Today Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I) announced that a burglary has been reported on Davis Ave. in White Plains, New York that evidently ties into The Journal News gun maps. It is reported that the burglar used The Journal News’ interactive gun map to target a home included on the map. Luckily the gun was locked up and no one was hurt.
“The Journal News has placed the lives of these folks at risk by creating a virtual shopping list for criminals and nut jobs. If the connection is proven, this is further proof that these maps are not only an invasion of privacy but that they present a clear and present danger to law-abiding, private citizens. Former convicts have already testified to the usefulness of the asinine Journal News ‘gun maps’ yet the reckless editors are evidently willing to roll the dice, gambling with the lives of innocent local homeowners,” said Senator Greg Ball.
Tomorrow, Senator Ball will be publicly unveiling three separate pieces of legislation, all with bipartisan support, among them (S2132), to protect the privacy rights of ordinary citizens; including: law enforcement personnel, victims of domestic violence and private citizens. Let it be clear however, that under Ball’s legislation that has garnered bipartisan kudos and support, law enforcement and all related agencies would continue to have full access to permit information.
It is fine that Ball recognizes that lists of gun owners can result in danger to those gun owners by way of individual criminals, but it is clear that Ball does not recognize that it is governments that evolve into totalitarian states, where lists of gun owners become most dangerous. Hitler and Stalin both used gun control AND gun registration in their totalitarian efforts that resulted in tens of millions dead. Government should never know which individuals own guns, how many guns they own and what kind. It is a very important check against this:
|Stalin's work in the gun controlled Soviet Union.|
|Hitler's work in gun controlled Germany.|
(ht Chris Rossini)