Newspaper Maps Gun Owners

Newspaper sparks outrage for publishing names, addresses of gun owners

(CNN) — An interactive map showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit-holders in New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties has drawn a response from mostly disgruntled readers since it was posted Saturday on a newspaper’s website.

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How about that!  Maybe the editors read the post on this blog.  As you might expect, the article drew wide-spread criticism from gun owners. “So should we start wearing yellow Stars of David so the general public can be aware of who we are??” wrote one commenter. Always the idiotic comparison to Hitler.

Check the link of the interactive map above  to see where you’d like to buy a home in this region.

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20 thoughts on “Newspaper Maps Gun Owners

  1. I found it extremely poignant in reading criticism of this article by people trying lambast the newspaper for irresponsibly encouraging home burglaries by letting criminals know where the “soft spots” are. Obviously, the “soft spots” to gun advocates are places where there are less gun owners. The poignantly ironic detail was the idiotic insistance that America has less home burglaries than the rest of the world because of the fear that the household could be armed. i read 10 comments on websites starting with the memnomic phrase, “I believe” and then making an unsubstantiated statement about American gun owner ship resulting in greater home security.
    You want numbers, real facts? the number one country for home robberies is Israel! Okay, America is ranked as #14…but hey, Canada is #15, France is #18, Ireland is #20….If I was breaking into houses, perhaps I would want to find a place where I could steal guns!
    Now would like you like a compilation of the fire arm murder rate by country? I can quote multiple documented sources.

  2. BTW, Israel, statistically has the most obsessively over armed civillian populace on the planet. Did I mention how fear induced psychosis has influenced and destroyed societies though out recorded history? Think Salem witch craziness, think Jamaican apocalypse frenzies, if you care to read about the real reasons of the collapse of the Mayan civilization, maybe you might find some thread of human behavioral psychology that can be of use.

        1. Indeed! Yet I draw everyone’s attention to the connection because the correlation is both important as well as dangerous.

    1. I’m sure you have heard by now that the same model and brand of gun, The Bushmaster AR-15 was used by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Jacob Tyler Roberts in the Mall shootings of a few weeks ago, James Holmes in the Aurora massacre and most recently, William Spangler, the released murderer who set the trap killing the responders to the fire he set in Upstate New York on Saturday. Over 2 million of these guns have been sold in America, 1.5 million in the last 5 years alone. Roberts and Holmes purchased their guns.This is very big money and successful marketing, obviously. Lanza got his by taking his mothers weapon that he obviously had easy access to. No one knows where Spangler got his. Being a felon, he was not eligible to purchase or legally own a firearm. He bought it or stole it.

  3. Totally off-topic — Happy Holidays to all of you.

    I just posted a very interesting post from a guest author on the potential for a market-driven solution to gun violence, involving a mandatory liability insurance requirement for firearms. There is also a post with a Forbes article that addresses the same general subject, with an included suggestion for combining taxation with mandatory insurance. If this topic interests you, those two posts might also be of interest.

    I think anything that works, especially anything that minimizes an involvement that requires direct action from the government has some legs to it for effective action to reduce gun violence.

    It is much easier for the right wing nuts to yodel and whine about their rights and to hate the “gummint”, then it is for them to hate capitalism. (In my mind, I always read that phonetic pronunciation the way the late great character actor Dub Taylor would say it).

    1. Thanks, Dog Gone, for the greetings and the article on the insurance angle. I’ve always wondered about the legal aspect for these killings.

  4. BREAK FROM REALITY?
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    FOX NATION
    Starnes: The Right To Bear Arms

    By Todd Starnes

    In the 1984 version of “Red Dawn,” (the one with Patrick Swayze) the United States was invaded by the Soviet Union.

    The enemy force quickly made its way to gun stores where they located registration cards. Gun owners were quickly rounded up and many met an untimely demise.

    Today — the enemy force would just need to get a copy of The Journal News.

    Read the entire commentary at Fox News Radio:
    Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/2nd-amendment/2012/12/26/starnes-right-bear-arms#ixzz2GCiXfbsl

    1. WAIT, THERE’S MORE FROM FOX NATION!
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      Bikers Turn Out to Protect Newtown Mourners from Westboro Baptist Church

      (And the caption under the picture):
      Bikers Turn Out to Protect Newtown Mourners from Left-Wing Westboro Cult

      Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/connecticut-elementary-school-shooting/2012/12/20/bikers-turn-out-protect-newtown-mourners-westboro-baptist-church?intcmp=fly#ixzz2GCjoTd3W

      ========================================================

      I didn’t know Westboro Baptist Church was a “Left-Wing” group.

        1. No, it’s just The FOX Propaganda Hysterical Disinformation Educational System, that the FOX PHD program of un education…guaranteed to lower your IQ by at least 35 points or your money back, or you have to pay them…even more….and then some goons come and repossess your house….

  5. First I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. The O’Bloggin’s was fantastic as always.

    I hope you didn’t think I forgot about our discussion Muddy, I was just very busy the last week and a half. You asked a question a few posts back, and I will answer it here if you don’t mind.

    “Why is that, JOB? What do they fear? Are they seriously afraid of ‘The Government?”
    I can’t speak for all gun owners Muddy. Myself, I have no problem with the registration process. The three guns I own are registered, which I feel may help in any future crimes involving what ifs. If someone breaks into my home, and somehow manages to steal my guns, law enforcement has a record of all my ID numbers. Hopefully those would come in handy, with a quick retrieval, before my guns could be used in a violent crime. Some might argue that I put too much trust in the Government, when it comes to tyrannical acts. Which leads me to my belief on weapon stockpiles. Personally, I do think some people are afraid of what the Government would do with knowledge of a stockpile of weapons and ammo. And I can’t say I blame them. Just look at the craziness behind the Ruby Ridge incident. Some people interpret the Second Amendment as a calling. A calling that the Fore Fathers feared our Government could turn tyrannical. And it was up to the citizens to prevent this. Depending on how you interpret the Second Amendment, you may agree or disagree with this. But I don’t see how anyone can 100% completely trust the government. Look at the Patriot Act. The Government is becoming more and more intrusive in our everyday lives.

    1. JOB writes, If someone breaks into my home, and somehow manages to steal my guns,…

      Question: how easy is it to steal your guns? I have a friend who lives in very rural Ohio who locks his guns in a 6 foot [refrigerator style] safe.

      Some might argue that I put too much trust in the Government, when it comes to tyrannical acts

      “Acts of tyranny” is a hot-button phrase. One man’s tyranny is another’s freedom-fighter.

      Just look at the craziness behind the Ruby Ridge incident.

      There are two distinct and quite differing views of Ruby Ridge. To the extreme right-wing, it ranks just below the Boston Tea Party as an actof brave confrontation of excessive government intrusion. To those on the center and left, it was viewed as a collection of dangerous, anti-government fanatics who would not surrender to legal authorities of the government. Much the same can be said of Waco.

      Some people interpret the Second Amendment as a calling. A calling that the Fore Fathers feared our Government could turn tyrannical

      Most historians view the enactment of the 2nd Amendment as a desire to keep a militia armed in case of another FOREIGN invasion, read: England.

      The Government is becoming more and more intrusive in our everyday lives.

      Again there are two distinct views on the ‘intrusion’ of government in the lives of the people. Of course this division goes back the very founding of this nation when two political ideologies arose during the configuration of the Constitution- Federalists vs. Democratic-Republicans. Today we find a similar division that generally follows the blue-red divisions of states. The recent health care act demonstrated this division and interpretation of federal “intrusion in our everyday lives.”

      Thank you for your opinion, JOB.

      1. “How easy is it to steal your guns?”
        I would think it would be very hard Muddy. But them I would think it would be very hard to break into my home as well. Never question the ingenuity of a criminal. Some of them seem like geniuses when it comes to crime. I have a gun safe from Home Depot that I feel is sufficient, but you never know.

        “Acts of tyranny” is a hot-button phrase. One man’s tyranny is another’s freedom-fighter.”
        Good point, but my comment was based off of my definition which is an unrestrained exercise of power.

        My thoughts on the Ruby Ridge incident is based off of the Senate subcommittee reports. Engagement was found to be unconstitutional. But my biggest problem is something that happens even today. Government agencies working against each other instead of with each other. The ATF and FBI screwed the pooch, and innocent people lost their lives.

        When I say intrusive, I’m talking about a clear violation of privacy. Patriot Act, and even that internet thing earlier in the year.

        “Thank you for your opinion, JOB”
        You are very welcome Buddy. But in closing I would just like to add one thing. When it comes to registration of weapons, it has been argued that pro-gun supporters are a paranoid bunch. However, if you check out this article…..
        http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/newspaper-publishes-gun-owners-names-addresses-215214269–abc-news-topstories.html
        I think there is now a good argument for their paranoia.

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