Should You Know Which Homes Have Guns? [POLL]

An article-gone-viral published by The Journal News has people debating whether gun permits should be public records.

Do you want to know where lawful gun owners live in your neighborhood? Should this information not only be public but publicized?

"Overkill?" asks The Daily Beast, writing about the publication by The Journal News on Dec. 22 of gun permit holders across three counties, including Westchester. The database article on LoHud.com includes a map with dots for each household licensed to own a handgun, namely pistols and revolvers.

The map has gone viral, having been widely Tweeted and Liked on Facebook close to 28,000 times as of Dec. 26.

Some parents, in the wake of the Newtown school shootings, have expressed their desire to know which homes their kids might be playing in have potentially lethal weapons in them.

One woman wrote on Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch’s Facebook page: “I just watched on the news: 38 percent of the people in America have a gun in their houses. Should we ask about this when our children go to a playdate?”

This is the second time the Hudson Valley newspaper and website has published database reporting on gun ownership. The release of the info online this year has some gun advocates worried for their safety and complaining of their privacy infringement, according to the Daily Beast

The information was obtained by filing Freedom of Information requests.

The Journal News stands behind its decision. "We knew publication of the database would be controversial, but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings," CynDee Royle, editor and vice president/news of The Journal News, said to the Daily Beast.

Do you think this information should be made public, and publicized? Take our poll.

Teleman December 26, 2012 at 09:35 PM
As a long time responsible gun owner I would have no problem with another parent asking me if I have firearms safely stored in my house. As far as the Journal news publishing the interactive map with names and addresses? It's reprehensible and responsible. They have always been a left leaning rag, but it appears now they will go to the lowest level to advance the liberal agenda.
John December 26, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Just terrible and irresponsible journalism. I NEVER comment on the internet, but how could they think this is a good idea? Do we need to worry about the people who legally own guns and have gone through a background check to aquire them or the people who own them illegally and are not published? Keep in mind, several long guns and hunting rifles may not need to be registered, so what did this accomplish? My agency training officer told me that if you carry a gun, every fight is now a gunfight. So, who does this list help? No one... Who does it hurt? Everyone on the list whose homes have now become targets for "gunfights".
R Rice December 26, 2012 at 09:41 PM
As a legal gun owner, it does not bother me that my neighbors know that I legally possess firearms (most of them already do). That does not seem to be the issue, which has most gun owners miffed. That criminal elements (which do exist within our society) will also receive this "free" information, is why I question the wisdom of publishing lists of names with addresses of the homes that retain firearms. Does it not make the "unarmed" more visible (and by definition more vulnerable)? Does it not also basically give mapping directions to the homes where (highly sought after on the black market) firearms may be procured (albeit at risk) ? For the sake of the "brain trust" at the media outlet, I would certainly hope the "goodwill" that parents (who do not bother to "vet" their children's friends’ families) receive, outweighs the aforementioned bad. As a "news agency," I fully expect objective reports to be published, if and when any of the negatives manifest themselves in actuality. In short, if my guns are stolen, and used in violent crimes, and a causal link to this article established, I'll be "lawyering up..."
SPK December 27, 2012 at 02:53 AM
How do you spell irresponsible "journalism?" Maybe even reckless. After 16 years as a subscriber, today I called the the JN and cancelled my subscription forever.
joshua tanner December 27, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Why didn't the Journal news publish locations of people convicted of crimes? How about people on welfare or Section 8? Publishing addresses of law abiding people was intended to defame and criminalize them in some way. Now the reporters and publishers have had their addresses and homes posted online. One reporter for the story has a gun himself in NYC.
SPK December 27, 2012 at 04:57 AM
I can only surmise that the intent of the JN is to intimidate law abiding people who possess pistol permits...these are people who fully complied with the law...no easy task either in Westchester County. JN's agenda caused then to lose all judgment.
jo December 27, 2012 at 01:22 PM
think we should boycott their advertisers.. I know I will
Tucker J December 27, 2012 at 03:44 PM
We cancelled our subscription over the summer as well, this report is a yet another desparate attempt to get attention from so called legitimate media. Liberal mental health laws, irresponsible parents and improper firearm security put the guns in that lunatic's hands, NOT responsible registered gun owners. Show the JN they are NOT going to be tolerated, cancel your subscription!!
zizo December 28, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Robert December 28, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I don't think registered gun owners in Texas would object to having their addresses made public. They would probably just say "come on down heah Mr. Criminal"!
Maurice S. December 28, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I typically hold a quite liberal point of view on most political issues, however the actions of JN in this instance were extremely irresponsible. I don't own a gun, nor have I ever even discharged a live round from a firearm, though I am not against an American citizen's constitutionally protected right to own one. This especially applies to those who have gone through the proper legal channels to obtain guns. Publishing names & addresses of LEGAL gun owners only stirs up contoversy, and should not be considered as actual news. Tell us what we SHOULD know, JN...whom in my neighborhood is in possession of guns, yet has no legal right to do so. That's what I would call real reporting. That's some stuff I need to know. Whatever JN's intentions were, at the end of the day, none of what they've done will ease anyone's pain or bring back a single loved one lost to the terrible violence we've witnessed in this country recently.
zizo December 28, 2012 at 01:29 AM
equal December 28, 2012 at 08:56 AM
I think that this is a direct assault on our rights, and those who don't have guns you are now a victim of journalism. You see now the criminals know who has and who doesn't have a gun. Back in the 1400 on through today humans have been killing one another and most of the time they go to were there are no defences to stand in their way so now you the Nj has raped your daughters and mothers, grandmas, even sons by putting this information out to the public. And if I was you not on that list you better go and get put on it so you will not be a target. Take for instance how many criminals go to a police station and commit a crime probably none. Why you ask? Probably because they all have guns/ar 15 assualt rifles and m 16 most likely so if now that this paper has put an Open sign on these law abiding citizens doors see how law abiding they are when your neighbor gets passed when those thugs come a nocking and those who have no protection consider yourself a TARGET now.


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