Should You Know Which Homes Have Guns? [Poll]

An article and database published by The Journal News has gone viral.

Do you want to know where lawful gun owners live in your neighborhood? Should this information not only be public but publicized?

"Overkill?" asks The Daily Beast, writing about the publication by The Journal News on Dec. 22 of gun permit holders across three counties, including Westchester. The database article on LoHud.com includes a map with dots for each household licensed to own a handgun, namely pistols and revolvers.

The map has gone viral, having been widely Tweeted and Liked on Facebook close to 28,000 times as of Dec. 26.

Some parents, in the wake of the Newtown school shootings, have expressed their desire to know which homes their kids might be playing in have potentially lethal weapons in them.

One woman wrote on Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow Patch’s Facebook page: “I just watched on the news: 38 percent of the people in America have a gun in their houses. Should we ask about this when our children go to a playdate?”

This is the second time the Hudson Valley newspaper and website has published database reporting on gun ownership. The release of the info online this year has some gun advocates worried for their safety and complaining of their privacy infringement, according to the Daily Beast

The information was obtained by filing Freedom of Information requests.

The Journal News stands behind its decision. "We knew publication of the database would be controversial, but we felt sharing as much information as we could about gun ownership in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings," CynDee Royle, editor and vice president/news of The Journal News, said to the Daily Beast.

Do you think this information should be made public, and publicized? Take our poll.

Nummy December 26, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Home invasion should be easy now, knowing who doesn't have a gun
Steven A. Stern, CPA December 27, 2012 at 01:49 PM
When's the last time the Journal News posted an interactive map of sex offenders? How about criminals on probation? People who have been convicted of drug charges? How about just posting all of their employees names and addresses just so we can all pay them a visit if we choose to? This was a disgustingly biased and irresponsible thing to do, and it paints a picture that LEGAL gun owners are dangerous and need to be treated like menaces to society. Pretty sure they did things like this to law abiding citizens in a country called Germany one time but instead of red dots on a map it was yellow stars on their homes, clothes, places of business.


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