Ok ok ok... don't shoot the messenger. But I thought that this would be worth a read after the National Journal furor. Back in 2010, a couple of profs did a study after a Tennessee newspaper did what the National Journal recently did. The newspaper published the names and ages of people who hold gun permits. The profs wanted to find out what, if any, impact there was on crime rates once the newspaper had published the names. Here is the conclusion: "We find that crimes more likely to be affected by knowledge of gun ownership - such as burglaries - increased more signicantly, after the database was publicized, in zip codes with fewer gun permits, and decreased in those with more gun permits. We find no comparable effect for crimes that are usually not premeditated, like assaults or shootings, or in nearby areas and comparable cities that were not covered by the published database. We also find no evidence that publishing the identities of gun permit holders led to a relative increase in crimes aimed at stealing their weapons." Here is the full study: http://misrc.umn.edu/wise/papers/2b-2.pdf Don't get me wrong. I don't think that the end justifies the means. And I don't agree with what this newspaper or the National Journal did. But I like it as further evidence that an increase in private gun ownership is a deterrent to criminal activity.