You can't assume that 100% of the criminal element out there is comprised of brain rotted "tweekers".
This information is public so that the general public can make sure that the system is not being abused. The list being public was not designed so that a newspaper could "out" the entire CONCEALED carry weapon permit community in your county. Important word being CONCEALED. As a permit carrier I can get in trouble for letting people know I carry a gun, yet the paper can do it to hundreds and they are free and clear? I'm sure you can see the double standard. The reason we are not to be telling people is for legal, social, and personal safety reasons. All of which get thrown into the wind on the front page of a news paper.
The editor says that obviously the article was harmless because nobody has gotten hurt. Well, if I put an article in the paper saying that it's good for parents to feed their baby lead paint, but no deaths occured could it be argued that it was a harmless article?
Your last comment gives you away: "I might be opinionated but I get along just fine with most people. Perhaps that's why feel no need to carry a concealed firearm in public".
You can't seem to be able to wrap your head around the idea that CCW carriers are not looking for a fight. I've been in a fight one time in my entire life, in a playground when I was a kid.
We do not look for fights, if we ever have to pull our gun we are arrested and put through due process. Our gun is gone and the attourney fees would be huge, unaffordable to put it mildly. But it's still better than being dead, so we choose to be able to have a last option should we need it.
The idea that CCW permit carriers are people who don't get along with others, or are looking for confrontation is ludicrous, yet an idea that you seem to have mired yourself in.
We do not carry as a deterrant. It is called a Concealed Carry Weapons permit. Done properly nobody is supposed to know you are carrying. It's a secret. Most people who carry tell nobody about their permit as a situation can get very dangerous for us very quickly with the more people that know about our carry status.
You want a logical scenario: Standing in line at the bank and robbers run in with guns drawn demanding money, your friend/wife/etc says "do something, you have a gun!", you will be the only person to leave that building dead that day. As a CCW holder it is not our responsibility to uphold justice or law enforcement tasks. If I actually ever was involved in a bank heist, I'm going to stand there with everybody else, keep my gun hidden and be as good of a wittness as possible, just like my issuing authority told me to.
We carry as a means to protect ourselves and others if it is absolutely a last option, we do not patroll the streets deterring crime or bad guys. If we carry in a manner where our gun is even exposed we can get in a lot of trouble, may even have our permit revoked.
Someone who is anti gun could find a name on this list of someone they know, next time they see them at the grocery store they could call the cops saying they had a gun hanging out and feel threatened. Which would cause a lot of trouble for the law abiding CCWer.
Pure nosiness? Awesome reason to write an article. Couldn't find an actual reason to passively harass the CCW community today?
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Dec 5, 2013
vol XXIV issue 49
The North Coast Journal Weekly
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