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House on newspaper's gun map targeted for robbery

Posted by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 12:56 PM
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House on newspaper's gun map targeted for robbery
By Stephanie Grimes
January 14th, 2013 @ 10:12am
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WHITE PLAINS, New York — A house on the now-infamous Journal News gun map was burglarized over the weekend, and burglars' target was the homeowner's gun safe, according to officials.

At least two burglars broke into the home at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and attempted to break into the safe, in which were stored legally owned weapons, according to News 12. The station said there was broken glass in the homeowner's backyard and a ladder leading up to a second-story window.

The burglars were unsuccessful at breaking into the gun safe and one man was taken into custody. Police said it is unclear whether the suspects knew what was in the safe when they tried to open it. They are currently trying to determine whether the Journal News' map had anything to do with the crime.

The homeowner, a man in his 70s, did not wish to comment while the investigation is ongoing. "The police are doing a full investigation," he said.

New York Sen. Greg Ball said in a release Sunday the burglary could be tied to the Journal News' map of homeowners with guns, calling it a "virtual shopping list for criminals and nut jobs."

"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," he said.

The Journal News made headlines in December after publishing an interactive map featuring the names and addresses of handgun permit holders in two New York counties.

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.
–Greg Ball, NY senator

The paper released the map as a part of a story headlined "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about the weapons in your neighborhood."

The story and map were in response to the Dec. 14 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman killed 20 children and six staff members before taking his own life.

The Journal News has been criticized for publishing the map, and many have suggested the information puts the highlighted homeowners in danger. Some responded by publishing the home addresses and phone numbers of journalists at the paper and senior executives of the paper's parent company, Gannett.

The paper has stood by the decision, saying it published a similar list in 2006.

"Frequently, the work of journalists is not popular. One of our roles is to report publicly available information on timely issues, even when unpopular," Janet Hasson, president and publisher of The Journal News Media Group, told The Associated Press in an emailed statement. "We knew publication of the database (as well as the accompanying article providing context) would be controversial, but we felt sharing information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings."

Ball said he disagrees with the release of the names and will introduce legislation Monday to keep the names of those with gun permits private.

 
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kayjayjess
by Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I wonder if the paper will soon be facing some sort of lawsuit against them?

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Whaaaaaa....O.o
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 1:03 PM
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I don't think that database should be public knowledge.
lga1965
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 1:07 PM
People said that homes on the list wouldn't be robbed because criminals would know they have guns and avoid them. Yeah, right.
Guns don't protect people .....
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kayjayjess
by Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 1:08 PM

I agree

Quoting Whaaaaaa....O.o:

I don't think that database should be public knowledge.


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jehosoba84
by Jenn on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM
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 They deserve to be sued if it can be proven that their 'unpopular' map was the casue of this robbery.

Basically, they're scum, calling what they did  'unpopular and controversial' when in reality it was downright dangerous. Dangerous to the homes with guns which are now being targeted, and dangerous to the homes which robbers now know do not contain weapons.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM
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This does not surprise me at all.

SWasson
by Bronze Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:22 PM
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I thought guns were supposed to be a deterrent to crime?  

pansyprincess
by Silver Member on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:24 PM
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They have no proof yet that this house was robbed because of the map.  So first of all, we need to wait and see on that.  Secondly, gun owners are consistently saying that are safer than those of us without guns, because they can protect their homes.  So which is it? 

Gun ownership is public knowledge.  Someone that wants to burgularize a house can find out if the home owner has a gun, it just might take a little more research.  I also think that it's a stupid thing trying to rob a house that has a gun, because you have no idea where the gun is, where the ammunition is, or if the gun is going to be used to shoot you.

So going forward, pretty much EVERY house that is robbed in the area of the map is going to be blamed on the map.  If there is a gun in the house, it was robbed because it was on the map and the robbers knew there was a gun.  If there is not a gun in the house, it was robbed because it was NOT on the map and the robbers knew there wasn't a gun in the house.  Ridiculous.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

sad

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Jan. 14, 2013 at 3:46 PM
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 I thought that the list was supposed to make people know which houses they need to stay away from?  You know, Rob the house next door because they are unarmed!  Isn't that what people have been saying in here?

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