The Attack On Gun Owners: Newspaper Publishes Online Map Of Gun Owner’s Homes

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“The hatred was intense,” notes Glenn Reynolds in USA Today, referring to the backlash against gun owners and gun rights advocates in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. “Nor were reporters, who are supposed to be neutral, much better.”

Threats against the NRA, and NRA members, have been a common theme since Adam Lanza murdered those kids, and it is in that context that a Gannet-owned newspaper in Connecticut took it upon itself to publish an interactive map showing the home addresses of registered gun owners in the paper’s region.

“Anyone can find out the names and addresses of handgun owners in any county with a simple Freedom of Information Law request,” explains the newspaper in their report accompanying the map, “and the state’s top public records expert told The Journal News last week that he thinks the law does not bar the release of other details.”

Gun owners, as a group, are people who take self-defense pretty seriously and so by definition are a bit less vulnerable than your average citizen. Even so, it is extremely irresponsible to pour this information into what has become a charged and ugly debate over gun ownership.

With threats being leveled against gun owners and gun rights advocates, this newspaper publishes the home addresses of registered gun owners? What’s next, publishing a database of registered Republicans or Democrats after a tough election loss so that they can be targeted for political reprisals? No newspaper would do that, but setting gun owners out as a target apparently doesn’t seem nearly so problematic to the oh-so-objective professionals in the mainstream media.

Let’s hope nobody is harmed or murdered as a result.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • SusanBeehler

    So your republishing this story is helping these gun owners? I thought you were for more transparency. Take that list and check it to see how many have obtained their guns illegally. Maybe felons are using fake names and addresses to get their guns? Maybe grandma is buying her little felon a gun for Christmas.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      I’m for transparency for government, Susan, and privacy for citizens.

      But, since you’re so keen on this standard, let’s go on a fishing trip through your bank accounts and private financial records to make sure you aren’t breaking any laws.

      • SusanBeehler

        Isn’t registering your guns on a government form? And if it is a government form, it may just be a public record. Guess you found an area of “gun control” , gun owners maybe should lobby for, “gun records cannot be public records” . I do not believe any bank records of an individual is public record. You believe gun ownership should be cloaked so no one would find out if the wrong box was checked or in fact their is a case for perjury? Sounds like you want criminals to hid easier.

      • silverstreak

        It appears that many people are in favor of laws just as long as they don’t affect them.

    • Neiman

      1. This is part of the cheap, dirty thuggery tactics of the Left, like publishing names of people in California voting against Gay Marriage, to use fear to force them to change their minds. This is making gun owners targets

      2. This is an invasion of privacy by the media, acting like the Propaganda Ministry for the Democrat Party and Lord Obama.
      3. This is a direct, frontal attack on our Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

      But, like Bat One said, this actually work to the advantage of gun owners, telling burglars which homes to avoid if they don’t want to get shot.

      • SusanBeehler

        It is politics. Criminals like things easy, now they have the shopping list where to find their gun of choice. Because we all know gun owners never have their guns stolen to be used in mass shootings.

        • Bat One

          Susan, In the relatively brief time that you have been here at SAB you ought to have learned that the phrase “we all know” is code for “I really don’t know what I’m talking about, nor can I prove what I’m saying, but please don’t contradict me with facts while I’m on a rhetorical roll here.”

          • SusanBeehler

            Yes I can not prove this felon acquired his gun from a legimate gun owner, and I can not prove Lanza stole the guns he used in CT from his mom

          • HG

            Is that your husband on the green screen buffalo with you?

          • donwalk

            Obviously, the guns belonged to his Mother.
            Obviously, Lanza shot and killed his Mother.
            Obviously, his Mother didn’t give him permission to take her guns and kill her.
            Obviously, when he took the guns from his Mother’s possession he took something that did not belong to him.
            Obviously, thinking things through is not one of your strengths.
            Don’t try to purchase a gun, you will only make thinking and logical gun owners look bad.

        • Dan

          Actually, Susan, the criminals now have a laundry list of defenseless people to rob, rape, and/or murder. Anyone who ISN’T on the list has just had a bullseye placed on their front (or back) door by progressive leftists.

          Just remember, “when you have seconds to live, the police are mere minutes away”.

          I’d be more pissed if I were one of those NOT on the list.

        • silverstreak

          The criminals also have a list where they can get their a$$ shot! lol

    • HG

      Susan, I see common sense didn’t make your Christmas list this year. There is always next year.

      • SusanBeehler

        Yup, I was naughty

        • Onslaught1066

          And ugly too.

        • HG

          You really have no regard for privacy do you.
          Way too much information, Susan.

      • http://flamemeister.com flamemeister

        I believe that we have now identified hannitized’s sister. …

        • two_amber_lamps

          Musta been an old house they grew up in… lots of lead paint on those walls.

    • slackwarerobert

      And why can’t that felon buy one for grandma, he probably met tons of crooks in jail that are roaming the streets?

      • SusanBeehler

        Grandma can buy her own, she doesn’t need a felon to get one.

  • Bat One

    The obvious result of this is that more and more people will decide to hide their firearms purchases and NOT register their guns… much the same as happened with alcoholic beverages during Prohibition, recreational drugs from pot to hash and heroin, so-called “illicit” sex for pay, and all manner of other products and services, nationally and internationally. And as with all those other “underground” markets, demand will drive prices and profits that much higher.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      One commenter on Twitter said that this was all the reason you need to start buying all your guns illegally.

      I understand that, even if I don’t condone it.

      • Bat One

        As I noted last week, I don’t know a single other firearms owner whose guns are ALL legally registered, even those with CCW permits.

        • borborygmi

          which means in the eyes of the law they are criminals becoming what they hate, criminals with guns. Very logical…. So all the gangstas out there are just upstanding citizens protecting their Second Amendment rights.

          • Bat One

            So…?

          • camsaure

            That is exactly the intent of liberal/progressives, to make criminals in some way out of law abiding citizens,in every way possible, thus enabling more control over the free people.

          • NDConservative2011

            Canada attempted a scheme of a national gun registration which was to be initialized at a cost of (1) Million dollars and their citizens had 90 days in which to comply. Over 300,000 Canadians refused to comply so after nealy (1) Billion dollars (That’s with a B) the Canadian government had spent on their follish endeavor, the Canadian government gave up and overturned the law.

          • camsaure

            It appears that at least the liberal Canadians still have at least a little bit of ability to nlearn and retreat from stupidity. This seems to be lost on our side of the border.

          • two_amber_lamps

            No doorknob… there’s no federal mandate saying all gun purchases require entry into some national database. If there’s a state/local law involved, that’s another matter entirely but I don’t recall that fact being brought to bear in this discussion.

            It’s entirely legal in states like ND to buy a gun from your neighbor, no paperwork, no ATF ledger.

        • slackwarerobert

          Well now you do. None of mine are registered as required by law. I do have one that is registered from way back when it lived in a stupid gun law city, but did they registered the one that committed murder and blamed it on the thug, well since he is dead I can’t ask him if he ever ratted the gun out over the years. Since I still have it I would guess the constitution still applied, and it wasn’t registered..

          • SusanBeehler

            You are bragging about not registering your guns? So are you a felon too?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Chrissakes SuzyB, you’re killing us… THERE IS NO FEDERAL LAW REQUIRING YOU TO REGISTER YOUR GUNS. That only applies if you buy them from an FFL-holding dealer. Some states/location may have such laws, but please stop senselessly accusing others of criminal intent based on your ignorance.

            Gosh sakes… If you’re going to comment on this stuff, shouldn’t you even have the slightest bit of knowledge on the subject??

          • NDConservative2011

            There is NO NATIONAL gun registration – PERIOD ! !
            I don’t know where folks get that idea.
            There is a national call center for gun purchases for the purpose of a background check only. On the call in, the gun is NOT registered and the center is only authorized to keep the records for 90 days.

          • donwalk

            Your ignorance has no boundaries. Infinite ignorance does far more damage than any legal gun owner could ever do.

        • SusanBeehler

          So all the gun owners, you know are not law abiding citizens and this is a right? Laws are only for some of us?

          • two_amber_lamps

            Ms SuzyB said: “So all the gun owners, you know are not law abiding citizens and this is a right? Laws are only for some of us?”

            Lol…. your previous statement doesn’t even make sense….

            http://us.cdn3.123rf.com/168nwm/crysrob/crysrob0703/crysrob070300064/837221-a-grandmother-yelling-into-a-bullhorn.jpg

          • silverstreak

            Just for the record
            I am now 57 years old and I have owned some type of firearm since I was big enough to carry it.
            That includes large caliber long guns and hand guns.
            I have also had a concealed carry permit and have carried concealed weapons almost everyhere it was legal for me to do so.
            To this day…more people have still been killed by Ted Kennedy’s Oldsmobile Stationwagon than any of my guns!

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            Your guns must be as defective as mine. They haven’t killed anybody either! FYI, it was an Olds, just not a station wagon. It was a 4 Dr. sedan. Picture here if you care… http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/2012/10/benghazi-obamas-chappaquiddick.html

          • silverstreak

            Thanks proof
            For some reason I was thinking a stationwagon
            I stand corrected.

          • http://proof-proofpositive.blogspot.com/ Proof

            You nailed the statistic, though. That’s the important part. I used to see that bumper sticker all the time: “Teddy Kennedy’s car has killed more people than my guns.”

          • silverstreak

            Yeah…I had one of those bumperstickers many years ago.
            Thats where I got it from. lol

          • silverstreak

            Here is the perfect addition to any libs living room.
            Then they can immortalize their hero.

            http://www.thepeoplescube.com/images/KG3/BFH_Ted_Kennedy_Aquarium.jpg

          • Phoebe

            HEY SUSAN BEEHLER, you are a dumbass bimbo! Silver Streak is my friend and he’ll kick your behind on over to the UK or China. You would fit right in there, perfect despotic dictatorships for a commie bimbo like you!!!

          • SusanBeehler

            So Phoebe you have to get on the blog because you think Silver Streak is not holding his own in the discussion. Get a clue calling me names is protected by Freedom of Speech, despite what you or anyone thinks on this blog I do respect the Constitution. I am not easily intimidated by Phoebe’s, bimbos, or dumbasses or commies.

      • NDConservative2011

        There is no national gun registration in the US! When an individual purchases a firearm from a dealer, they need to provide a proper ID to the dealer, the buyer completes a 4473 form for the dealer, and the dealer calls in for approval. The firearm nor it’s serial number are called in – it is noted on the form 4473 as this is a background check only. If an individual has a concealed to carry permit, the permit number is noted on form 4473 and the dealer need NOT call in for approval as the individual already has had their background checked out.
        The only time that the purchaser along with the firearm information on the form 4473 is given to any one is when there is an investigation as the information is restricted to law enforcement, or if the federal firearms licensee gives up their license and then all of the completed 4473 forms are sent in to the BATF.
        Bat One apparantly does not realize he is clueless by claiming he does not know of a single firearm owner who has legally registered all of their firearms as it is a moot point due to no such firearm registration on the national level.

  • Clint F

    The Bismarck Tribune did this to concealed weapons permit holders in the Bismarck-Mandan area. I believe it was in the early 90s. (edit: they didn’t do an interactive map, they actually printed a list of names in the paper)

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      Maybe we should create a database with the home addresses of journalists. If we can do it to practitioners of the 2nd amendment, why not the 1st amendment too?

      • camsaure

        As well as liberal leaders and organizers should be listed. I wonder how they would like that. I still like that yard sign stating “this is an armed and protected home, with an arrow pointing to the neigbors house that he supports gun control and that in order to respect the neighbors political stance, I will refrain from defending him with my guns.

        • Lianne

          I would go a step further. I think we need to list the names, addresses and map all of those who speak for gun control. It would easier for them to get in contact with each other, etc.
          I like the sign idea.

          • SusanBeehler

            Maybe even go a step further and list the names of those posting on blogs?

          • Lianne

            ohhh, did I hit a nerve, there Susan?

          • SusanBeehler

            Oh my you did; I am so frightened, I have to close my laptop lid. Please don’t hit any more Nerves it is so painful!
            Make your list and check it twice and Sign away!

          • willieB

            You’ve already listed your name.

          • Phoebe

            yeh yours BIMBO SUSAN

        • SusanBeehler

          It is pretty easy to find those homes during the election season, just record the address and use the property tax lookup tool and their you will find how to access their homes too in some counties because they picture the whole layout of the property.

          • camsaure

            Well it would not surprise me if in the future our “yellow journalists” would attempt to list all conservatives in hopes of silencing them or to have union and SEIU thugs inflict harm. That is just how the left operates. I am sure they would cry “foul” if lefties were to be listed, even though conservatives are not likely to cause harm unlike the left.

          • SusanBeehler

            And you don’t think this is already being done? What does legislative redistricting have to do with? No one is targeted?

          • Lianne

            WHAT?

          • SusanBeehler

            “targeted” maybe was too harsh of term. In this day and edge of technology if you think there is not some kind of information on your political tendencies, what kind of car you drive, the hot dog brand you like, than you are being naive. People who are selling the guns are business owners and they know their “target” market.

          • Lianne

            Oh, yes legislative redistricting is ALL about ‘ market targeting’.

          • SusanBeehler

            I call marketing, political parties call it getting out their vote.

          • Lianne

            ON another post I suggest that you do some research. I am going to suggest that you do that again. There are no words to describe the behavior of a grown woman(grandma) just picking words from wherever you are getting them and using them with no understanding of their meaning. Ex. your term ‘legislative redistricting’ to mean marketing techniques or getting out their vote.
            unedcated, unintelligent, ungrounded in reality, I see why you are so opposed to institutionalizing those afflicted with mental illness.
            I for one will leave you to hopelessly rant endlessly senselessly fanatically

          • camsaure

            Huh????

      • SusanBeehler

        Do you think anyone cares where journalists live?

        • Lianne

          Why should anyone care where legal gun onwers live?

          • SusanBeehler

            Yeah, so why would this even be relevant for Rob to repost the map?

          • Lianne

            Susan, was that really a serious question?

      • OTA Mom

        The NY Journal “journalists” involved list (names/addresses/phone/home streetview) is already making the rounds on Facebook, per Weasel Zippers.

        • http://www.facebook.com/allan.altschuler Allan B Altschuler

          I lived in that area of the USA 50 years or so,ago…Interesting moneyed
          people who lived there back then…Descendants of Colonials and wealthy commuters from New York….Another interesting thing to think about is what was found at a “crimescene”. This was a decade ago while I was in California.One block from my house a -Police Bust-took place. The prime reason was prostitution, however they found, illegal firearms, stolen jewelry, illegal drugs, and in addition other stolen items all located in that dwelling………..

      • RCND

        It may be easier to publish names and addresses of those in ND without a CCW or a gun. The list would be alot shorter

      • RCND

        Found this floating around on Facebook. Looks like someone got a head start…. that’s just too bad. It would be unfortunate if this whole stunt of his backfired on him.

  • Lianne

    Should the caption read “Attack on legal gun owners” I doubt there is list of those who carry illegal guns.

    • Bat One

      You are quite correct, Lianne. And your comment about LEGAL gun owners reminds me of that great African-American liberal hypocrite, Carl Rowan, who shot and wounded an unarmed teenager who, with some friends, had helped themselves to Mr. Rowan’s swimming pool (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Rowan). The fact that a Democrat bleats his/her earnest support for gun control or a ban on guns should never be taken to suggest that he/she isn’t armed with an illegal firearm, as was Carl Rowan.

      • Lianne

        Or dear Rosie O’Donnell.

  • sue

    Kind of wonder what ND would look like with those red dots. I wonder if they would put a red dot for each weapon per home. I wouldn’t give up mine.

    • SusanBeehler

      No one is asking you to

      • Lianne

        You are.

        • SusanBeehler

          No you are

    • silverstreak

      There sure would be a hell of a lot of red dots in this area! lol

  • HG

    So much for gun control. This map just informed every criminal in the market for a gun, just where they might find one. Nothing like putting guns in the hands of criminals. As for the rest of the criminals, now they know which house to avoid. Nothing like putting a target on the homes where criminals are least likely to encounter an armed owner.
    Brilliant move.

  • borborygmi

    They have guns in their house…….Thus the owners are safe……If anything this will be a good map for burglars on what houses to hit. Gun, Gun, Gun, no gun..Jackpot…….. If the people against guns are going to go after the people with guns…..What are they going to use? If the people with guns are afraid of the people without guns…Why? They have the guns.

    • camsaure

      When did the left care if anyone was harmed while trying to advance their agenda?

  • slackwarerobert

    Nope registering guns doesn’t effect anything, it is just so the government knows who has a gun. Yea, right. I hope there are dead bodies on every one of these homeowners lawns. Now they have concrete proof they were targeted for the guns to steal.
    Has anyone checked if they omitted the cops homes?

    • SusanBeehler

      You are for murdering people?

      • $16179444

        if they try to rob me or put my family in danger? you bet. and that includes you too Susie Q

  • slackwarerobert

    So does the web page show the gun owner or the gun? The ATF’s #2 man’s gun turned up at a murder scene in mexico, so would the red dot be over the border?

    • SusanBeehler

      What are you too lazy, to go and check it out and you want someone to report back to you? So do you register a gun or the name of the gun owner when you buy the gun? I thought guns did not have names just serial numbers

      • two_amber_lamps

        You don’t know this? If not, why are you commenting?

      • donwalk

        Personally, I named my gun and then registered the name. So far it hasn’t received any mailings or warrants from the government. Do you now understand how the system works?
        This coming year I am going to register my gun to vote also! :>)

        • silverstreak

          Be sure and put a D beside their names so they can get welfare and food stamps.

          • camsaure

            And vote

          • silverstreak

            Numerous times

  • SusanBeehler

    So I thought an argument for gun owners was to make sure everyone knew where it was NOT a gun free zone. So now if it is the gun owners home is listed you cry foul. What happened to making sure we eliminate gun free zones as a protection against criminals?

    • camsaure

      the newspapers intent was to inflict harm on law abiding citizens, and everyone knows it, except those whom are blinded by leftist ideaology, whom refuse to admit it.

      • SusanBeehler

        Yes we all know words are deadly. So maybe you just want no one to know who does or does not have guns.

    • donwalk

      What happened? The criminals laughed at the gun free zones and then started targeting those zones.
      By listing the gun owners they moved most of the risk to the non-gun owners, Now the criminals can just check the names and the addresses with the published list and reduce their risks of breaking into a home where a family protects themselves by owning a gun.
      There were also approximately 8,000 retired or former law enforcement officers who had their names and addresses published. Think about the risks they now face from the criminals they convicted or helped convict.

    • Phoebe

      BIMBO SUSAN, (my apologies to “others” here if this has been addressed). The reason conservatives want guns, lots of guns and ammo and powerful guns is to protect themselves from a TYRANNICAL GOVT, just like we have here now in the Former REPUBLIC of the united states. It’s has been overthrown by communist thug pigs calling themselves progressives and DEMONcrats. You are an idiot POS liberal~~~~~~~

      • SusanBeehler

        I understand the “conservative” thinking they have to protect themselves from a “TYRANNICAL GOVT” but is this a group of gunowners hiding behind this reason for their “toys” or is it the truth. When was the last time a conservative had to use a gun against a “TYRANNICAL GOVT”? So you have guns because we have “tyrannical govt” or is it your security to feel safe just thinking your “tyrannical govt” doesn’t know who has a gun in their home. When was the last time you had to use a bushmaster against your “tyrannical govt” or do you believe guys who use their weapons against fireman or teachers are protecting themselves from “tyrannical govt” because the firemen and teachers receive their income from a gov’t agency. Are you condoning killing people who happen to be employed by government? Exactly who the hell is your “tyrannical govt”? If “conservatives” are not part of a real discussion about what can be done to prevent more incidents like the school shootings than all you will get is what someone else decides might work or more of the same “gun control”. If “conservatives” do not bring a better idea to the table, it could happen. I have been pushing on this blog for “better” ideas but all I get is the propaganda of a “tyrannical Govt”. Conservatives have to start thinking smarter, because the “push back” against Obama obviously did not work and it probably harmed our cause. Think about it; Who is the bimbo? Conservatives are doing things that are not working.

  • LastBestHope

    BREAKING: China to ban cars, firecrackers, gasoline and diesel after man rams 23 middle-school kids with car.

    BEIJING (AP) — “A man angered by a court ruling in the murder of his daughter rammed a car loaded with a gas tank and firecrackers into a group of middle schoolers, injuring 13 in the country’s latest attack on students.

    The man ran down 23 students at Fengning No. 1 Middle School in northern China’s Hebei province on Monday, the official Xinhua News Agency said Tuesday, citing local police.

    Xinhua said the man, identified as 48-year-old Yin Tiejun, later lit a bottle of diesel in an attempt to set his car on fire.”

    • silverstreak

      Thank God he didn’t use a Bushmaster 223.
      I’m sure that the victims ( especially if any of them were killed) feel a lot better now!

  • dlao

    try do that with the list at the welfare office and see how that comes out.

  • JW-Gun Owner

    Lets see what would happen if someone attempted to list the gay sodomites living in sin together in the paper.

    List the women who have had abortions in the past, and killed innocent life.

    Lets list those receiving welfare checks, or those that were on Unemployment till that ran out and now are on “disability”

    How about we list all the folks that have had DUI’s in the past 10 years, We have to know for whom to dodge off the road when they head your way.

    We could then list those with past drug offenses or past spousal abuse.

    There would be the same reason… “To shame those into changing their behaviors” would there not?

    Where does the right to privacy stop and the good of the community to know end?

    • Dan

      Oooh…I LIKE those ideas!!

  • C. Y.
    • SusanBeehler

      So what kind of criminal would want your list? Maybe a far right gun owner?
      Gun owners think murders think like them? Do you think criminals put alot of effort into planning? I think they are lazy, impulsive and that is why guns appeal to them as their weapon of choice, power in a pocket, or over their shoulder.

  • fredlave

    If anyone wants to wish the publisher and editors of the Journal News a Happy New Year and other thoughts, here are their addresses and telephone numbers:
    Journal News President: —Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Lane Mamaroneck, NY 10534 (914) 694.5204 / (248) 594-2197
    Editors:
    —Cyndee Royle, 1133 Westchester Ave., Suite N110, White Plains, NY 10604, 914-694-9300
    –Nancy Cutler 9 Woodwind Ln, Spring Valley, NY. (845) 354 3485

    Parent company of The Journal News, Gannett
    —–CEO Gracia C Martore 728 Springvale Rd Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759 5954

    The reporter on the “outing of legal gun owners” story is:
    –Dwight R Worley 23006 139 Ave Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 (718) 527 0832

    You might want to drop these nice folks a line or a phone call and thank them for their service to the public.

  • Matt Entzion

    I remember the interviews and testimony given regarding the invasion of privacy that the video cameras being mounted downtown Fargo to curb vandalism posed to some folks. Imagine rather than a video clip of you walking by, your name and address were published.

  • silverstreak

    Question
    I walked outside tonight to check my heat pump.
    Someone was prowling around my barn and they took off across the field.
    I wonder why they did that?

  • Snarkie

    Why is this nec. bad? It shows the normalcy of gun ownership and that it is widespread. Was any of it illegal? Doesn’t seem like it.

    Oh, I get it. You are still trying that whole VICTIM thing. Grow up, man up.

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