Breach of privacy -- publication of records of concealed weapon licensees.
Re: "Shedding Light On Concealed Handguns"
In a March 11, 2007, article by Christian Trejbal in The Roanoke Times newspaper, the list of Virginia licensees for the carry of concealed handguns has been published.
What are you thinking, in publishing that information? Certainly, you're not thinking very clearly. You're not considering the damage you're doing to a large group of law-abiding Virginia citizens.
This is a gross breach of privacy for those concerned. The rationale in the story used by Mr. Trejbal is that the mere fact the government has compiled and tracked such records is sufficient cause to publicize these records for all to see.
In simple point of fact, you have breached the privacy of these people. You have placed them at risk they did not previously know, until you stepped in. You have publicized their Constitutionally-protected, personal decision to carry a concealed firearm along with details about them.
While we can perhaps agree that some people would find such records of interest, it is simply nobody's business to know the details of someone's decision to be protected from criminals in a legally-protected manner. Let alone, who has made such a decision.
The rabid, angry "left" in this country fail to appreciate that it's simply not okay to put people at risk in that way. It's simply not kosher to publicize personal details about people who are legally protecting themselves. You have brought harm to these people, by your lackadaisical and irresponsible decision.
You know, using the logic presented by Mr. Trejbal in the article, many people might find it very interesting to know details about all news reporters and publishers in Virginia, given the importance of quality information and all. Information of interest like their names and addresses, their political affiliation, the schools their children attend. You know, because the government tracks the records and all, and it's in the public interest to ensure that proper record-keeping procedures are being followed by the government. What do you think: good idea?
These citizens have chosen to legally carry a firearm under their constitutionally protected right to self-defense via firearms. They are some of the least-likely people in this country to commit crimes of any kind. This group votes. This group is relatively affluent. This group has passed all of the hurdles and background checks you would think are required to justify that someone isn't a felon, mentally incapable or otherwise shouldn't be allowed to own or carry a firearm. Who are you to put such citizens at risk?
The whole point of CONCEALED carry is the fact that it's nobody's business but the person carrying. It may well be of interest to folks, but frankly it's nobody's BUSINESS. Your actions may well have placed these people at increased risk of future crimes. These people are now known, and it's known that those homes contain firearms for the taking (by criminals). Do you also fail to see that criminals read the newspaper as well?
You and your newspaper should be ashamed. You have executed a terrible breach of privacy of a law-abiding group of citizens that has done nothing but GOOD for the state of Virginia. Do you desperately want to publish a list? How about a list of the number of felons recently released ahead of schedule for reasons of over-crowding? Now, THAT would be of interest to voting Virginians, don't you think?
The citizens you have so callously and brazenly harmed via this disclosure deserve your immediate, public apology and shutting down of the records you have made available.