A Nurse with a Gun

Friday, April 06, 2007

Top Cops Favor Concealed Carry



Los Angeles, CA. A growing number of Sheriff's and Police Officials have joined the debate over Concealed Weapon Permits (CCW) as shown in an eight minute Full Disclosure NetworkT Video News Blog featuring high ranking sheriffs and police officials of the Western United States. The video is available FREE, 24/7, on demand as a public service.

Featured in the video are Sheriff Joe Arpaio (Maricopa County AZ), LAPD Chief William Bratton, Police Lt. Don Meredith (Glendale, Calif.) L. A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca, Orange County Sheriff Mike Carona, L. A. County Sheriff Captain Ray Leyva, L. A. County Captain Ken Masse (ret), and L. A. County Sheriff Sergeant Paul Jernigan offering their strong opinions, pro and con on the need to issue CCW (concealed carry weapon) permits.

Sheriffs Sergeant Paul Jernigan stressed the need for citizens to defend themselves in times of civil unrest, citing the L. A. riots of 1992 where police and sheriffs were unable to protect citizens and their businesses. Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio goes one step further announcing his new policy, making it mandatory for all his Deputies to carry concealed weapons off duty, instructing them to use if necessary.

Some of these law enforcement officials make compelling arguments in favor of issuing more CCWs and emphasizing the need to have a "right to carry" state policies. Others, defended the need to strictly control, with penalties, citizen access to fire arms.

The Video News Blog provides a striking contrast in between attitudes in Arizona and California law enforcement policies regarding Concealed Weapon Permits (CCWs).

It is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in California without a permit. Permits are issued by the local Sheriff or Police Chief. The criteria for obtaining a CCW permit is based upon the local official law enforcement official's own policy. In most of the United States "right to carry" laws have been enacted.

Full Disclosure Network's™ regular cable and Internet television programs are featured on 40 cable television systems and video streamed on the Internet. Channels and airtimes are listed by community from the website.

The Full Disclosure™ is billed as "the news behind the news". In 2002 host Leslie Dutton was presented with a local public affairs Emmy by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for the series entitled "L.A.'s Ward Against Terrorism". Dutton has been conducting interviews for the past thirteen years with local, state and national law enforcement officials in order to inform the public on critical police policies and procedures.

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Anonymous angus lincoln said...

I'd like to know what makes one more eligeable to carry a concealed weapon AFTER you've been the victim of a violent crime. Isn't that like closing the barn door after the horses have run out?

9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, it makes as much sense as being denied police protection from someone threatening to kill you. Only when you are dead will the police take action.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My name is Dennis ellis, I live in Grand Junction Colorado there are many concealed weapon permits here probably 4000 are 5000 in this town I would say on an average, I have one, and my gun goes with me whenever I leave my house! Any of those people in the Los Angeles area etc. that are opposed to concealed Carry are idiots in my opinion! I am a fugitive recovery agent law enforcement in Colorado and even if I wasn't I would still carry my concealed weapon which I am a licensed to do! I totally totally disagree with limiting concealed carry permits in Los Angeles area or any state as bad as this worlds getting with crime ANYWHERE limiting people to concealed carry permits is absolutely ridiculous! I would like to slap all of those opposed out there that have any choice or control on the matter to concealed carry permits that are opposing them! That's my personal opinion, and I'll carry my gun everywhere I go legally because I've got the right to do it and the permit! And got help anybody that tries to assult me or my wife or Rob us or hurt us in any way, because I will not hesitate if I'm ever threatened with a deadly weapon or our lives to unleash a 230 grain jacketed hollowpoint through the person trying to do the harm? with my 1911 combat 45 automatic!!! What's this world coming to when we have people in places like Los Angeles trying to limit concealed carry too honest law-abiding citizens??? That passed the background and testing properly? I wonder what they would do if they were threatened or assaulted or robbed without a weapon? I'd like to hear their answer to that? I will carry a concealed weapon the rest of my life and as I say if more people carry concealed weapons in my personal opinion there would be a lot less crime! The bad guys would start wondering who has one and who doesn't? That's just common sense, the idiots that oppose concealed carry I just watched in this eight minute video NEED TO BE ROBBED OR ASSAULTED! And maybe they'd have a different opinion? Especially a place like Los Angeles or Orange County for God sakes WAKE-UP PEOPLE! SINCERELY DENNIS IN COLORADO.

4:19 PM  
Blogger BirdDog said...

The question that came to my mind as I watched the video of Leroy Baca was, "I wonder if he would have the same opinon about guns if his family had to live by the same rules he'd advocate for the rest of us." He sounds suspiciously like the holier-than-thou members of Congress who believe they know better than we how we should live, and conveniently exclude themselves from the laws they would have us live by.

I'll buy a very nice steak dinner for the first person who can prove to me that Mr. Baca's family is not protected by a firearm.

The question to ask yourself when confronted by people like Baca is whether you should agree that your family is any less worthy of Second Amendment protection than his.

BirdDog
Colorado

7:50 PM  
Blogger BirdDog said...

The question that came to my mind as I watched the video of Leroy Baca was, "I wonder if he would have the same opinon about guns if his family had to live by the same rules he'd advocate for the rest of us." He sounds suspiciously like the holier-than-thou members of Congress who believe they know better than we how we should live, and conveniently exclude themselves from the laws they would have us live by.

I'll buy a very nice steak dinner for the first person who can prove to me that Mr. Baca's family is not protected by a firearm.

The question to ask yourself when confronted by people like Baca is whether you should agree that your family is any less worthy of Second Amendment protection than his.

BirdDog
Colorado

7:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dennis, the "people" in L.A. who do support the 2nd Amendment don't support the Sheriff.

That leaves us--the 2nd Amendment supporters--out in the cold.

I honestly don't know who votes for Baca here except for the Democrats in the movie industry throughout L.A. County.

The average folks hate him.

For years he wasted taxpayer money on harebrained social work schemes while the new jail he built was left empty because he used up the money to staff it on other "stuff."

The law-abiding gun owners who support the 2nd Amendment here in L.A. County are basically stripped of our rights here, even though the homicide rate is skyrocketing:

Check it out here:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/homicidereport/2007/01/index.html

The L.A. Times has recently started a blog called "The Homicide Report"; here's why:

"Dispatch, Jan. 31, 2007: Introduction

The list represents an effort to provide comprehensive coverage of all homicides that occur in Los Angeles County.

Overwhelmed by the sheer volume, the Los Angeles Times, like other major media organizations, covers only a fraction of the more than 1,000 murders in Los Angeles County each year. Many violent deaths become, in essence, private homicides -- catastrophic on a small scale, invisible on a broader one."

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IMHO it is arrogance that makes LEO's believe that guns should be controlled. These law enforcement officials are too full of themselves to believe that honest law abiding citizens, who have chosen a different career path than law enforcement, are responsible enough to carry a deadly weapon. I feel that they believe a carry permit holder is someone who does not have enough self control to use a firearm in a safe manner. The LEO's envision shootings on highways due to road rage; shootings in Wal-Mart over the last tickle-me-Elmo on the day after Thanksgiving etc... They do not realize that we are humans just the same as they are.

2:53 PM  
Blogger Al said...

I am not surprised. I recall the on-camera confiscation, using physical force, of the revolver owned by the lady in New Orleans...by California officers imported to promulgate Ray Nagin and Fast Eddie compass's weapons philosophy. I have carried concealed for a tad over 36 years. I still do. It's a simple question: "Tried by 12, or carried by 6 ?" I do have a permit now that I'm retired and I make a strong effort to know and obey the gun laws, but my greatest driver is common sense. Thank God I don't live in K'alifornia.

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Alan Wolin said...

From Alan in Colorado
I am a retired parole agent from the Dept. of Corrections in California and have lived in Colorado since 1993. People who would deny second amendment rights to other citizens are projecting their own fears about gun ownership and use, or in the case of law enforcement officials believe that different standards should apply to ordinary citizens. Somehow they believe that they are not ordinary citizens.

A person does have the intrinsic right to protect himself and his family in my opinion.

Fortunately, there is much less crime in Colorado compared to California (that is why I moved here) and I do not feel compelled to carry my firearm frequently although I have had a permit since 1996. If I lived in Los Angeles, I would carry it daily as I did as a parole agent when living there. It is a strange situation in that a concealed weapon carry permit is needed more in Los Angeles, because of the high crime rate, and it is very difficult to obtain a permit unless you are a law enforcement person. In Colorado, where it could be argued there is less need, a CWP is much easier to obtain.

The results of the gun confiscation program in Australia are now in after one year. The ban has resulted in higher crime statistics in all categories one year later! As expected, the criminals know they are the only ones armed, excluding law enforcement personnel, and older citizens are more vulnerable and at greater risk now.

In Colorado honest law abiding citizens can be approved for a concealed weapon permit and since the program began, to my knowledge,about 1996, there have been few if any incidents involving violence with concealed carry permit holders. A few permits have been confiscated becasue of drunk driving and other incidents not related to firearms, I have read in the local newspaper, but overall the program has been very successful here.

Having a firearm on my person would make me much more cautious about arguing with another motorist or being involved in an altercation. This is the opposite reaction that anti gun people would have you believe would occur. They believe that the average citizen with a permit would be looking for trouble, instead of being cofident, and calm in the knowledge that they can protect themselves from assault.

11:44 PM  
Anonymous Robert MacKenzie said...

Having 36 years as a Baltimore, Maryland Police Officer behind me, I can say that I have been helped by an armed citizen on two occasions
One was a store owner, and the other was a home maker. This was before all the commotion about carry permits. Both persons were on their own property when showing me that they were armed. Needless to say, I was grateful for their help at the time. Most of my time, I was the Captain of the departmental Pistol Team, going from place to place with my equiptment, Being in civilian clothes I was glad to be armed. I think ALL citizens should be allowed to be armed--PROVIDING THEY HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE AND TRAINING NECESSARY TO BE SAFE. It's a political thing in some states, like Maryland. It's hard to prove you need the RIGHT TO CARRY..

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Luther A (Alex) Glenn said...

I worked as an armed posseman for Sheriff Joe Arpiao for 12 years. I carry a firearm 24/7 wherever legal. I firmly believe that everyone who wants to carry concealed, takes the appropriate training, exhibits competence with a firearm and is not prohibited from owning a firearm should be issued a CCW permit on request. Q.E.D.

8:48 PM  

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