The Journal News — the newspaper that mapped the home addresses of the law-abiding handgun owners in its area — has hired armed guards.

The Journal News of West Nyack, N.Y., has hired armed security guards to defend its offices after receiving a torrent of phone calls and emails responding to the paper’s publication of the names and addresses of area residents with pistol permits.

RGA Investigations, a private security company, “is doing private security at on location at the Journal News as a result of the negative response to the article,” according to a police report first obtained by the Rockland County Times (Nanuet, N.Y.) and shared with POLITICO. The guards “are armed and will be on site during business hours through at least January 2, 2013.”

This action has the effect of putting the Journal News on its own map of gun owners. Which will make it and its staff safer.

Any chance they’ll learn anything from all this?