Released locations of permit holders, then hired armed guard herself
From WND.com, 08/08/13 – The editor of the New York newspaper who created a furor by obtaining the names and addresses of gun permit owners and publishing them suddenly is out of a job.
The report describes how 17 journalists and a total of 26 staff members at the Journal News were let go.
It was the Journal News that in 2012 “took it upon itself to publish the names and addresses of all gun owners in Westchester and Rockland counties under the headline, ‘Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood?’” according to a BigPacReview report.
The Times described how McBride, as editor then, “gained fame earlier this year for her involvement in the Journal News gun map fiasco.”
The report also noted, “Police reports indicated McBride had called the Clarkstown Police Department to notify them of torrents of angry phone calls and letters the newspaper received following the publication of the map. The Rockland editor said she felt threatened by the complaints, but local police did not agree a credible threat against the safety of employees of the newspaper existed.
“Unsatisfied, McBride and other executives decided to hire armed guards to protect their property, causing an uproar due to the perceived hypocrisy of the avowed anti-gun editors hiring gun-toting men,” the Times reported.
The layoffs were announced by the newspaper’s CEO, Janet Hasson.
The fallout from the decision to publish the names and addresses of gun permit holders followed for weeks.
Just two months ago, the newspaper admitted that the information it published was badly outdated. The White Plains-based newspaper admitted many people saw a dot on their house, indicating there was a gun permit at that address, even though they didn’t own a gun.
A huge embarrassment came when the Journal News was reported to be hiring armed guards to secure its business premises because of alleged threats following the publication of the names and addresses.
The responses to the publication included the publication of a map showing “Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?” and the Times reported a Clarkstown police report confirmed that armed security guards were hired for the Journal News.
The move came, according to the report, after McBride expressed alarm over the “negative” responses to the publication of the names and addresses.
The Times also reported that shortly after the publication, authorities said burglars entered the home of one of the individuals highlighted by the newspaper and a gun safe that was on the premises was damaged in a robbery attempt.