NY Newspaper in Firestorm Over Map of Gun Owners
Irate readers say map tells criminals which houses to rob
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2012 7:40 AM CST
Weapons handed over by their owners lay on a table during a government program that accepts gun owner's weapons in exchange for bicycles, computers, tablets or money, on Christmas Eve in the Iztapalapa...   (AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

(Newser) – A New York newspaper has plopped itself squarely in the middle of America's gun control controversy by publishing an interactive map of homes with gun owners, reports Fox News. The Journal News in Westchester based the map on a FOIA request, and argues that some "residents would like lawmakers to expand the amount of information the public can find out about gun owners." Critics were quick to pounce, however, irate that not only did the map potentially stigmatize gun owners, but it simultaneously pointed out which homes don't have guns.

One outraged person argued that the paper had effectively published a "map for criminals to use to find homes to rob that have no guns in them to protect themselves." Another said the data equated gun owners to "sex offenders and murders" and exposed them to "anti-gun lobbyists" who will "treat them like monsters." But the Journal isn't ready to apologize yet, saying, "our readers are understandably interested to know about guns in their neighborhoods," and emphasizing that the information is public record.

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Dec 28, 2012 5:00 AM CST
Dec 27, 2012 6:27 PM CST
Perhaps we should restrict the freedom of the press, since they are acting in a dangerous and irresponsible fashion. While we're at it, we should restrict certain fanatical religious groups -- plenty of people have been killed, directly and indirectly, by religion. Let's also gut the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Oh, wait: we already have. Throw out the 10th and 14th as well (too late). Oh, and before you anti-gun zealots claim that the Second Amendment doesn't apply anymore, recall your high school history class -- where you (hopefully) learned that the Constitution and the Bill of Rights do *NOT* grant rights. Rather, they RECOGNIZE existing rights and they RESTRICT the powers of the Government. Even if the Second Amendment was struck from the Bill of Rights, the people would still have an inherent right to keep arms for self-protection.
Dec 27, 2012 2:48 PM CST
The fact that burglars actually love to find guns is missed on the righties. Hardly ever do burglars come when someone is home, and they love to find guns because they are so easy to sell. If anything, knowing there are guns in the house is more likely to get it robbed than not.