To those who want to make my name public as a CHL holder,
You want to know if I have a Concealed Handgun License, a CHL. You want to know so you can make decisions:
Not knowing me, personally.
Not knowing what I do for a living.
Not knowing any of my personal circumstances.
Not knowing my involvement in the community.
What you will know is that I trained for, applied for, paid for and passed a check by the authorities for the privilege of holding a CHL. Basically the only thing you will know is that I?m quite possibly a better citizen than the run-of-the-mill person on the street. Willing to train, verify who I am in all details, open my life for inspection, make a commitment and take responsibility. (Reads like a checklist for being a good citizen, actually.) That?s it ? you will know nothing else.
From the responses to the show I find that you want to make decisions about whether to be around me, where your children play, where I should work, where I should shop, where I should walk or ride my bike based only on knowing that I have a CHL.
That?s not all. You?re not only equipped to make all those decisions by knowing I have a CHL, it?s your right to know! You have a right to know that I?m a good citizen so you can restrict what I do, where I go and who is around me. You have a right to know so that businesses can plug that info into their databases for commercial gain. You have a right to know so that political action groups can use me as a whipping boy or poster child for their side of the argument. You have a right to know in the name of ?public safety,? though you can?t point to any objective data showing that knowing this makes the public any safer. Or makes you, individually, any safer. You have the right to know even though it puts me in the public eye through no fault of my own (unless, of course, you think that conscientiously following the law is a fault), and possibly will endanger my life, livelihood or both. Never mind all that, you have the right to know!
What more to say? Oh, well, one thing I can see coming from this if CHL are made public ? it?ll give impetus to changing Oregon law to match Vermont. Then everyone will know that everyone may be legally carrying a gun at any time! Problem solved, your right to know is secure! Yipee!
An Oregon CHL Holder
posted 4 years, 6 months ago
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