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Backfire: Editor of NY paper that published map of gun owners gets canned

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By Doug Powers  •  August 10, 2013 11:20 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

In December of last year, a suburban New York newspaper, the Journal News, caused quite a stir after publishing an interactive map that showed the names and addresses of every person in two counties with handgun permits:

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In reaction to backlash to the paper’s publication of the names and addresses of people permitted to keep handguns at their homes for personal protection, the newspaper hired armed security guards. The paper was then the recipient the “Piers Morgan Award for Lack of Irony Awareness.”

And now, karma by way of Bearing Arms blog via Ace of Spades:

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.

Now that they’re looking for new jobs, at least they have a map showing where the people least likely to help them reside.

**Written by Doug Powers

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