Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Gun owner targeted after name, info published

A follow up related to a previous post, about publishing the names and personal info of gun owners. One of the gun owners was burgled. Although the burglars were unable to access his guns because they were secured in a gun safe, that was their intention, and there are allegations that they targeted the gun owner because of the interactive "gun owner in your area" maps. Fortunately, no one was injured, but this could have been a very messy situation. If, for instance, the 70-something year old gun owner had been home yet unable to get to/open the safe in time; and unable to overpower multiple thieves.

Endangering law abiding people to make a political statement ("we don't like guns!") is irresponsible. Making the names and addresses of gun owners available with no more difficulty than browsing to your local newspaper's website is irresponsible; it serves a very limited legitimate purpose while opening law abiding citizens up to considerable risk.

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