Threats to Journal News Staffers Are Intense

The trouble surrounding the Journal News is getting intense. After publishing the now infamous list of gun owners names and addresses, the paper received an abundance of threatening phone calls and emails, so it took the unusual step of hiring armed guards to patrol its grounds. We wondered if that was an overreaction — after all, the police said the threats weren’t a big deal — but it turns out, it definitely wasn’t.

According to The New York Times, the threats made against Journal News staffers are seriously scary:

Personal information about editors and writers at the paper has been posted online, including their home addresses and information about where their children attended school; some reporters have received notes saying they would be shot on the way to their cars; bloggers have encouraged people to steal credit card information of Journal News employees; and two packages containing white powder have been sent to the newsroom and a third to a reporter’s home (all were tested by the police and proved to be harmless).

Now that the threats have increased, the police are working with the paper’s staffers to ensure everyone’s safety.

The odd thing about all the emails and calls? Many of them are coming from across the country, not from the surrounding area. Not that the Journal News isn’t facing attacks locally. Scott Sommavilla, president of the Westchester County Firearm Owners Association, is leading an advertiser boycott of the paper. Sommavilla said that gun owners are upset about the list and “afraid for their families.” Oh, the irony.