The debate over gun violence in America was re-ignited with the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December.
Shortly after the shootings, the Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., ran a story with the names and addresses of registered gun owners in the area.
The newspaper said that it felt "sharing the information about gun permits in our area was important in the aftermath of the Newtown shootings."
However, the newspaper's action caused another firestorm, with one New York State senator immediately proposing to remove the names of registered gun owners from the public record -- making them available only to law enforcement.
To Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute's "Sense Making" project, this is what can happen if journalists aren't careful with how they use public records.