Ex-Burglars Say “Knowing Who Has Guns Makes Non-Gunowners Easy Targets”

Of course, com­mon sense would have told us this all any­way.  After all, if you were a bad guy, you’d see those who were unarmed as easy pick­ing too.

But then again, who­ever said lib­er­als oper­ate under logic or com­mon sense?

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.

The news­pa­per pub­lished the online map last month along­side an arti­cle titled, “The gun owner next door: What you don’t know about the weapons in your neigh­bor­hood.” The map included the names and addresses of pis­tol per­mit hold­ers in Westch­ester and Rock­land coun­ties obtained through a Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Act request.

Man, you’d have to be pretty stu­pid to con­sider the same and sug­gest that in Wis­con­sin, right?

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