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News Journal’s Gun Map Used To Target Home?

From Long Island, NY’s Newsday:

Journal News gun permit map used by burglars to target White Plains home?

By TIMOTHY O’CONNOR and MEGHAN E. MURPHY | January 13, 2013

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.

The gun owner was not home when the burglary occurred, the source said. The victim, who is in his 70s, told Newsday on Sunday that he did not want to comment while the police investigation continues.

"The police are doing a full investigation," the man said through a partially opened front door.

By the time this is all over, the victim will probably end up in jail.

There was broken glass in the backyard Sunday and a ladder leading up to a second-story window. Neighbors on the street of modest, Colonial homes said they had heard about the burglary.

The homeowner’s name and address were included recently on the controversial interactive map of gun permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties published on The Journal News’ website.

Neighbor John Mascia said he thought the gun permit database should not have been published. "I could [not] care less what they have in their home," Mascia said.

Police are investigating what role, if any, the database played in the burglars’ decision to target the home, the law enforcement source said…

It was probably just a coincidence.

A call for comment to The Journal News was not immediately returned…

Who could have foreseen such a development? Except everyone, including the editors of the Journal News.

By the way, according to another report from the New York State Senator, Greg Ball’s, website:


“The Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County Inc. is putting The Journal News on notice that we will hold [them] accountable for any incident where any of our over 25,000 members are involved with an incident where a criminal or ex-con presents themselves at the residence of one of our members as a result of their name being made public by [their] newspaper,” said [the Vice President of the Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County, Robert] Buckley.

The Affiliated Police Association of Westchester County is a police union. A lot of cops and ex-cops live in those NY counties.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “News Journal’s Gun Map Used To Target Home?”

  1. canary says:

    “…At least two burglars…” At least one burglar would be enough to prove why a revolver with only 6 bullets may have failed to save the home owner’s life.

    Just like 6 bullets would have been difficult to stop the school shooter had he dodged in nooks and crannies.

    The idea of the government saying 6 bullets or a shotgun is enough to protect oneself is ludicrous. Yes, weapons are needed to kill bad people and having to reload and fumble is worthless.

  2. canary says:

    We knew this would happen and so did the newspaper.

    There was only the hope under such national speculation that no criminal would be stupid or bold enough to target homes. The smarter criminals may wait years before attempting to rob these people.

    Can we say the citizens endangered by the newspaper need extra protection for years to come.

    And before a law changes someone should find out every liberal pushing for gun’s control on ownership of guns. These people think their our savior and have more need for protection.

    And not one liberal or politician pulling for more gun restrictions have said they don’t own a gun.

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