News Editor Involved in New York Gun Owner Map Fired
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According to RocklandTimes.com, Caryn McBride has been fired from the Journal News Newspaper.
McBride was involved in the controversial creation of an interactive map of potential gun owners in the state of New York.
The map drew criticism due to the fact that it could allow people trying to escape domestic violence to be more easily found and also because it created a virtual shopping list for gun thieves.
Thieves may have targeted at least one home due to the map.
From Newyork.newsday.com, “At least two burglars broke into a home on Davis Avenue at 9:30 p.m. Saturday but were unsuccessful in an attempt to open the safe, which contained legally owned weapons, according to a law enforcement source. One suspect was taken into custody, the source said.”
The newspaper staff said they felt threatened due to numerous complaints and threats over the map, but police found none of the threats to be credible. That didn’t stop the newspaper from hiring their own armed security for protection (mildly hypocritical).
According to the Rockland Times,
The decision to lay off McBride was made by Journal News Publisher and CEO Janet Hasson. The fate of Editor-in-Chief CynDee Royle has not been made public.