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The Journal News came under fire recently for publishing an interactive map showing the location of registered gun owners in the Hudson Valley region. After much negative publicity, harassment and admonishment from local law makers the newspaper decided today, to remove the map from their website.
Below you can find a copy of today's letter to their readers.
The scene out of Albany last night was one of common sense winning out, but sadly in today's electoral landscape that qualifies, as uncommon as political valor. New York Democrats, and a lot of Republicans decided that assault weapons designed for our military to fight wars shouldn't be stocked on the shelves of Wal-Mart in the Empire State. Among other things they said that it would be a good idea to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Yes America, even after Newtown these are legislative hills, okay for Albany, but too steep to climb in Washington.
Like millions of you, I went about my daily routine this morning, that included packing up the kids and dropping them off at elementary school. I was a better dad than this past Friday, before America’s latest reality, when I barked at one who forget her lunch, another who forget his jacket, and the oldest for taking forever to get out the door. Routines and realities changed in the last 72 hours, givens are replaced by worries, and our most precious commodities, the things we would all die for - our children suddenly seemed so fragile.