Pamela, I don't know that the map demonizes the people on it as much as that may have been the intent. And I don't think that the people on the list are embarrassed or ashamed that they own a gun. What the Journal News did was not the intent of the freedom of information act. Journalists have a duty to act responsibly with the information as they have a broad base for disseminating the information that they obtain... so while what they did wasn't illegal, it was irresponsible.
To the second part of your comment, if I'm a criminal and I'm looking for a gun to use illegally, I now know what houses to rob if I want to try and steal one. Not being on the list just means that house doesn't have a hand gun. It doesn't mean that the homeowner doesn't have a shotgun or a rifle. View Comment
ridiculous comments. If I'm a police officer responding to a report of a domestic dispute, sure I'd like to know if there's a gun in the house. Do you think the the police have to get that information off the Journal News website or do you think they have that information already?
If my neighbor is having a loud party a 2am and I'm not friendly enough with him as to be comfortable to pick up the phone and ask him to keep it down, I'd call the police and file a noise complaint.
If I'm a gun owner, I'm not ashamed of it. But I'm also a responsible person who has a gun for protection and hope to god that I never have to use it. I'm not even proud that we live in a community in which I feel that I need to have a gun to protect my home, but we do. I certainly don't think it's necessary or smart to let the whole world know.
I also don't advertise my name and address on the internet that I have a 50 inch flat screen TV in my home. Why would I advertise that I have a gun.
You need to make better arguments as to why it makes sense to put these people on an interactive map on the internet. What purpose did it serve? What was the reason for it. If they wanted to show us how many people living nearby that have guns, they could have delivered that information in a much more responsible way. View Comment