Without the 2nd amendment, there can be no other rights because the most basic of natural rights is the right to defend oneself and family against violent predators and criminals. Without the 2nd amendment and the right of citizens to own firearms, peaceful law abiding citizens become sitting ducks and victims. When the government interferes with 2nd amendment rights, the government is effectively saying: you have a duty to die, you have a duty to be raped, you have a duty to be violently assaulted, you have a duty to be robbed of your property and you DO NOT have the right to defend yourself, your family or you property because you, your family and your property are indeed public property for anybody to feast upon at will.
The Sandy Hook school massacre by a lunatic on the loose has resulted in massively mobilized opinions from all sides of the 2nd amendment debate. One anti-2nd amendment columnist actually called for the repeal of the 2nd amendment and the execution of all owners of firearms who refuse to relinquish their guns.
One New York newspaper released the names and locations of all firearm owners in New York’s Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties, here. However, CBS is reporting that that Putnam County is refusing to release the names and locations of firearms owners, here. Exactly what information has been released by counties that control firearms registration isn’t exactly clear but what is clear is that some information has definitely been released to the public and plastered on websites.
It’s really stupid as well as exceedingly dangerous to publish the names and addresses of firearm owners. One of two really nasty things will happen:
1. criminals will pass on entering an armed property and find a softer target – the unarmed. Or,
2. criminals will outgun their potential armed victims because they already know what they have.
Either way, it’s an invitation for more crime to be committed against the armed and unarmed. It’s also a strategy to promote more crime and more gun violence. Interestingly, Fox News reported that ex-burglars disclosed how publishing firearm registration lists will actually make crime easier and safer.
Reformed crooks say the New York newspaper that published a map of names and addresses of gun owners did a great service – to their old cronies in the burglary trade.
The information published online by the Journal-News, a daily paper serving the New York suburbs of Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties, could be highly useful to thieves in two ways, former burglars told FoxNews.com. Crooks looking to avoid getting shot now know which targets are soft and those who need weapons know where they can steal them.
“That was the most asinine article I’ve ever seen,” said Walter T. Shaw, 65, a former burglar and jewel thief who the FBI blames for more than 3,000 break-ins that netted some $70 million in the 1960s and 1970s. “Having a list of who has a gun is like gold – why rob that house when you can hit the one next door, where there are no guns?
“What they did was insanity,” added Shaw, author of “License to Steal,” a book about his criminal career.
Among the criminal class, there is great rejoicing over the release of county firearms registrations. More horrifying is that criminals in jail are using this information to threaten and or intimidate the police and prison guards.
Law enforcement officials from a New York region where a local paper published a map identifying gun owners say prisoners are using the information to intimidate guards.
Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, who spoke at a news conference flanked by other county officials, said the Journal News’ decision to post an online map of names and addresses of handgun owners Dec. 23 has put law enforcement officers in danger.
“They have inmates coming up to them and telling them exactly where they live. That’s not acceptable to me,” Falco said, according to Newsday….
“You have guys who work in New York City who live up here. Now their names and addresses are out there, too,” he said adding that there are 8,000 active and retired NYPD officers currently living in Rockland County.
Local lawmakers also say that they intend to introduce legislation that prevents information about legal gun owners from being released to the public.
One of the best crime deterrents is the element of surprise as a criminal calculates the risk of his mission. Is is victim armed, unarmed or easy? For the criminals, it’s all about getting what they want with minimal risk of being caught or injured by law enforcement or the victim.
As the government and the media continue to pursue polices that make crime easy and effectively a de facto legal right, the innocent victims of crime will escalate along with an exploding body count. The hands of government and the media will be dripping in victim blood.