Apparently seeking to one-up the Journal News, the website Gawker has published a 446-page list of licensed handgun owners in New York City (Outdoor Hub has decided not to directly link to the article and its attendant list. -Editor). The blog, which was published by Gawker contributor John Cook on Tuesday afternoon, has drawn a massive amount of criticism from both sides of the gun control debate and since undergone several revisions.

Adding to its confrontational allure was the article’s original title, “Here Is a List of All the Assholes Who Own Guns in New York City,” which has since been sarcastically struck out to read “Here Is a List of All the Assholes Handsome Law-Abiding Citizens Who Own Guns Some People in New York City.”

The list is based on information Cook obtained over two years ago via a Freedom of Information Act request to the New York City Police Department and classifies each licensed handgun owner based on the type of permit they hold. The document does not include licensees’ addresses.

The publication has led to outrage from gun owners and gun control advocates alike. One commentator on the Gawker site echoed the opinion of other posters by starting off his criticism with “what does this prove? What is the point John?” Another highly-responded to comment came from another poster who claims to be against firearm ownership, who stated:

I don’t get the point. Keep in mind I am not pro-gun. I don’t like them. I think they’re more trouble than they’re worth. I just don’t get the point of singling out law abiding citizens whose only crime is owning gun… which is enshrined in your own constitution.

The article continues to be regularly updated by Cook, and the list was intermittently unavailable at the time of this article’s publication.

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4 thoughts on “Gawker Releases 446-page List of New York City Gun Owners

  1. Giving up my address to potential thieves would be grounds for a major lawsuit if I am ever a theft victim. If the Gawker folks are so vehemently anti-gun, how could they be stupid enough to expose my address to criminals, the same criminals who already do not obey any gun laws or any laws. They have assisted them in getting my gun and putting that gun where it can be used against anyone they now choose including the dumb arse Gawker fools that disclosed and published info on legal owners who have caused no harm or duress to anyone. These guys get the ACE Hardware Award. They are as dumb as a bag of hammers.

  2. WTF right does a rag like Gawker have to target law-abiding citizens by releasing information like this?? I hope they get sued into oblivion. This is outrageously stupid, unethical and immoral. They might as well have painted a target on these citizen’ foreheads. And the backlash will mean Gawker is going to need armed guards ironically. What an assinine decision!

  3. the funny thing though……..the people who want you to get rid of your guns are now targets by default………they are NOT armed. LMAO, wake up people that stupid move was a double edge sword…oh, maybe you should give those up too OMG.

  4. I would like to see a list of every single person employed in government, with their title and wages, and their voting record for the city council, schoolboard and state and federal representatives – maybe if they feared a few repercussions for their attacks on liberty they would be a little more respectful of the limits on government listed in the Bill of Rights.

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