Thank you, Journal News and Janet Hasson

If it saves the life of just one intruder ....Journal News Publisher Janet Hassan shows location of her own gun-free home (but watch out for her armed guards)

If it saves the life of just one intruder ….
Journal News Publisher Janet Hasson shows location of her own gun-free home (but watch out for her armed guards)

Ten out of ten burglars agree: Publisher Janet Hasson’s (3 Gate House Lane, Mamaroneck, NY) decision to publish an interactive map showing names and addresses of gun owners was a boon for thieves.

“That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen,” said Walter T. Shaw, 65, a former burglar and jewel thief who the FBI blames for more than 3,000 break-ins that netted some $70 million in the 1960s and 1970s. “Having a list of who has a gun is like gold – why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?

“What they did was insanity,” added Shaw, author of “License to Steal,” a book about his criminal career.

“They just created an opportunity for some crimes to be committed and I think it’s exceptionally stupid,” said Bob Portenier, 65, a former burglar and armed house robber turned crime prevention consultant.

Professional burglars are always looking for an edge, and like most folks, they read the paper, said Portenier.

“Criminals are always looking for opportunity and words travels through the grapevine—burglars trade secrets and when you see something like that in the paper, that’s is something burglar’s are going to talk about,” Portenier said. “‘Did you see in the paper where all these people have guns and their addresses?’ and that kind of stuff, they’ll say.”

While some burglars may use the newspaper’s information to avoid guns, Portenier said others will target homes with guns. The newspaper’s decision could even lead to legally-owned guns proliferating on the street, he said.

“That’s one of the first things we’d check out—guns are on the top of the list of what you want to steal,” he said. “They can walk out with a shotgun and a couple of handguns and sell them on the street for $300 or $400 a pop. They can sell them to a gangbanger who ends up killing someone.”

Frank Abagnale, who was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 film “Catch Me if You Can,” and is perhaps the most famous reformed thief to ever earn a legitimate living by offering the public insight into the criminal mind, called the newspaper’s actions “reprehensible.”

“It is unbelievable that a newspaper or so called journalist would publish the names and addresses of legal gun owners, including federal agents, law enforcement officers and the like,” said Abagnale, who noted that he grew up in the suburban New York area served by the Journal-News. “This would be equivalent to publishing the names of individuals who keep substantial sums of money, jewelry and valuables in their home.”

Connecticut Democrat Steve Dargan wants to make burglar’s jobs safer and more productive here. Feel free to contact him and let him know you appreciate his efforts.

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33 responses to “Thank you, Journal News and Janet Hasson

  1. Peg

    I was just about to email you this article – but – I figured you would beat me to the punch on it!

    I think this is your BIG opportunity to get your lawyer license out of mothballs. Class-action suit getting gigantic bucks from these utter morons!!

    I won’t even charge you for my utterly brilliant suggestion, either 🙂

  2. Mark B.

    And am I to understand Hassan remains steadfast in her defense of this map thing? With all the bad press and resistance from other counties, she still has not made a statement at least questioning in retrospect the prudence of what she did? Not a peep?

    • Mark B.

      Kinda cute too that she’s being ridiculed by former criminals…

    • In fact she’s doubling down and going after other counties’ records and has announced her intention to sue the Putnam County Clerk who refused to turn over names. Arrogant? Refusal to even consider the idea that her actions were wrong? Not Janet Hassan.

      • Mark B.

        She’s striking me as a Capt. Bligh figure at this point. There have got to be young people under her with a speck of insight who are not enjoying this. Where’s Clark Gable when you need him…?

  3. Balzac

    Just after the Newtown shooting, a multiple murder was interrupted and many lives saved by….. an off duty cop named Lisa, carrying a pistol. Funny we didn’t hear much from the media about this:

    Apparently one common use of a handgun is by a rape attack victim, who removes her pistol from her purse, which makes the attacker flee. She then declines to report the incident (why bother?) so it never shows up in the crime statistics.

  4. State of The Nation
    The convicted felons are more reliable than “journailists”.

  5. It’s called marketing research.
    I noticed them doing that right after a break-in. One kicks in the door, steals, and within a week they are canvassing the neighborhood selling burglar alarms. They have new and improved ones that only the hackers can shut down now, which is what they hope to pawn off on everyone.

    For the elderly, they simply call in a complaint with the city over a stick of wood or something no one else would notice. The city sends out a letter about the complaint-a dead branch in a shrub when the other houses have weeds 8″ tall- and then comes along hawking their systems because they want their signs in nice yards.

    Believe it or not!

    Furthermore, if the elderly aren’t voting as they should, they should be aware that the government is stocking up on hollow point bullets in order to get rid of them. Others are stocking up on the same in order to get rid of these people, too.

  6. Mazama

    From the linked article at

    “A blogger reacted with a map showing where key editorial staffers live…”

    A “blogger”!?!
    Excuuuuuuuuuuuuse me.

    Because 1) he’s a citizen journalist, i.e., someone doing the work that (formerly) “real” journalists won’t do and 2) he has a name and so does his web site.

    Not to mention he’s our (kinda, sorta) hero now for standing up to the bullies of one-sided Big News. Who have now learned that people who merely buy ink by the barrel better be careful when they get into fights with people who can spread gigabytes of information at the speed of light.

    You deserved more respect from them, Chris. Just sayin’.

  7. Peg

    “They” do whatever they can to diminish and insult those with whom they disagree philosophically. It’s why they refer to Chris as “a blogger” – why they say people like Tim Scott isn’t a “real” black man – why they refuse to run articles written by scientists who dispute man made global warming (changed to “climate change” because warming began to not square with the narrative) and so on and so forth.

    They really are no longer journalists at all. They are hucksters, selling their brand of revival religion and protecting their preachers who rake in the money.

    Disgusting what has happened to a once most useful, critical and noble profession … and quite frightening, too.

  8. AJ

    It seems to me that the anti-gun people know nothing more than the wisdom of the cave — they believe whatever is projected at them; their capability to think, replaced by tropes and memes.

  9. Curious

    Has anyone to your knowledge conducted a statistical evaluation of the crime rate of registered gun owners vs the population at large? My guess is that it would show significantly lower rates of crime committed by “permitted” gun owners.

    • Great question – I’m sure someone has and I share your hunch that the rate will be lower – by definition, people who go through the weeks, even months of bureaucrat hassle of obtaining a permit are law abiding citizens, rather than scofflaws, and of course the process self-selects by weeding out felons, drunks, mental defectives and wife beaters, among others. Since alcohol is the largest source of violence in our society, keeping the alcoholics out of the gene pool should help.
      I’ll look for those statistics later today.

  10. Greenwich Gal

    Peg – aren’t you too serious of a person and thinker to be using “emoticons?” Too Jr. High School for you. This is more a compliment than a critcism. I just happen to find those emoticons ridiculously juvenile.

    • Peg

      I guess on occasions, people view things differently. Thanks for the compliment about being a “serious person.” I am – but – at times I assure you I absolutely not. I like the emoticons both because I find them cute …. and because I often find they help distinguish between when someone is joking and serious. More than a few times I’ve had people be horrified from a remark I’ve made – when in reality, what I believe is the opposite of the remark. “Just kidding.” The emoticon clears it up AND is cute – at least, IMHO.

      As the saying goes – use ’em if you like and not if you don’t. Sorry if you find them beneath me. Dig a litle deeper, GG – you’ll find all kinds of flaws about me! Alas and alack……..

    • Lighten up, GG – you’ll feel better and live longer.

    • GG: Thankfully I’ve never been called a serious thinker. I LOVE emoticons! 🙂 🙂
      Ridiculously Juvenile EOS (and I wouldn’t have it any other way!)

      PS: Hope you had a good Christmas.

    • Anonymous

      GG – why are you so tightly wound? Maybe you should ask your tennis instructer to “loosen your strings”……

      • Greenwich Gal

        I guess I have been living in Greenwich too long! This is the most tightly wound place I have ever been in, actually. New year, new GG, perhaps. As my kids say – I’ll take a “chill pill…”
        As for EOS – you know I like you even though you defend the Kardashians!

        • And you know I like you as well. And see, defending the Kardashians goes hand in hand with why no one will ever call me a serious thinker! 🙂 I do not, however, plan to defend the Kanye Kim baby deal. Yowsa. Stupid, stupid, stupid. The irony? I saw the mother of Honey Boo Boo on TV yesterday and she has set up trust funds for the kids, she lives with in her means, she’s a coupon diva, they don’t plan to buy a bigger house, the “new car” they bought was a 2005. Maybe Kim could go live with them for a while! 🙂

  11. armonk

    The homes with pistol permits are identified targets now. Burglars will use the maps to locate those homes in upscale neighborhoods, wait until nobody is home and strike. These homes are typically on larger lots and further from neighbors. These permitted handguns are the ones with the highest street value, not the unregistered rifles and shotguns. They also are likely to have better jewelry.

    The idea that burglars will target unmapped homes is bogus. Homes with no permit could easily have rifles and shotguns as well as unregistered handguns.

  12. allan

    Love the map by anon of Texas gun owners! Send Janet here for some “reality training”.

  13. Foxman 1

    1) I love the map of Texas gun owners.
    2) For statistics on the inclination of gun owners to be law abiding, look up Professor John Lott.

  14. Judge Jenine tore the JN a new one on her show last night. She is livid her name was included on the map and is out for blood. Wish I had the link.

  15. Judge Jeanine calls out the Journal News.

    Great segment.

    • WOW. That is a great segment. I always liked Jeanine (living here in Westchester, she was our DA, and a good one). She married a bum, but we all can’t be perfect. And her attempt at running for NY Senator bombed but her place at Fox suits her well.

      • Libertarian Advocate

        EOS: She didn’t have a prayer with the vote of NYC against her. She’s a tough LADY though.

        • LA: I know she didn’t have a prayer and she was doubly sunk on Day One when she flubbed her speech. Remember that? The press gave her a tough time and she hung her hat pretty soon thereafter. But I’d have her fight for me any day.


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  17. Greenwich Gal

    Kim Kardashian bunks with Honey Boo Boo? Now that is a reality show I would watch!

  18. CGS

    I cancelled my subscription to the Journal News, but I wish you could see how few ads there are lately (I read a copy at the 7-11) Advertising is dominated by the funeral homes. Of course, it has been a rag for so long that we’ve only bought it the last decade so my elderly parents could see the obituaries anyway.