Christmas came early for thieves, thugs and rapists this year, thanks to  the New York Journal News.

As Twitchy reported on Christmas Eve, the lower Hudson Valley newspaper published an online map — complete with names and addresses — highlighting thousands of Rockland and Westchester County residents with gun permits. The shameful attempt to intimidate legal gun owners in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre sparked widespread outrage among Second Amendment advocates.

As many Twitter users noted, the map may have put vulnerable people who don’t own guns at even greater risk. The “real reporters” at the Journal News might as well have placed neon arrows pointing to all the homes without firearm permits. For murderers, robbers and others who victimize the defenseless, it reads like a crime spree itinerary.

Could we see a post-Christmas rush on handgun permit applications in Westchester and Rockland?