Maker of Gun Owner Tracking App Now Claims it Was “A Honeypot”, a Fake and a Social Experiment
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According to a recent blog posting, Brett Stalbaum, the creator of the app, has said the release of the app, which encouraged users to mark the homes of “dangerous gun owners” anonymously, was actually a “honeypot” designed to draw criticism from “a smaller component of the [gun] community that sees any attempt at improving gun safety” which will now somehow by used in a documentation project.
Seeing as how the app was universally condemned by every gun blog, forum, and gun owner (that we spoke to) we fail to see how the criticism was coming from a small component of the gun community and not the overall gun community itself.
An excerpt from the recent blog post made at the app’s website:
Secondly, the App was a honeypot. As a gun owner myself, I am all too aware of a smaller component of the community that sees any attempt at improving gun safety as an affront to their second amendment rights. Reasonable regulations that do not interfere with anyone’s second amendment rights – such as universal background checks and trigger locks when guns are unattended in the presence of children – are needed to help abate the gun violence epidemic in this country. But some places in the United States seem committed to going in the opposite direction, as in Florida where a law was passed preventing medical doctors from asking about gun safety in the home as they might about swimming pool safety. So, the project is also a culture-jamming exercise intended to draw out earnest expressions from the radical anti-gun-safety community, expressions that will now become part of a second phase of the project which involves aesthetic manifestations. The app itself will remain online for a time so that people can play with the user interface, after which it will morph into a purely “documentation” application about the project.
How the feedback solicited so far will be used by Stalbaum is yet to be seen. It is also unknown if Stalbaum had a change of heart about the app following overwhelming criticism and also the release of his and his family’s personal information by the hacking group Anonymous and came up with the honeypot story as an exit maneuver.
Mr. Stalbaum should probably note, no one represents “the gun community.” Even as a large, pro-gun blog, we do not claim to represent the community as a whole. The shooting and gun community is one of the most diverse on the planet, brining together people from all walks of life, races and backgrounds. There are constant disagreements about guns, ammo, laws, method of carry, rights, when deadly force is warranted and 1,000 other discussions that generate 1,000 different viewpoints. However, that same community, that incredibly diverse community, came together to definitively condemn the Gun Geo Marker App.
What does that tell you Mr. Stalbaum?
The app is still available in the Google Play Store for now and has amassed over 2,800 reviews, almost all negative.