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.