An undercover video investigation by Project Veritas,
whose founder James O’Keefe is widely known for his devastating exposé
of ACORN, found that journalists with the paper that recently exposed
gun-permit holders in the New York City area are unwilling to take a
dose of their own medicine and declare their homes “gun-free zones.”
Project Veritas investigators posed as members of a gun-control group
asking to post anti-gun signs on lawns. The journalists included
staffers of the West Nyack, N.Y.-based Journal News, which last month
published the names and addresses of thousands of pistol permit holders
licensed in the Westchester and Rockland counties area north of New York
Four times doors were closed in the faces of the Project Veritas
investigators, three times the signs were rejected, twice law
enforcement was called to remove them from the property and three times
they found armed guards already on site.
Stops by the team included the homes of Newark Star Ledger columnist
Bob Braun, Journal News publisher Janet Hasson, reporter Alex Weisler,
Journal News editor Cynthia Lambert and U.S. Attorney General Eric
O’Keefe’s crew asked journalists whether they would put a sign on
their lawn that says “Citizens Against Senseless Violence. THIS HOME IS
PROUDLY GUN FREE!”
“Our nation’s children spend the majority of their week within
schools that are starkly emblazoned with signs that read ‘Gun Free
Zone.’ Project Veritas put that same concept to the test with some of
America’s most fervent advocates for gun control,” he said.
He said his team went door-to-door in New York, New Jersey and
Washington to see which outspoken champions for gun control would be
willing to declare their own home as a “gun free Zone.”
“It’s amazing to see members of our media equivocate and contradict
their spoken and written words when faced with the dilemma to declare
their own homes as gun free,” O’Keefe said. “Surprisingly, we found that
the homes of the very New York paper that was willing to put the lives
and fortunes of gun owners at risk by publishing their names and
addresses, were also the most heavily armed and protected.
“The hypocrisy of New York’s Journal News is beyond words.”
O’Keefe said of the visit to Holder’s home: “FBI police confronted
our reporters within minutes of their knocking on the attorney general’s
home. Eric Holder is safe and sound under armed protection, unlike the
Among the responses they got included Braun’s comment: “I agree with
you and I am on your side on this, but I’m just wondering if that’s not
an invitation to somebody with a gun.”
At the home of Journal News publisher Janet Hasson, the team was told, “We can’t put it up.”
Several times the team members were told by armed security guards the property was private and they should leave.
Residents at one home that was approached explained their address had
been listed wrongly as the residence of a newspaper worker.
Asking whether the team was anti-gun, the homeowner said, “I’m not,” while displayed a handgun in his waistband.
“Does that answer your question?” he asked.
O’Keefe said his probe already has gone viral because someone took a picture of a sign that was left on one lawn.
As WND reported,
O’Keefe’s team also captured on video a regional director of a voter
mobilization group launched by President Obama, Organizing for America,
helping an undercover reporter vote for the president in two states. The
director was fired after the video was reported.