Of course, you remember the map that New York State’s Journal News provided criminals a few weeks ago. Well, one of those houses was robbed this weekend, according to Newsday. Luckily, while the 70-year-old home/gun owner wasn’t home, he had his gun locked in a safe and the burglars were unable to get their grubby paws on it. You know, like responsible gun owners – those folks who buy guns legally and register like the law tells them – tend to do.
Of course, Journal News’ enemies are all saying that the burglars targeted the house because of the map, but police remain silent on that subject at this point.
White Plains police Lt. Eric Fischer confirmed that a burglary occurred but would not release further information Sunday.
The Journal News has been the target of sharp criticism from gun rights advocates and some media ethicists since running the story and interactive map Dec. 23. The story was published 10 days after the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting that claimed the lives of 20 young children and seven adults.
A call for comment to The Journal News was not immediately returned.
Although some good-government groups have come to the defense of the White Plains-based newspaper, some elected officials, including State Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson, have complained the permit map could aid criminals.
“If the connection is proven, this is further proof that these maps are not only an invasion of privacy but that they present a clear and present danger to law-abiding, private citizens,” Ball said Sunday in a statement.
Police groups have said that the interactive map also provides a valuable resource for criminals to find police officers and corrections officers in the area for retribution. Regardless of whether it’s proven in this case that the burglars targeted that particular residence because the of the map and knowing that a law abiding resident wouldn’t have his gun with him when he left the house, the Journal News must finally admit that maybe this wasn’t a good idea. I’m sure the commercial retribution the map has inspired against the Journal News is more than they anticipated.
Thanks to the scores of you who sent us links to the story.