Patch Blogs: Guns, Outrage, God

A recap of recent and popular blog posts in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam.

Senator Greg Ball (R-Westchester/Putnam) isn't thrilled.

When The Journal News published a map detailing pistol permit holders in the Lower Hudson Valley, Ball lashed out, railing against the cannon cartography.

"[They] place[d] a virtual scarlet letter on law abiding firearm owners throughout the region," Ball penned in his Patch blog. "This is clearly a violation of privacy, and needs to be corrected immediately."

In the comments, some readers lauded Ball's outrage -- while others defended the Journal News' map, and assailed Ball's retort.

On the same note, blogger Bruce Apar discusses the perception of bias in the media, and boils the gun map issue down to a more personal concept.

"It certainly is [biased]," Apar writes. "It's biased because every human being brings to the story his or her own set of biases."

In his religion-oriented blog, Rabbi Mark Sameth makes a bold statement: "There is no God."

But his assertion isn't atheistic -- instead, it leads into a meditation on gun violence. For further reading, click here.


The Journal News has fielded many calls, emails, questions and comments since the report's publication. Go here to read the FAQ it published in response.


If you're interested in blogging for Patch and sharing your story, insights, opinions or photos, email kevin@patch.com.

jim beanes December 31, 2012 at 02:20 AM
may GOD protect the innocent and condemn the evil GOD BLESS US ALL thanks gournal news for a well planned journalism
jim beanes January 01, 2013 at 01:06 AM
huff post media had article that journal news could face a backlsh if everyone who disagrees withthe map and article on who lives next door to boycott the businesses who advertise in the journal news that really should send a clear message to all who does business with the journal news
Rob Randolph January 01, 2013 at 03:17 AM
Was it removed from the internet at least...or is it still out there...
jim beanes January 01, 2013 at 01:20 PM
is it still out ther?? it went viral it is every where, re assess the security in your home thanks to the journalism of the gournal news,, it is even more imperative to arm yourself to PROTECT your home and family,, the criminals are not going to commit a crime against a household with a gun unless they want the GUN,, i could keep going on and on and on,,,,,,
Demelzabunny January 01, 2013 at 09:19 PM
And how, pray tell will a criminal KNOW if there is a gun in a home they want to burgle/attack? You could keep going on and on, but if you go on and on, you'll just continue to ramble, not making any sense.....Please protect me from people like YOU!


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