Target, Best Buy face boycott from gun rights group

Categories: Best Buy, Target
Target, at least, doesn't seem particularly concerned about the threatened boycott.
A few days before Christmas, The Journal News, A Gannett-owned newspaper covering Westchester and Rockland counties in suburban New York City, used public information to publish an interactive online map with the names and addresses of NYC-area handgun permit holders.

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Believe it or not, the continued online existence of that map prompted the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association to call for a boycott of Target and Best Buy.

Politico explains the connection:
The association on Monday announced it was urging people to stop patronizing any business who advertises with Gannett... until the map is removed...

The paper's decision to publish an online list of pistol permit holders was a "wanton act" that "has put in harm's way tens of thousands of lawful license holders," the association stated in a news release.

The group is encouraging "concerned citizens" to contact national and local advertisers who use the Journal News -- including Best Buy, CVS, IKEA and Target, among others -- and tell them to stop running ads until the list of lower Hudson Valley pistol license holders is off the Web.
But according to the Minnepolis/St. Paul Business Journal, a Target spokeswoman has already said the company will continue to advertise with Gannett, which also owns KARE 11.

"Target's goal when purchasing advertising space is to reach audiences in communities where we do business," spokeswoman Stacia Nelson said in a statement. "Target continues to advertise with a variety of media outlets, including Gannett, in order to reach our target audiences."

For what it's worth, The Journal News vows not only to keep the map online, but to continue adding names to it.

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It serves no useful purpose to publish the names and addresses of legal handgun permit holders. It is immature, irresponsible, and highly unprofessional of The Journal News to do so. This is some sort of perverted attempt to conflate all law-abiding gun owners with the sociopathic and deranged Adam Lanza. Although the act is legal, it exposes those whose information is printed to unwanted and unnecessary publicity. One cannot help but to think (however unlikely) that the Journal News hopes that some lunatic bites and goes after a law-abiding handgun owner. This would not only be more news to report on, but, in their perverted worldview, a form of vengeance for the victims of Adam Lanza. Thankfully, some bloggers are not taking this lying down and have published the names of the Journal News staff - also 100% legal. Turns out that the Journal News did not like that. No surprise there - hypocrites to the last.

ChazDanger topcommenter

I don't think they have anything to worry about.

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