Was a weekend burglary in which two suspects broke into a home in White Plains, New York, and tried breaking into a gun safe, a direct result of the Journal News publishing a map of people who have gun permits?

One state senator is saying, ‘Yes’.

First, via KSL TV:

A house on the now-infamous Journal News gun map was burglarized over the weekend, and burglars’ target was the homeowner’s gun safe, according to officials.

At least two burglars broke into the home at 9:30 p.m. Saturday and attempted to break into the safe, in which were stored legally owned weapons, according to News 12. The station said there was broken glass in the homeowner’s backyard and a ladder leading up to a second-story window.

The burglars were unsuccessful at breaking into the gun safe and one man was taken into custody. Police said it is unclear whether the suspects knew what was in the safe when they tried to open it. They are currently trying to determine whether the Journal News’ map had anything to do with the crime.

The Times Union reports that Senator Greg Ball is blaming the Journal News, though his words are clear in that he says “if the connection is proven”.  Ball made this statement in a press release:

“The Journal News has placed the lives of these folks at risk by creating a virtual shopping list for criminals and nut jobs. If the connection is proven, this is further proof that these maps are not only an invasion of privacy but that they present a clear and present danger to law-abiding, private citizens. Former convicts have already testified to the usefulness of the asinine Journal News ‘gun maps’ yet the reckless editors are evidently willing to roll the dice, gambling with the lives of innocent local homeowners,” Ball said in a press release. “The same elitist eggheads who use their editorial page to coddle terrorists and criminals are now treating law abiding citizens like level three sexual predators. These bills are critical to keep folks safe and fundamentally protect their inherent right to privacy. I hope all of these bills will be brought to the floor for an up or down vote, and allowed to fail or pass on their own merits and not as part of a large, overarching gun-control package. This is not about the Second Amendment; these bills are simply about commonsense and personal privacy. Publishing this information on a website, as we have evidently just witnessed in the recent attempted gun burglary, provides criminals with a map of where they can steal firearms from lawful owners for later use in the commission of crimes. This legislation is critical.”

It may be a bit premature to assume that the burglars knew that the safe was a gun safe, and didn’t simply contain something else that they wanted.  And while that link is premature, the overall point regarding the dangers of publishing a map of that nature remains the same.

What do you think?