New Phone App Allows People to Publicly Map Gun Owners

Gun Geo Marker” released a new Android app that allows anybody to report the location of a gun owner “about which you have a gun related concern.” Their excuse?

Electronically marking these locations (geolocation) can help others in the area learn about their geography of risk from gun accidents or violence.

This is the brainchild of Brett Stalbaum, who lectures at the University of California, San Diego. He calls himself a “gun owner” representing “the will of 90 percent of the American people who want common sense, constitutional measures to improve gun safety.”

This is curious, because after Sandy Hook, Gallup found that 38% “want stricter gun laws.”

Stalbaum also believes that “the second amendment and Constitution of the United States does not protect anonymous gun ownership, nor does the first amendment allow for gun owners to stop others from speaking freely about guns they know of in their neighborhood.”

Stalbaum used his First Amendment right to publicly express his bigotry against gun owners:

"The gun rights community has been busy making personal threats (we remain unconcerned), as well as spamming the Gun Geo Marker database with false markers," he exclusively told "Though these fake markers are not useful for identifying dangerous guns and owners, they are certainly representative of the highly paranoid reaction we have come to expect from any attempt to improve gun safety in the United States.

Fox didn’t mention that he offered evidence of these “threats,” or that they came from members of the “gun rights community.”

Mr. Stalbaum has disabled comments on his site, and his FAQs don’t ask some questions that he should be concerned about:

  • How will he determine that the subject in question is “unsafe”?
  • How does he know the person reporting the “unsafe gun owner” doesn’t have a vendetta against the victim?
  • How does he know the “unsafe gun owner” isn’t a victim of a prankster or liar?
  • Will he act like the federal government’s no-fly list, requiring victims to spend time and money to get off this list…should they even find out they’re on it?
  • How is he going to vet that the subject in question even owns a gun?
  • If people get attacked by burglars as the result of appearing on his map, is he ready for a class action suit to pay for damages?
  • What’s his plan to deal with libel suits by victims placed on his map?
  • If gun owners are further victimized—e.g social ostracism, public derogation—as the result of being on this list, is Stalbaum prepare to defend his actions in court?