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Digitally Inform On Your Fellow Citizens!

Now available in the Google Play store, courtesy of Brett Stallbaum, a lecturer at the University of California at San Diego:

Gun Geo Marker.

Geolocation means marking dangerous sites on the App’s map so that you and others can be aware of the risks in your neighborhood.

The Gun Geo Marker operates very simply, letting parents and community members mark, or geolocate, sites associated with potentially unsafe guns and gun owners. These locations are typically the homes or businesses of suspected unsafe gun owners, but might also be public lands or other locations where guns are not handled safely, or situations where proper rights to own or use any particular type of firearm may not exist. Electronically marking these locations can help others in the area learn about their geography of risk from gun accidents or violence. No matter what your safety concern with firearms might be, you should feel free to use this tool to provide the most accurate information you can such that others can make their own safety decisions.

As a crowd sourced information tool, the information about dangerous gun sites comes from users.

In this case it does, yes. But remember this, from Gawker?:

Below is a 446-page list of every licensed gun owner in New York City. I obtained it from the NYPD two-and-a-half years ago via a Freedom of Information Law request. Because the NYPD is more interested in raping and/or eating ladies and spying on Muslims than it is in honoring public records law, the list contains only the names, and not the addresses, of the licensees. (If you’re curious, here’s what section 400.00 of the Penal Law of New York, entitled “Licenses to carry, possess, repair and dispose of firearms,” has to say on the matter: “The name and address of any person to whom an application for any license has been granted shall be a public record.” The only way to get the associated addresses from the NYPD, as the law requires, would be to take them to court, which no one has apparently done.)

Which no one has apparently done . . . yet. Still, it won’t be long, I’d venture, before someone does just that, and then plugs the data into an app such as the “Gun Geo Marker,” thus opening the door for millions of would-be Pavlik Morozovs to label as existential threats to the republic millions of citizens who have elected peacefully to utilize their rights. “Smart government,” right?

I have a couple of modest maps here, to get everyone started:

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