Monday, January 14, 2013

NY State Sen. Ball exposes a new twist on the gun owner's names published in local newspaper controversy

Seems criminals are targeting those homes specifically so they can steal the guns

From Eric Dondero:

Well, this is certainly an unexpected development. Libertarian-conservative State Senator Greg Ball of upstate New York, held a press conference to highlight a local burglary of a gun owner.

From Fox News, "Burglars Hit Home of Gun Owner ID’d by Newspaper":
The residence in White Plains, was identified in an interactive map that identified the names and addresses individuals who have gun permits. It was published by The Journal News — a Gannett Co. newspaper.

The elderly homeowner, who legally owns weapons, was not at home at the time of the burglary.

“The police are doing a full investigation,” the unidentified man told NewsDay. Police said it appears the burglars targeted the homeowner’s gun safe. The newspaper has come under intense national exposure after they published a list of residents who have gun permits.

Among the most vocal local opponents is Sen. Ball — who said the newspaper had put law-abiding citizens in danger.

“The Journal News has placed the lives of these folks at risk by creating a virtual shopping list for criminals and nut jobs,” said Ball. “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.”
Ironically, conservatives and other gun rights proponents feared the opposite would happen; that burglars would target homes of those who did not own firearms. Still just as bad, of course.


jgeleff said...

One burglary does not a trend make. This is probably coincidence. What maniac goes into a KNOWN gun owning home to steal something?

Casey said...

One looking for a gun......