E-mail from Ron about the WFTV hit piece on Concealed Weapons Carriers.
See the hit piece HERE
I am fuming right now. Channel 9 tonight, and on their website, have provided the names and addresses of all of Florida's CCW licensees. This now becomes a shopping list for criminals to go and steal guns they know are there! And if they encounter someone in the home while the gun owner is absent, and presumably has the gun with him, what would an angry criminal do to that person? My wife is now petrified to come home from her part-time job to an empty house...well maybe not!
I'm going to change my license information to my PO Box, but that will take weeks to go into effect. Meanwhile, my family has been made a target by WFTV!
This is without doubt another irresponsible action taken by the liberal news media without any regard whatsoever for the damage and harm they cause. I can only hope you jump on this situation with both feet.
I'm going to call Jeb Bush tomorrow to find out why the counties made this information available to the media. Next I'll contact all advertisers on WFTV to let them know what they are party to being associated with this station, then onto my blog for a protracted series on this subject.
Thanks for letting vent this...for now.
RonWhat useful purpose is served in making the private information of law abiding citizens public?From a listener...Pat:
Below is the letter I sent to my State Senator and Representative regarding protecting the privacy of lawful citizens who apply for and/or hold concealed carry permits. You are welcome to read it on the air.
MANY THANKS for spotlighting this issue!
The Honorable Paula Dockery
Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
November 6, 2005
Dear Mrs. Dockery:
I have discovered that certain news media outlets have undertaken to publish or broadcast names, addresses, and other personal information belonging to Florida citizens who have exercised their right to obtain a Concealed Weapon Carry Permit. It is outrageous that such information is available to anyone other than bona fide law enforcement personnel acting pursuant to a search warrant.
First, criminals can study such lists to determine which persons to victimize and which to avoid. Concealed carry constitutes an effective crime deterrent only if criminals do not know which of their prospective victims might be armed. To publicize the identities of concealed carry permit holders is thus tantamount to giving enemy personnel access to classified information.
Second, publicizing the identities of concealed carry permit holders constitutes a gross invasion of privacy. When we give the government our sensitive personal information, we have a right to expect that this data will be fully protected and held in the strictest confidence.
Third, decent, law-abiding citizens may be reluctant to apply for a concealed carry permit if they know that their personal information is not protected.
Fourth, this information could be used by employers, anti-gun groups, and/or other entities who are hostile to the right to keep and bear arms to target law-abiding citizens for discrimination, harassment, or worse.
For all the above reasons, I strongly demand that you introduce legislation to fully protect the privacy of all information regarding citizens who apply for and/or who hold Concealed Weapon Carry Permits.
It is essential to immediately know where you stand on this vital issue.
Your prompt response to this letter will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much for your kind assistance.
Robert W. Baldwin