Home Stocked With Guns Oddly Targeted by Burglars

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Last month The Journal News published an interactive map of Rockland and Westchester gun permit holders. The moved sparked controversy in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which prompted a national debate over gun control.

The Hudson Valley newspaper in New York published the sensitive information legally under the Freedom of Information Act. However, critics of the move claim that just because something is technically legal doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Supporters say that the public has the right to know.

Now we’re beginning to see some potential unintended consequences of the publication. When the map was first released, I honestly expected non-permit holders to be the targets of home invasion -- after all, now criminals would know which houses were unarmed. Why try to rob someone with a gun to defend him or herself when you can go after someone unarmed?

Curiously, that’s not what’s happening. While there’s no conclusive evidence at this point, a White Plains, New York home was burglarized last weekend -- a home that showed up as one of dozens in the area with a gun permit. Public Safety Commissioner David Chong confirmed that the house contained a gun safe, and that the burglars did attempt to break into it.

The suspects took some jewelry that was laying around and tried to open up a gun safe .... Their attempts failed. No weapons were taken.

I’m not sure what the intent behind publishing where gun permit holders lived was, other than a publicity stunt, because it sure as heck doesn’t seem to be doing a darn thing about gun control. It may actually be doing to opposite.

One thing that gun rights and gun control advocates can seem to agree on is keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals. Now someone that wants a gun but is unable to obtain one legally has a list of houses to hit to try to find one. Who’s to say they wouldn’t stake out a target house, wait for everyone to leave, and break in to try to find a weapon?

Robert Riley, the head of the White Plains Police Benevolent Association, released a statement about the incident:

The burglar attempted to pry open the victims gun safe, but luckily for all of us he was unsuccessful in doing so. But what if the burglar was successful? We would now have a criminal with a gun on the street and would probably see them go from burglaries to robberies or even worse.

It’s a good question: What if the burglar was successful? Do we really need to give lawbreakers helpful information to help them break the law even more? Or should we leave responsible citizens practicing their Second Amendment right to bear arms well enough alone?

Do you think this home was particularly targeted, or just a coincidence?

Image via Davy G./Flickr

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nonmember avatar Stella

How 'bout nobody has a gun and therefore no one gets shot? Novel idea, huh?

Caera Caera

How 'bout you join the real world, Stella? Novel idea, huh?

nonmember avatar NoWay

Tell me, Stella ... how do you propose getting ALL of the guns off of the black market? Make them "illegal"? Hahaha!

nonmember avatar Lou

To all of the gun control advocates...making guns illegal will just give the bad guys the guns and the good guys nothing. Wake up. You won't be happy until the government tells you what kind of toothpaste to use.

the4m... the4mutts

Isnt this EXACTLY what myself, and others said would happen? That criminals would target gun owners to get their weapons?

Irresponsible, piss poor excuse for journalism that paper, AND the stir had. Posting that crap, then linking the article.

Guns arent the problem. Criminals are.

nonmember avatar LizzieBorden

Seems idiotic and an invasion of privacy to publish a map of the homes that LEGALLY own guns. What was the point of purchasing them legally if you're just going to be ousted like some renegade?

But on the other hand I just want to say this; since gun nuts are all about defending themselves with guns why didn't these people defend themselves? Oh yeah, because even if you have a gun the situation doesn't always allow that and this is exactly how high powered weapons end up on the black market; through robberies.

Yup I support the right to legally and privately own guns; might even get one myself but I do not support high powered military-style weapons. What's the use? Other then they're fun to use, are you really going to carry it around and protect yourself with it?

lulou lulou

Or they need to quit showing home prices on House Hunters, as I suspect the house was targeted as White Plains is a pretty expensive place to live. 

the4m... the4mutts

Lizzie- or because they werent home maybe? I might be wrong, but i dont see anywhere that sad the homeowners were held at gunpoint, or even home durring the robbery. How can you defend something when youre not there with it?

High powered rifles have a legitimate use, and they are also not the point in this case. It could have been a .38, or a .22. Small, lower impact wheapons in the gun safe. Dont act so completely stupid, when, judging by your grammer and sentence structure, youre obviously not stupid.

nonmember avatar LizzieBorden

I'm not implying that the home owners were home during the robbery and even less that they were held at gun point but rather that owning a cache of doesn't automatically guarantee protection or a safe home. Gun nuts (people who dribble at the mouth about needing guns to protect themselves from criminals/the government/whoever else so vehemently that they look crazy) always tout the importance of guns for their own safety or how potentially criminal or violent acts could be deflected by a good Samaritan with a gun; but I'm just saying the situation doesn't always allow and guns in the hands of the 'good' guys isn't a solution. Personally I don't believe guns are the root of our shootings; it's in large part the power and immortalization the criminals receive by one-upping each other each time. And also the superiority complexes of those that commit the act; that's why so many of them have the same profile.

And if we're judging each other by grammar then watch out because you missed a few.


Gun control means using BOTH hands!

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