Roe V Wade, 2nd amendment, etc. It is important to note that the constitution specifically mentions the right to bear arms, but is silent on abortion. That does not invalidate or validate Roe V Wade, but it is relevant to the question of what level of government is relevant in terms of regulating abortion (yes, there is a small amount of regulation, even in abortion procedures) Let's see if Ms. Fanizzi can manage to answer this without name calling. Any bets?
Francis T McVetty January 03, 2013 at 04:11 PM
James you can picture My Patriotism is Bigger than Your Patriotism walking down the street with his/her nose in the air. That is what an Elitist does, just look at the President when he speaks. I guess it is good to be the king, right?
Teleman January 03, 2013 at 04:25 PM
What you are saying totally makes our point! Yes, we're glad you have finally come to the conclusion that people are unpredictable. That is called "life". That unpredictability is what makes life worth living. Or would you rather us all be robots whose behavior is controlled by the government- and everyone has a nice rosy life full of gumdrops and rainbows- I know this is what liberals think they can achieve by taking our freedoms away.
Full Truth January 03, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Then you better leave the country. The list didn't tell you who has rifles or who smokes cigaretts. What a fool!
Ann Fanizzi January 03, 2013 at 04:50 PM
James - i give up - you simply don't get it. Scalia is absolutely very intelligent and if he who wrote the opinion, believes that there are limitations to the 2nd amendment and that some types of guns need to be controlled, why don't you.
FJT January 03, 2013 at 04:50 PM
How were you ever allowed to teach children?
James Adnaraf January 03, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Ms. Fanizzi, you characterized/insluted Scalia as a "low-information jurist". I did not. That is what got this interchange going. The problem I have with you is your insult to Scalia "low-information jurist" followed by your now saying he is intelligent. Which is it? I concur that there are limits to the 2nd amendment. I also believe that gun control, which I support (as long as it does not materially restrict the 2nd amendment right), will be of very limited impact. It is maybe 10% of the problem. Nevertheless, I support it, within reason. What I dislike on this blog, and you practice it (among many others) is the name calling. You don't see that from me. And I repeat, you first insulted Scalia, then used his logic to support your point, and then upon follow up questioning, you concede he is intelligent.
Ann Fanizzi January 03, 2013 at 05:33 PM
One more time, I was responding to a comment by Teleman and here it is. "That is why the anti-gun politicians are in such a hurry to get this done- the gullible, low information voter will could care less weather any of this nonsensical legislation would actually have any effect."
James Adnaraf January 03, 2013 at 05:39 PM
My Patriotism is Bigger than Your Patriotism: Incapable of responding without insults, which you do not see from me, and you call me ignorant.
FJT January 03, 2013 at 05:52 PM
You make some very good points, including: "Maybe that's part of the problem with this 20-something generation- the helicopter parenting, the risk removing, ritalin prescribing, prozac prescribing, parents that think spending time with your child means to sit and play an xbox 360 game with them." But, it's not just the 20-somethings, many Baby Boomers are just as detached from reality, offering childishly simple solutions to complex problems, i.e., if they even care to offer anything at all.

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