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Should You Know Which Homes Have Guns?

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.

Gannicus December 29, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Hey BooBees, You hit the nail on the head! Lets not forget religion...Religion has killed more people than firearms ever have! Maybe they should draw up legislation against religion and ban it as well!
BooBees December 29, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Don't need legislation, they are Community Organizing it right out from under our noses.
Aidan December 29, 2012 at 01:10 PM
”If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.” ~The Dalai Lama
Full Truth December 30, 2012 at 06:15 AM
If you are going to print so called "news" print it all. Media Quiet About San Antonio Theater Shooting Saturday, December 29, 2012 7:16 Share 0 (Before It's News) On Sunday December 17, 2012, 2 days after the CT shooting, a man went to a restaurant in San Antonio to kill his X-girlfriend. After he shot her, most of the people in the restaurant fled next door to a theater. The gunman followed them and entered the theater so he could shoot more people. He started shooting and people in the theater started running and screaming. It’s like the Aurora, CO theater story plus a restaurant! Now aren’t you wondering why this isn’t a lead story in the national media along with the school shooting? There was an off duty county deputy at the theater. SHE pulled out her gun and shot the man 4 times before he had a chance to kill anyone. So since this story makes the point that the best thing to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun, the media is treating it like it never happened. Only the local media covered it. The city is giving her a medal next week. Just thought you’d like to know. Source Agenda revealed! If you had any doubts that the media was pushing for this and who their masters were, doubt no longer. This is spooky. Alot of what you read in the ‘conspiracy world’ is bull but there IS alot of truth too.. You just have to sort out the facts yourself. -Mort
This State is Screwed February 25, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Guns are already required to be locked in a safe. You live in Port Chester, and that is in NY isn't it? Obviously you don't know the law, which is half your problem. The other half is that you are a pontificating, liberal nut case...as bad as the right wingers you profess to hate. Too bad you can't drag the dead lady in front of your kangaroo court and charge her for failing to lock her guns. She is the reason those kids are dead....she failed to commit her retard son, then she failed to keep a close eye on him and she also failed to lock up her guns. SHE is at fault. Not the tool he used. But the moronic left wing media just considers her a victim.....and I bet you do to.

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