Patch Comments: 'If You Build It, They Will Come'

The publication of gun permit owners' names and the death of a homeless man are just some of the topics that got Hudson Valley Patch users talking on the comments board last week.

Should You Know Which Homes Have Guns? [POLL]

"Lost in the emotional outcry is that fact that the map published by the Journal News/Lohud.com does not identify gun owners. It only identifies handgun permit holders. Consequently it does not identify what guns are kept at any particular address, or how many. And since permits are not required for rifles or shotguns, the map provides no information about ownership of them at all. Naturally the map also doesn't show the names of people who own handguns without the required permits. So: want to know who in your neighborhood has guns in their house? The map won't help very much with that. I think gun permit info should be public, but I also understand the objection by some permit holders that the map is equivalent to having a scarlet letter painted on them when they've done nothing wrong and have complied with the law." -- Nick Richards


"What's good for the goose is good for the gander. How is it shameful to "publish" their information which is readily available." -- Jaques Strape


"This is an invaluable marketing tool for criminals. Now they know exactly which houses are safe to break into. I can't see why anyone who doesn't have a gun would want this information public." -- Steve Wilder

... and ...

"Terrible idea to publicly display law abiding people's addresses this way. What a breach of privacy! Even if names aren't used! They are not child molesters or sex offenders. Shame on the Journal News for scaremongering. The ultimate responsibility lies with parents. We have to ask when our children play somewhere if there are guns and how are they secured. A visit to your child's playmate's home for assurances is the best way to protect your child. Or your adult friends' homes too! And by the way, Having a pistol license does not mean a person actually owns a pistol. And a final thought, with the question about banning assault weapons, which I think is a great idea, let's not forget that when George Washington drafted the second amendment to include the right to bear arms for a well organized militia, that the guns of that day were muzzle loaded, black powder weapons.... Nothing like what's out there today. So, yes, we should all have the right to bear muzzle loaded, black powder guns.... And keep them locked away from kids too." -- pauline schneider

"Dear Liz and Stephen, it was wonderful to see your story told of taking tragedy and doing the only thing you can with it- make other lives better. Mary Cain" -- mary cain

Homeless Man Found Dead in Memorial Park

"I agree with Patricia, this is not an isolated tragedy. The SDA Church at the corner of Hudson and Broadway gives a hot lunch and groceries to many of Nyacks homeless every Tuesday. The village citizens must help the Mayor to secure a shelter, especially during the winter months." -- Richard Lugrezia

... and ...

"Yes, lets build a shelter, so that Nyack becomes a magnet for even more homeless, and other communities have a place to dump their homeless, If you build it, they will come, buy the scores." -- INTHEKNOW

Rye Officials Unanimously Support Pending Sustainable Playland Agreement

"Of course Rye likes it...Sustainable Playland is removing most of the rides and making it a more passive park and will reduce attendance and traffic." -- ArTDecoPlayLand

... and ...

"Sustainable Playland is anything but. It will destroy the character of the park by building a massive for-profit sports facility while removing enough rides to make the amusement park unsustainable. The fact is that if more people in Rye understood the impact of this plan, they would not support it." -- Summer


The Journal News has fielded many calls, emails, questions and comments since the report's publication. Go here to read the FAQ it published in response.

Full Truth December 31, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Yes, some of them work for the Jellyfish News.
James Adnaraf December 31, 2012 at 07:02 PM
A friend of mine has a very nice handgun, under lock and key, and a rifle, also safely stored. If you wonder why he has those guns and ask him "what are afraid of?" , his response will be "absolutely nothing".
Full Truth December 31, 2012 at 07:10 PM
You said it! They do.
Full Truth December 31, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Yup! The Jellyfish News hired armed guards. Too funny. Boycott The Journal News and all advertisers.
Full Truth December 31, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Fellow gun owner, you are 100% correct. They should be sued for discrimination. Oh and it's The Jellyfish News now.


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