Gun Geo Marker App Under Fire For Listing Homes Of Gun Owners

Gun Geo Marker App Under Fire For Listing Homes Of Gun OwnersA new Android app asks users to expose the home addresses of gun owners they deem “potentially unsafe” — and share that information with the world.

‘Firestorm of negative reviews’

The Gun Geo Marker app, released to Google’s Play app store on July 7, invites users to mark the homes and businesses of “suspected unsafe gun owners … to help others in the area learn about their geography of risk from gun accidents or violence.”The app bills itself as merely a tool to collect information, but it was hit with a firestorm of negative reviews and comments from people worried that it could do more harm than good.

Brett Stalbaum, the developer of Gun Geo Marker and a lecturer with the Visual Arts department of the University of California, San Diego, said he had received threats over the app.


‘Safe use and ownership’

“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 FoxNews.com. “This kind of reaction — automatically lining up on the wrong side of reasonable measures to improve the safe use and ownership of guns — aids and abets the crisis of child shooting deaths,” he said.

Google tells FoxNews.com they do not comment on individual apps, but said to refer to their Google Play developer program policies for apps that are not allowed. The policy says Google Play does not allow content that contains violence or hate speech, bullying or illegal activities, among others. Gun Geo Marker is not available on the iPhone.

Does the Gun Geo Marker app bring more harm than good? Feel free to share your thoughts on this issue!

Source: Jeremy A. Kaplan | Fox News

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Dying Boy Aims To Set World Record

Dying Boy Aims To Set World RecordUnder the Christmas was everything 9-year-old Dalton Dingus had hoped for — an iPad and an iPhone, a big red toolbox filled with real tools just like his grandpa’s, and a stack of Christmas cards nearly as tall he, each with the same wish: that he live to break a Guinness record, and for a long, long time after that.

‘Christmas miracle’

For a month now, cards by the hundreds of thousands have come from all over the world — well wishes and Christmas greetings from cities and countries the Kentucky boy had never before even heard of. The cards have come from Germany and Ukraine, from South Carolina and South Korea. As far as his mother, Jessica Dingus, is concerned, “It’s a Christmas miracle.”

“We left the hospital to come home. They gave him two to eight days to live,” Jessica Dingus told ABCNews.com Dalton takes 18 different medicines every day, including “lots of pills and antibiotics,” his mother said.

He goes through 12 liters of oxygen a day and wears a face mask to help him breathe, making him look like a miniature fighter pilot with an interest in coloring and playing with Lego blocks. For weeks since the cards started coming, Jessica Dingus said, Dalton’s health has improved.


‘Christmas card category’

The cards can longer fit in Dalton’s home. The letter carrier can’t fit them all in her truck anymore, and a local television reporter has taken to filling a trailer to bring all the cards to Dalton’s grandfather’s church. Despite some reports that Dalton had already broken the record for receiving the most Christmas cards, spokeswoman Jamie Panas said Guinness “currently does not monitor a category for this.” However, Guinness does have an old record on the books. As of 1992, the last official time Guinness allowed for a Christmas card category, Canadian Jarrod Booth had collected 205,120.

Jessica Dingus told ABCNews.com that she has since registered Dalton in the hopes the record keepers will open a category for him.

Do you know someone who also has cystic fibrosis? Would you help Dalton Dingus achieve the Guiness Record for Christmas cards?

Source: Russell Goldman, Good Morning America, Yahoo News

Image: Examiner