Former Thieves Say Newspaper’s “Gun Map” Would’ve Made Their Jobs Easier

When the Journal-News published the names and addresses of gun-owners in the Lower Hudson Valley in New York last month putting law-abiding and gun-owning citizens on par with sex offenders, it sparked well-justified outrage. Even former thieves interviewed about the incident thought it was “asinine” and “reprehensible.”

One former thief, Walter T. Shaw, whom the FBI blames for over 3,000 break-ins during the 60’s and 70’s netting $70 million, said that publishing the names and addresses of these people was a really stupid thing to do:

 “That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen…Having a list of who has a gun is like gold - why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?...What they did was insanity"

 Another former criminal turned crime prevention consultant Bob Portenier pointed out that if a thief wants to steal legally-owned weapons, he now knows where to go, thanks to this newspaper’s interactive online map, according to Fox News:

 “They just created an opportunity for some crimes to be committed and I think it’s exceptionally stupid,” said Bob Portenier, 65…While some burglars may use the newspaper’s information to avoid guns, Portenier said others will target homes with guns. The newspaper’s decision could even lead to legally-owned guns proliferating on the street, he said. “That’s one of the first things we’d check out—guns are on the top of the list of what you want to steal,” he said. “They can walk out with a shotgun and a couple of handguns and sell them on the street for $300 or $400 a pop. They can sell them to a gangbanger who ends up killing someone."

 Even Frank Abagnale of “Catch Me if You Can” fame, the 2002 film where Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed Abagnale, was appalled at the newspaper’s idiocy: “It is unbelievable that a newspaper or so called journalist would publish the names and addresses of legal gun owners, including federal agents, law enforcement officers and the like…This would be equivalent to publishing the names of individuals who keep substantial sums of money, jewelry and valuables in their home.”

In the liberals’ attempt to demonize guns and law-abiding citizens, it looks like their ploy may have backfired.



  • Doodlebug

    I don't care how legal it is to publish this kind of information, it certainly was a stupid thing to do. Also stupid, the "gun free zone" signs posted at the drive into any facility. However, those stupid acts won't matter because it is "the gun" that is the problem. The jerk who killed his grandmother, served 17 years in prison, let out, started a fire so he could shoot the firefighters as they arrived, won't make a difference either. To me that doesn't add up however it was "the gun" that was the problem. Does anyone, other than me, believe that when obummer and biden do their damnest to confiscate "the gun" that anything other than their power to confiscate "the gun" will matter? Drugs won't matter either.

  • Randy Renu

    I think it's a great idea. You now know I have a gun and you know where I live. Unless you want to test the theory of life after death, I'd make sure you stay away. Too bad about he other people who are not registered gun owners. If I were you, I'd make a bee-line to the nearest gun shop and buy one...the bad guys are coming and they know who you are.

  • Uptite

    Having a list of all gun owners is not going to stop crime, Look at the fireman in NY and the children of CT, all taken down by legal guns. This could be a haven for more crimes, as the article states, concerns for those neighbors who are not carrying. However it's highly unlikely that a criminal will enter a house to try and rob the owner of one gun, too risky. My problem is the fact they are listing names and addresses, and that in itself, is an infringement of privacy rights!

    • Scott Wilson

      Actually, the records they obtained are open to the public, so it's pretty much no more an invasion of privacy than a phone book.

  • Screeminmeeme

    The insanity and stupidity of the left is incalculable. This is outrageous and these editors who made the decision to publish these names are directly responsible for the threats now being thrown at policemen and prison guards. They should be held accountable for any crimes which are linked to this information

    At our house, we have guns...we have dogs. But most importantly, we have the unyielding WILL to oppose a power-hungry government. We will use anything and everything in our opposition to it. Period.

    Live FREE or DIE.

    • Darlene Thecolaratlady

      Thankfully i live in a state that believes in, abides by the 2nd, The
      2nd is actually the 1st on our state constitution. and is a SHALL ISSUE
      state. We also have that oh so wonderful Make My Day Law, so if the
      Sheriff, DA determines it's a legal kill, we cant be charged, sued.
      Nothing. Sadly we also have alot of anti gun LOONS that would rather see
      us disarmed then criminals dead. Sorry, but i REFUSE to abide by that
      mentality, Liberalism truly is a disease. Causes such MASSIVE STUPIDITY it's truly unreal and in the most severe cases is incurable

    • Scott Wilson

      Good luck with the revolution.

  • TheSunDidIt

    I do not want to just see them loose financially. They need to go to jail for as long as those who commit crimes based on the information they put out. So if five thieves steal guns and get an average two year sentence then they get ten years. And, if that gun is used in a murder, they get the same sentence as the crook. In Oklahoma, that is what would happen to these idiots.

  • Debra JM Smith

    I believe it!

  • Roger Garza

    Gun owners that are listed move to TEXAS !!!!!

    • Scott Wilson

      I agree.

  • Mecki

    I honestly believe that a true patriot has unregistered guns, so the government can't come and take them away as they did in Nazi Germany and Communist Russia. However, if you want to be less likely to be broken in to, make certain your address is on this list.

  • TPS12

    Stupid people do stupid things and the people at the journal just proved it. Instead of thinking
    this through they just went ahead without considering the ramifications. Much
    like our pres and congress do.

  • Scott Wilson

    So owning guns makes it easier to defend your home from crime, yet makes your home more susceptible to crime? Good luck with that.