Carol Platt Liebau

In the wake of a deplorable decision by the Journal News to publish the names and addresses of law-abiding citizens with gun permits,  a home in White Plains, NY was targeted by burglars attempting to steal the guns

If a New York victim of gun violence is to be allowed the right to sue a gun manufacturers and distributor, for argument's sake, wouldn't it seem that the victim of the White Plains crime would have a strong case for suing the Journal News? After all, in both cases, criminal third parties took the product provided by the businesses at issue and misused it for criminal purposes.  If gun manufacturers and distributors are liable for crimes committed with their product (guns), shouldn't newspapers be liable for crimes committed with theirs (information) when it is recklessly and negligently provided, and a reasonable person would realize that there is a substantial likelihood that it will result in injury or danger, especially to private citizens who have done nothing to merit particular scrutiny?

Sure, there are First Amendment rights that deserve protection.  But there are Second Amendment rights, too.  Both should be protected, but neither should be abused.


Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.