Most of you might remember a certain New York newspaper that made national headlines for publishing the names and addresses of gun-permit owners.
Gun owners were outraged and those who had information published felt threatened. Inevitably one owner’s house was broken into by burglars and though his guns were thankfully locked in a gun safe, the safe and house were damaged during the incident.
It’s been a long time coming, but finally, according to the Rockland Times, editor Caryn McBride has been fired along with 17 other journalists working at Journal News.
Journal News came under heavy criticism after their 2012 decision to publish the names and addresses of all gun owners, but no repercussions ever occurred. Now the Times reports that McBride had called the Clarkstown Police Department to notify them of complaints and angry phone calls after the newspaper published the map.
Though the editor felt threatened by the complaints, police didn’t believe there was enough to warrant an arrest and/or police protection. Many responded to the newspaper’s actions by publishing their own, “Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?” This prompted the staff to hire armed security guards.
Quite a load of hypocrites in our book. How is it fair to hire armed security guards for yourself (under no credible threats) but gun owners can’t protect themselves with firearms in their own home. Looks like after a long period we finally have some closure to this terrible act by Journal News. Hopefully these media contributors have learned a lesson about respecting privacy and the Second Amendment.