House on gun map robbed

| January 14, 2013

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.

Category: Gun Grabbing Fascists, Media

Comments (9)

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  1. NHSparky says:

    This paper is about to get sued out of existence. Even if the paper tries to claim they had nothing to do with it and it was just a “coincidence”, good luck trying to prove that as an affirmative defense.


  2. John says:

    Still held libel for anything that happens due to their listing gun owners homes online.

  3. USMCE8Ret says:

    IMO, Gannett should be sued out of existence. One less gun-grabbing media outlet to worry about.

  4. UpNorth says:

    “The Journal News must finally admit that maybe this wasn’t a good idea”. Yeah, good luck on that. They’ll come up with some convoluted argument that it was the homeowner’s fault for owning that evil gun.

  5. TheTrueAnalyst says:

    I know people affected by this map, and it was a real POS move by this rag. I’ve also noticed a possible violation of NY case law. It’ll be interesting how it all plays out, especially with at least three different permit privacy bills being moved into the NYS legislator as we speak.

  6. NHSparky says:

    I wonder if this asswipe editor and Gannett will keep singing the same tune when some asshole comes after an ex-spouse who has a restraining order, or ex-con goes after a cop of guard looking for a little payback.

  7. Veritas Omnia Vincit says:

    @1 I hope you are right, the litigation on this should be swift and overwhelming. This is one case where an organization should be sued out of business as that will be the only means to rectify what appears to be a blatant disregard for public safety for no good reason other than to make a p1ss poor political point.

  8. Ex-PH2 says:

    Cast iron skillet with lid always on the stovetop.

  9. obsidian says:

    Using ideology and wishful thinking combined with media, liberal activism can be a bitch when their plan went belly up in the face of utter and abject reality.
    The fantasy that all CCW gun owners were the bad guys and the dose of reality when it comes to light most of them are LEO or prison guards, security people and armored car money guards.
    I bet of all those outed not one has shot anybody outside the line of duty and have No Criminal activity on their records.
    I bet only a small percentage owns any weapon that meets the description of an assault weapon.