Story about armed WA judge makes news

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    Story about armed WA judge makes news

    Clark Co. judge’s carry decision makes news, but why?




    This week’s revelation by the Vancouver Columbian that a Clark County Superior Court judge has decided to carry a defensive firearm nearly everywhere but the courtroom has stirred considerable public interest.

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    I find it annoying that this is considered 'public interest' and wonder how the judge feels about being outed if he's actually on guard for a potential retaliation.

    Nicely written tho Dave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9MMare View Post
    I find it annoying that this is considered 'public interest' and wonder how the judge feels about being outed if he's actually on guard for a potential retaliation.

    Nicely written tho Dave.
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    The only thing I found questionable about the story is the judge's choice of a minor caliber in light of the threats he's received, but at least he's carrying.
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    That the newspaper would make something of this is curious, almost as though this is very rare. Truth be known, quite a few members of the bench carry firearms, often into the courtroom — depending upon the jurisdiction — and nobody is the wiser.
    I really don't see where this is news at all.

    I agree with Smitty, if he's going to bother to carry then why limit himself with such a small round? I'm not saying that there's not a time and place for the .380 but if I'm bumping my alert system up a level, then I'm most likely going to carry a service round; at least 9mm & and above.

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    As a judge, inside the courtroom is one of the places I would definitely want to carry, if legal to do so.
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    It is hard for me to imagine, given the nature of the profession, any judge not carrying a self defense weapon. Mark me among those who don't see this as a particularly newsworthy, or surprising item.
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    I can't imagine ANY judge NOT carrying. It would be like unarmed soldiers at the front lines. Way too many enemies to go out without some sort of protection in these times.
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    I carry to protect myself and my loved ones from the BG's. Not to solve societies problems. That said: if more carried the deterrent would only have a positive overall effect on those problems.

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    So just because he took a handgun course, we should trust him in a court room, with a loaded gun?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntkb View Post
    So just because he took a handgun course, we should trust him in a court room, with a loaded gun?
    Yes just as we trust each other
    I carry to protect myself and my loved ones from the BG's. Not to solve societies problems. That said: if more carried the deterrent would only have a positive overall effect on those problems.

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    Sorry, I guess the humor didn’t quite show through

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntkb View Post
    Sorry, I guess the humor didn’t quite show through
    OK got it now. You had me worried tho. LOL
    I carry to protect myself and my loved ones from the BG's. Not to solve societies problems. That said: if more carried the deterrent would only have a positive overall effect on those problems.

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    Well, his choice of calibers is his business. It might be the only handgun he owns at the moment, and it also miht just be that he packs a small pistol to keep it inconspicuous. Now, the .380 ACP has ruined more than one day for bad guys, especially if the shooter knows how to use it.

    Now, as for this being a news story, I'm a little mixed about that, but it appears the judge was willing to talk. Letting the world know you're packing is a proven deterrent to violence. I'd never second-guess the judge for this, because the knowledge, or at least the suspicion, among bad guys has spared others from unpleasantness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveWorkman View Post
    Well, his choice of calibers is his business. It might be the only handgun he owns at the moment, and it also miht just be that he packs a small pistol to keep it inconspicuous. Now, the .380 ACP has ruined more than one day for bad guys, especially if the shooter knows how to use it.

    Now, as for this being a news story, I'm a little mixed about that, but it appears the judge was willing to talk. Letting the world know you're packing is a proven deterrent to violence. I'd never second-guess the judge for this, because the knowledge, or at least the suspicion, among bad guys has spared others from unpleasantness.
    Letting others know was a BIG mistake IMHO
    I carry to protect myself and my loved ones from the BG's. Not to solve societies problems. That said: if more carried the deterrent would only have a positive overall effect on those problems.

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