Unarmed residents of North Carolina should be livid. On the other hand, criminals operating in North Carolina must be ecstatic because CBS affiliate WRAL(in Raleigh) has posted a complete searchable database on its website through which you can look up people by name and address to see if they have concealed-carry permits. Some are understandably afraid that concealed-carry permit-holders may be singled out by criminals, but in fact, what I expect is that criminals will search to see if their intended targets are gun-owners. In one sense, this is like placing a “Gun-free zone” sign in all the places that don’t show up in this database. All of the people who have benefited from the deterrent effect of neighbors who have armed themselves under the law will now likely lose that free ride. Trying to embarrass or pressure concealed-carry permit holders, and certainly opening them up to harassment on a political basis, what WRAL has succeeded in doing is to help criminals avoid armed citizens.
Guess what that means for everyone else?
While the absence of a concealed-carry permit-holder hardly guarantees the absence of guns in a given business or home, it could be an indicator, and for criminals, if the address they’re about to hit isn’t in the database, there is a higher likelihood of catching a business owner or resident unaware and unarmed. Ladies, you will be the first targets of this, because violent sexual offenders can now look to see if their intended targets are apt to be packing heat. We know victims of sexual assault frequently know their attackers, prior to the attack, and now such fiends will be able to verify whether their intended victim is a permit-holder. Consider that what WRAL has actually done is to point violent criminals in the direction of probable unarmed victims. Despite the political harassment North Carolinians with permits might now endure as a result, I would not fail to be join that list if I were a resident of that state. I would want every thug in the state who is aware of WRAL’s database to know that I am armed to the teeth and will defend myself vigorously. It won’t take long for the word of the existence of the database to spread to and among the criminal element.
This shows the foolishness of the left. In attempting to target gun-owners and concealed-carry permit-holders politically, what they may ultimately succeed in doing is to cause criminals to target everyone else. When that happens, more and more law-abiding citizens will go get a concealed-carry permit, or at least arm themselves in their homes, and that will be a good thing for the free people of North Carolina. This is typical of the manner in which leftists function: Their immediate concern was how to score political points against a class of citizens in North Carolina who they hold in contempt, and upon whom they had hoped to heap derision and scorn. Instead, they may well damn every other citizen of the state by helping criminals to filter out the concealed-gun carriers.
In fact, every resident of North Carolina should be outraged, because what WRAL has just done is to aid and abet the criminals. On the other hand, the one thing law-abiding citizens of that state should do in response is to get their concealed-carry permits. As is the norm, there will be unintended consequences of this action by WRAL, and one may be to impel more residents to procure their concealed-carry permits. As bad as this is, for those who like to look for “silver linings,” this story may actually offer one over the long run.