An interactive map showing the names and addresses of all handgun permit-holders in New York's Westchester and Rockland counties has drawn a response from mostly disgruntled readers since it was posted Saturday on a newspaper's website.
The interactive map published by the Journal News, prompting more than 1,300 comments as of Tuesday, allows readers to zoom in on red dots that indicate which residents are licensed to own pistols or revolvers."So should we start wearing yellow Stars of David so the general public can be aware of who we are??" wrote one commenter.
Sure. This is just like the persecution of Jews in Germany, guys, they had guns too.
What happened to "Bring it on, libtards!" Aren't you proud of owning your gun, as a warning to all those bad guys out there that you're ready to water the Tree of Liberty at any time? What about it, Reasonoids? Isn't this information being free?
Do you own a registered gun? Well, they know where you live. By "they" I mean the government (which you knew), and the Freedom of Information Act-using, technology wielding media, which can with some effort build maps like the one you see on the right, showing the Westchester County addresses of people who have registered their handguns.
You think Matt Welch and his crew of merry pirates would be thrilled. Nope.
Ahh, there's the pouty anarchist I know. The freakout is pretty epic:
My guess would be that the number of people in that area who would like more information about food stamp recipients, families on welfare rolls, or other government programs far exceeds the number who want info on gun owners. Why not publish that information?
It's nobody's business whether you've got a gun permit, or if you accept food stamps. This outrageous violation of privacy by ignorant liberals should be denounced by both sides. And if I were not a gun owner and lived in that area, I would be livid. The paper just put that family at risk because the criminal element now knows who is helpless and who can defend themselves.
On the contrary, Republican small-government conservatives think it's everyone's business if you accept food stamps, and as such think you should be drug-tested before you should be allowed to receive food because of course all people on food stamps are potential criminals. You know, unlike gun owners.
Oh, and these are the same people who want a national database of the mentally ill, but a map of gun owners is just like the Holocaust.
There's your "outrageous violation of privacy", morons.