Bang! Editor fired after publishing gun-owner map

 Released locations of permit holders, then hired armed guard  herself


From, 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.

According  to a report in the Rockland Times, a competitor to the Gannett-owned  Rockland County Journal News, editor Caryn McBride is among the casualties of a  recent purge at the Journal News.

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Just two months ago, the newspaper admitted that the information it published  was badly outdated.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.


2 responses

  1. It is already too late everybody in this world with a gun legally is already identified and located only those in illegal possession might escape the coming confiscation of weapons by a government entity.

    1. Senator_Blutarsky

      “with a gun LEGALLY ” – does that mean only with “government” permission slip to own one ?

      by your definitions is “illegal” one like one that your dad or granddad left you, or that you bought in a private sale with another free citizen ?

      The right of a citizen to bear arms, in lawful defense of himself or the State, is absolute. He does not derive it from the State government. It is one of the high powers” delegated directly to the citizen, and `is excepted out of the general powers of government.’ A law cannot be passed to infringe upon or impair it, because it is above the law, and independent of the lawmaking power.

      – Cockrum v. State, 24 Tex. 394 [1859]

      Our pathetic Texas state legislative bodies, have for decades, worked to turn a “right” in to a “privilege GRANTED by government”. Only when Texas has Vermont-style firearm laws will we have regained something akin to our natural, GOD-GIVEN right with firearms.

      Only when one KNOWS their Rights, can one properly exercise them.

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