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Former criminals say newspapers gun database makes job easier

Fox News got feedback on the Journal-News's database of gun owners from several former criminals. There are a log of good quotes but these two stand out:

"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?"

Frank Abagnale, who was portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in the 2002 film "Catch Me if You Can," and is perhaps the most famous reformed thief to ever earn a legitimate living by offering the public insight into the criminal mind, called the newspaper’s actions "reprehensible."

"It is unbelievable that a newspaper or so called journalist would publish the names and addresses of legal gun owners, including federal agents, law enforcement officers and the like," said Abagnale, who noted that he grew up in the suburban New York area served by the Journal-News. "This would be equivalent to publishing the names of individuals who keep substantial sums of money, jewelry and valuables in their home."

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Posted By: Michael
01/05/13 01:29 AM

its probably incentive to get into the home burglary game.
Posted By: Jayson
01/05/13 02:53 PM

A more concerning result of publishing this information. If I am a criminal, I now know where to go to steal a gun. Another example of punishing law abiding gun owners while not addressing any real issue.
Posted By: Michael
01/05/13 04:17 PM

If someone steals one of those guns and goes and shoots a bunch of kids...can the newspaper be held accountable as well as the shooter or will we still just blame the inanimate object?