Well, would you look at that – it would appear as though some
enterprising young entrepreneurs scumbag burglars with an internet connection went and used The Journal News’ map of firearm owners to pick out their next target:
A White Plains residence pinpointed on a controversial handgun permit database was burglarized Saturday, and the burglars’ target was the homeowner’s gun safe.
At least two burglars broke into a home on Davis Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Saturday but were unsuccessful in an attempt to open the safe, which contained legally owned weapons, according to a law enforcement source. One suspect was taken into custody, the source said.
Why, no one could have predicted this could happen… absolutely no one.
*sigh* Assuming it does turn out that the criminals targeted that house specifically because they knew firearms would be present (and given the fact that they only attacked the gun safe, it would seem likely), and if we lived in a just world – and we do not – every single member of the editorial staff of The Journal News, along with its owners and publishers, should be up on charges for being accessories before the fact. But I am not going to hold my breath on that one.
There is precisely no good that has come or will come out of publishing the names of law-abiding firearm owners in any geographical area, but we now have a prime example of harm that can and has come from the same. Of course, that harm was always the point – in the past, bigots did not "out" Jews, homosexuals, Mormons, Catholics, Irish, gypsies, or any other persecuted, marginalized group in order to help their communities better understand and appreciate those groups. No, "outing" was always a tool of oppression, fear, and abuse, and this instance is no different than any of its historical analogues.
To anyone whose house was identified and conveniently mapped out by The Journal News, I would strongly recommend procuring a reliable, functional, monitored alarm system (we use Simplisafe; use "SAFENOW" as a checkout code for 5% off) and revisiting your home insurance to ensure everything is appropriately covered for its replacement value. I would likewise suggest banding together for the mother of all class-action lawsuits against The Journal News, but not being a lawyer I have no idea if your money would be well-spent in that pursuit.
I would ask when "gun control" extremists will stop using such underhanded, despicable tactics as outing firearm owners, but we both know the answer, and I guess it just goes to show how desperate they are getting.