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An App For ‘Marking Dangerous Gun Owners’ Ready For Abuse By Anti-Gun Crowd

July 10, 2013 by  

Geo Gun Marker, a smartphone app created by Walkingtools, which describes itself as “a loose confederation of software and related art or education projects,” allows users to electronically log the locations of “potentially unsafe guns and gun owners.”

A description of the app, available at the Google Play store, reads as follows:

Geolocate Dangerous Guns and Owners with the 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.

The app states that it is to be used to electronically log the location of only “potentially unsafe guns and gun owners”— but judging by the gun control proposals pushed by anti-gun zealots throughout the Nation over the past several months, it’s obvious that there is no way of knowing who classifies what as a dangerous gun or gun owner.

Never fear, the app makers offer some guidelines. 

Here’s who they say you shouldn’t mark:

  • Hunters or gun enthusiasts who safely store and properly enjoy their weapons in the field, or at local firing ranges for recreational purposes.
  • You should not be concerned merely because your neighbors are a member of any national gun advocacy organization. The actual threat – just to cite the best known org – that the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its kin present to you and your children is political.
  • Finally, there is at least one particular situation in which you should certainly not use the Walkingtools Gun Geo Marker. If you have direct, personal knowledge or even a suspicion that guns are being used in context of organized criminal activity, then it may be extremely risky for you to mark related locations. You should forget about the Walkingtools Gun Geo Marker in all such cases, and instead consider getting appropriate law enforcement agencies involved in the situation.

The last point is one that seems to negate the need for the app in the first place: if someone is using a gun in a dangerous (criminal) manner, call the police.

Here’s who the app makers want marked:

  • Note that while people who keep loaded firearms in their home should not necessarily have their location marked as a gun owner of concern, studies do show conclusively that guns in the home greatly increase the chances of death by gunfire for the owner, family members and visitors. This is especially the case with guns kept unlocked and loaded for “personal safety.”
  • First time gun owners or others who may not have not taken basic gun safety training, or who were not raised in a culture of gun safety, represent a real and present danger to their community, themselves and their family members. Their locations may be marked at any time. Bear in mind that these people are most often well meaning, thus as a concerned neighbor you might very well be able to educate them and therefore avoid marking their location.
  • A more obvious category of dangerous neighbor is someone who frequently displays or brandishes weapons, or those reveal their gun ownership status during normal conflict resolution. Such people are potentially a very serious concern, and the home or business locations of potential high conflict gun owners should be marked only when feasible. The same goes for any neighbor whose children speak frequently of their parent’s gun ownership, or who talk about guns as a potential tools for conflict resolution.
  • There are many locations, such as remote public or private lands where the discharge of firearms is legal. If you frequent such a location, you are likely a gun owner yourself and moreover, you probably have a strong interest in re-establishing safety standards at these sites.

And here are some options for marking gun threats in the app:

  • “Possible unlocked/loaded/unsafe storage”
  • “Possible insufficient training”
  • “Guns and unsupervised children”
  • “Guns and substance abuse”
  • “Possible medical related concern”
  • “Neighborhood talk, unsafe”
  • “Possible high conflict, armed neighbor”
  • “Possible out of place, large arsenal”
  • “Documented/frequent unlawful discharge”
  • “Possible illegal weapons on premises”
  • “Possible prohibited persons”
  • “Possible anti-government/terror threat”
  • “Other concern (describe)”

Perhaps a better—and less obviously made for and by people who dislike guns— version of the app would simply let people mark the locations of potentially dangerous people? Of course, an even better option would be for folks to mind their own business and focus on their own self-preservation and family protection without resorting to an app designed to spread gossip about gun owners.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Blank Reg

    I think we need a similar marker tool for liberals.

    • IsThisAmerica

      LOL I AGREE WITH YOU!

    • CatGman

      Exactly. Why not come up with an app for marking the anti gun crowd. The door should swing both ways.

    • David169

      See my 2nd paragraph above.

  • GDG

    Right, like the motto on one of our nations first coins…”Mind your business”…something people oughta stick to…

  • John Woodbury

    I am really dumb, what is a dangerous gun? I kind of thought guns were basically iron and steel tools that can be used for different purposes. The dangerous people, yes criminals top the list I am sure those are not who this app is suppose to be aimed at.

    • Vis Fac

      You forgot to mention the police they will shoot at anything when spooked!

  • Ranchman

    “Possible anti-government/terror threat”? What the heck is that supposed to be? Every single red-blooded [true] American is talking trash about Obama and the govt today. Is this “app” meant to “geo-locate” (what an absurd thing to want to do to begin with) all known right-wing residences, possibly?

    I wouldn’t put anything past this administration, including possibly having its hand in the making of the app to begin with. Uh-oh, I think that just got me “tagged.” I’m it.

    • dave ussery

      Look out for the drones Ranchman!-heard a well placed BB will take ‘em down

  • chrisnj

    Gosh, in the old days the most a Nazi could do was paint messy yellow stars on doorways and shop windows – now we have nifty techo-tools to do it electronically …

    First gun owners … next anyone who displays an American flag … then anyone who displays a non-Islamic religious symbol …

    Some human vices never change … the names simply change to obscure the guilty.

  • ChuckS123

    I think a lot of liberals know very little about guns and gun safety. Exhibit A is 2 similar commercials from Mayor Bloomberg’s group. They show a guy who says he’s a gun owner advocating background checks. The problem is that he’s holding his shotgun horizontally – it should be pointed up or at the ground.There are kids playing in the background. One could come running up to him, right in front of the barrel of the gun. Also, he has his finger on the trigger. It looks like none of the several people who worked on the commercials knew anything about gun safety.

  • Warrior

    And here I’m still trying to figure out what “Snowden” did wrong? Here’s the skinny, just like “grammy” was being frisked by TSA, just so they were being viewed as “PC”, TSA, NSA, IRS,; et. al., are allowed to spy on “everyone” just to level the “playing field”, so as to NOT bring about lawsuits” for ……………………PROFILING! Gadzooks!

  • Motov

    Looks like they are at it again, as if a liberal can stop him/her self from abusing
    anything. It’ll serve as a stupid attempt to nullify the second amendment.
    We already did the arguments, logic still prevails. Fools still blame the tools and not the felon using it. I’ll construct a potato gun, if need be.

  • Alan

    Gun owners addresses have been published in some communities in the past, now we have technology for the lunatic fringe to persecute legal gun owners. It seems to be fine to profile gun owners, but dont ever profile a muslim or illegal alien.

  • Elevenarrows

    Shouldn’t we also be marking every place a box cutter or kitchen knife is located? How about locations of fireworks…didn’t people die on July 4th from fireworks? I daresay autos kill more people than guns…should we mark the location of every car? Especially ones driven by teens? Or the elderly? Or people having to drive in 5 o’clock traffic after a hard day’s work?

  • David169

    Can you imagine the lawsuits that will be filed against anyone who makes a report that results in a burglary or worse yet the police kicking in the supposed gun owners doors in the middle of the night. This could certainly be used as a tool for revenge.
    I’m sure this will be on every burglar’s list of things to check like alarm systems and neighborhood watch. Interviews with prisoners who were burglars almost universally stated they were more afraid of homeowners who were armed than the police. This will most likely save a lot of home-invasion robbers and burglars from being shot because they will know where the anti-gun liberals live and prey on them.

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