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Gossip blog publishes names of ‘a**holes’ who own guns in NYC

If you dare to exercise your constitutional right to own a gun in New York City, for personal security, hunting, training, or any reason whatsoever, you are an…

After the Journal News of New York’s Hudson Valley published the names and addresses of all local gun owners, prompting a firestorm of outrage, the New York City gossip blog Gawker has decided to take a shot at one-upmanship.

“Here is a list of all the a**holes who own guns in New York City,” announces Gawker writer John Cook, who does not include the courtesy asterisks.

Cook explains that he obtained a 446-page list of the names of all the city’s gun owners some years ago from the NYPD under a Freedom of Information request; New York law stipulates that the name of anyone who manages to obtain a gun in the city (as in Washington, D.C., this requires a lot of money and usually an “in”) is public information.

The addresses are not included this time–but not because Cook has any problem publishing that personal information. Those could only be obtained by suing the NYPD, he says.

He adds that the list includes Roger Ailes of Fox News, Donald Trump, the son of Estee Lauder, and a few more notables–this was reported years ago.

And in a gracious postscript, he adds, “And for the record, they are not all a**holes. (Asterisks mine) Some of them need guns for legitimate reasons for their jobs, like providing security for a**holes.”

As he makes abundantly clear, he has no idea who the vast majority of the people on the list are at all.

Got that? If you dare to exercise your constitutional right to own a gun in New York City, for personal security, hunting, training, or any reason whatsoever, according to Gawker you are an…

You know what? I’m not going to say it again.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope???s email is