QotD, The Experts Speak Out About The Gun Map Fallout edition.

Told you so. From Fox News, the professional reaction to the map that the Journal-News published showing where all the gun owners in New York’s Westchester, Rockland, and Putnam counties live:

“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.

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Apropos of nothing, but A License to Steal: A father’s genius, A son’s revenge, But payback has a price looks like a rather… interesting… sort of book.  Has anybody read it?

Moe Lane

PS: I repeat.  …Dumb*sses.

Journal News helpfully tells criminals which NY residences to avoid.

I understand that the idea here by the Journal News was to intimidate/harass New York handgun owners by publishing their names and addresses, but the reality is that everybody on that map listed as having a handgun permit is now at least slightly less likely to be burgled.  Seriously: if you robbed houses in Westchester and Rockland counties, wouldn’t you check this database first?  After all, while New York’s Castle Doctrine policies are weaker than in other states, it explicitly indicates that you can shoot a burglar:

A person in possession or control of, or licensed or privileged to   be in, a dwelling or an occupied building, who reasonably believes  that another  person is committing or attempting to commit a burglary of such dwelling or building, may use deadly  physical  force  upon  such  other person  when  he  or  she  reasonably  believes  such to be necessary to prevent or terminate the commission  or  attempted  commission  of  such burglary.

In other words: you know who should be ticked about this?  People in those counties without handgun permits.  Because burglars are gonna burgle.

Moe Lane

PS:  …Dumb*sses.