You will rather read this first: What is the Gun Geo Marker? (Really)
Q: Why are you against the second amendment?
A: You could not be more incorrect (or sloppy) in your assumption that this is an anti-2A project. The primary project developer is a gun owner and pro second amendment activist. The project itself is designed to help protect the citizens of the United States specifically from unsafe gun owners, prohibited persons, or those that should be prohibited persons through the power of information. This is also intended to protect the second amendment from eventual repeal. As more and more of the American people begin to equate gun ownership with an absolutist attitude of total inflexibility regarding any type of legislation that would increase firearms safety and protect average citizens from unsafe gun owners, support for the second amendment declines. The promotion of laws that both meet constitutional standards and protect the public also protect the second amendment.
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Q: You have disabled comments on this site. How can I ask a question?
Q: “This question must be answered immediately our I will have my lawyer contact your(sic) immediately. Does the Mark Dangerous Gun and Gun Owners Application connect to any U.S. government database, PRISM, or utilize any magnetic remote sensing applications or satellite systems to find a magnetic signature or RFID tag hidden in 2nd Amendment protected firearms to invade our privacy?”
Q: “… telepathic powers or mind control…”
Q: ”How can I tell if a marked site is a serious concern?”
A: All site markings are the responsibility of users whose anonymity is protected by this software. There is no way for anyone to check the veracity of marked sites beyond living in and understanding your own neighborhood, and using your experience there to determine if a mark makes sense or not. For example, if somebody has marked a site as under the category “Possible prohibited persons” with the message “They are n!&&**s. And guns r bad dood.” (edited to remove racial epithet, a real mark!), then you should be able to deploy basic common sense to determine that this is probably a fake mark by an angry anti-gun-safety type. (Not to mention, a probable racist…) But if the category is “Guns and unsupervised children” and the message is “My child’s friend talked about his Dad’s unlocked handgun”, then you might draw an entirely different conclusion about the site. Please see the gun marking guide for more useful tips!
Q: ”How do you know that a marked gun owner is actually a threat?”
A: See previous question. All of the information posted to the internet through our application is from anonymous members of their own local communities. The correct way for users of the app to determine if there is any actual threat is to use their contextual knowledge of their neighbors and neighborhood, and apply common sense.
Q: ”I downloaded your App and I was enjoying it, but I just accidentally marked my own home… How do you unmark a location?”
A: Sorry, you can’t. Although the mark will be automatically deleted at some point in the near future, to avoid stale data. See our our About Gun Geo Marker page. But also importantly, nobody’s first amendment right to post a location of concern will be violated by this app. All marks are anonymous and the free speech right of the people who have posted them.
Q: “What about my second amendment rights? Aren’t you just using the first amendment to violate the second amendment?”
A: No. First of all, it is the users of the App who are the speakers here. The App just provides them with an anonymous forum for that speech. For the rest of your answer, please see the next question.
Q: “Let me ask you, doesn’t this constitute and invasion of privacy that will lead criminals to the doorstep of legal gun owners?”
A: No to both questions. First, 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. If a gun owner wants anonymity from any neighbors who they think might mark their locations, then it is the responsibility of the gun owner to keep their gun ownership a closely held personal or family secret. Second, given the specific purpose of this app, which is marking unsafe gun owners, you should clearly understand that an intelligent (or lazy) thief would certainly look for softer targets (like houses with NRA bumper stickers or logos) for purposes of “casing” a home for a potential robbery.
Q: ”Is this kind of like websites like Yelp! that allow people to post anonymous information about businesses?”
A: Yes, more or less, although Gun Geo Marks disappear after a short period of time. But the Gun Geo Marker is protected by the same legal precedent, and its users by the same first amendment.
Q: ”Why would you publish an App that let’s anyone in the United States look and see if I have a gun?”
A: Your presumption is incorrect, the App does not do that. It is a “local use only” application, good only for examining reports a number of miles around your present location, and can only mark the exact location on which you stand should you want to report a dangerous gun or gun owner.
Q: ”Your app does not allow pinching for zooming in or out. Also, you cannot change the center of the area you are looking at, which marks your current location. Why?”
A: See previous answer. The Gun Geo Marker is for use by local residents who want to protect the children and property. It is not intended for global browsing, and only works where you stand.
Q: ”Why is the Android App only available in the United States?”
A: The main developer – Brett Stalbaum – was motivated to create this App to address a social problem that is specific to his own country, political culture and constitution. This does not mean that the App could not be adjusted to apply to other problems in other places. This issue will be addressed via Open Source, soon.
Q: ”Why only Android?”
A: Because the Walkingtools laboratory is primarily an Android shop. We would be interested in working with a trusted group or individual on porting to other platforms.
Q: “Who is responsible for this?”
A: Brett Stalbaum is the primary author. He is the co-director of the Walkingtools.net Labortory at UCSD, where this project is based.