Statement from the CEO
Civitas Media never had any plans or intentions of publishing in print or online lists of holders of “conceal and carry” permits. Nor will Civitas Media develop databases of permit holders. A poorly crafted internal memo meant to highlight editorial discussions and planning incorrectly indicated that such a database was being planned; it has been considered and rejected.
Michael C. Bush, CEO
Dear Mchael C. Bush, Civitas Media CEO,
I just wanted to write to say thank you for rejecting the horrible violation of privacy which someone in your organization considered with regard to publishing personal and private information of "conceal and carry" permit holders.
I hope this incident will also provide an opportunity for educating perhaps the younger members of your staff regarding the importance of upholding the right to privacy, as granted to each and every individual by his Creator.
While the ever changing American government enacts moot attempts to minimize crime, it is worth considering that we who have complied with its illegal and immoral demands to be 'permitted' for what is really a natural right have done so against our will — we would have never voluntarily given the State such private information.
As with each and every violation of natural rights, there are always negative consequences. For example, due to the State's mandate of issuing "conceal and carry" permits and building a database of such records, some people have become confused thinking that "public records" are those which everyone has a right to access, but of course, this is not the case. Americans also give the State personal and private financial data against our will, but no "Transparency Act" can give the general public the right to access such data.
Further, the consequences of anyone publishing such data could certainly include the criminal targeting of homes for theft where firearms likely reside, and/or criminal targeting of homes whose owners might not have such defenses.
Certainly, most people would not have the intention to put innocent Americans at risk of burglary or worse, but without giving heed to the importance of protecting our natural rights, as history continues to show, negative consequences are inevitable.
Thank you again for honoring the right to privacy of Americans. I can only hope such examples as yours will help others act accordingly.
bernard baruch carman
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