Looks to me like it might be wise for some residents of Blue lake to consider applying for a concealed weapons permit. Life in prison for a former police officer can get pretty ugly and the defendant may not be a very happy camper. On second thought, the news papers print the names of people who are issued CCW permits .... thats a problem!
Whether public information or not, we would not have published the names of permit holders if we had thought that doing so would place anyone in harm's way. And the first thing to be underscored, in this instance, is those 11 names that the Sheriff's Office did not give us.
Mr. sims did not publish the names of the 11 because the sheriff withheld those 11 names, not because mr. sims was concerned about any of the CCW holders well being. Thankfully your local sheriff withheld those 11 most at risk to his knowledge even though legally perhaps he should have released those 11 names as well. Mr. sims and Ms. Walters were playing Journalistic Drunk driving with the well being of the good people of his community. surely if Mr. Sims was incorrect and one of the CCW permit holders is injured because of the knowledge disclosed to the general public, No doubt Mr. Sims will accept responsibility in full for his misjudgement. In feb/mar. I have an article scheduled to be published in the United States Concealed Carry Assoc. magazine called "Shadow figures, assessing Criminals dangerousness", this organization has about 30,000 member nationwide and I would offer Mr. sims the opportunity to confer with the numerous experts associated with that organization if he plans to write other stories related to CCW so that he might get some guidence on how to write about CCW in a responsible way and not endanger law abiding members of his community. The life of a small news paper is dependent on the good will of the community and I suspect that Mr. Sims and Ms. walters have lost a large portion of the good will they once enjoyed and that will translate into dollars and cents over the long haul.
Hank sims responds to this issue, very poor response ... must be a slow learner.
you title your response "unconcealed" and I suppose you think that is cleaver.
You rationalize away your irresponsible actions, you distort the fact that very few if any CCW want their names published. You are correct that it is legal to publish the names but that does not make it less irresponsible (all low life behavior is legal until it becomes illegal). You note that people from out of state are responding to the story ... because it is irresponsible to the point of being criminal in most CCW states. the fact that you have to resort to distortions and rationalizations for your actions tells me that you lack knowledge of, both CCW issues and journalist ethics toward your own neighbors. I spent 25 years working with criminals at pelican bay state prison and Atascadero state hospital and I assure you, your article was a ND .. negligent discharge. Spend some time with mr. Koog learning a little something about CCW. If I were one of the names published, I would have a flyer with your picture, your house, your family, your net worth, your address and note that you are not in favor firearms for protection of self or family then i would approach you to publish that informtion in your paper and when you declined, I would post it in your community anyway. Shame on you for the story but mostly shame on you for not even knowing you are so far out of line on this issue.
I am a former California resident who worked at pelican Bay state prison and was stunned that any responsible writer or editor would publish a story with the names of local citizens who have valuable gun collections as well as CCW permits. Based on the criminals i worked with, you just drastically increased the odds of a home invasion robbery by criminals who now know they will have to rob armed residents if they want the gun collection, do you think there are not lots of criminals who would not be willing to kill for a decent gun collection? I wrote the editor a letter suggesting that Ms. Walters should be fired and the editors should consider resigning over this article and compared it to journalistic drunk driving. I also suggested that if the article had been the writer attempting to train and obtain a CCW permit, that would have been a valuable story and then the writer would have realized how foolish it was to print this article. after reflection, I hope the editor will demand that Ms. Walters takes a comprehensive gun carry couse and tries to obtain a CCW and writes an article on what she learned from her experiance with her new found knowledge of concealed carry and responsiblity.
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Dec 12, 2013
vol XXIV issue 50
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