Just a trad irresponsible.
The intentions of the Journal News’ editorial board in publishing a highly controversial “interactive gun map” are further occluded by an inconvenient fact.
According to Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato, in Rockland County a large number of the names and addresses on the map are not even correct.
Piperato said, “I’d figure about 25 percent of the addresses are not accurate.”
He explained that when persons change their address or pass away it is supposed to be reported to the County Clerk’s office, but the county has no means to vigorously enforce this regulation. Thus pistol permit and other permit registries are not reliably accurate as a source of addresses in Rockland.
The Journal News editorial board’s justification for the interactive map has been that it shows where potentially dangerous guns are in the neighborhood, yet they have been aware all along that the map is grossly inaccurate. Rockland residents have reported that the information on the gun map is sometimes more than 20 years outdated.
At a press conference Piperato lambasted the Journal News for their publication of the map. He said, “This is no way to sell newspapers. I want to demand the Journal News get that map and that list off their website.”
He noted in 2006 when the Journal News editorial board requested gun permit information he successfully pleaded with them only to publish names and towns, and leave the addresses out of it. This time he had no such luck.