More on LA Sheriff and CCW permits
I received from a reader a list of the 500 or so CCW permits that the sheriff of LA County has allowed. Just by way of experiment, I took the first name given for a holder in each municipality, and did a quick Google for them. Strangely, the occupations seem more associated with money and celebrity than with likely need for defense against crime:
Private investigator: 2
Pvt atty: 1
Venture capitalist: 1
Major business: 1
Nothing found: 4
Someone who researched the entire list says there are 135 issued to judges and 57 to attorneys (i.e., about 40% of the tota).
22 go to addresses in Beverly Hills, and 10 to Malibu which have virtually no murders, and other violence rates around half the national average. In Compton, which has a murder rate five times the national average, there are zero CCW permits. Same for Lynwood, which has nearly three times the national average murder rate. Basically, if you want a CCW permit in LA County, it's best to live in a wealthy area with a zero homicide rate.
UPDATE: the experience of one CCW applicant is in extended remarks below.
I work as a teacher in a maximum security lockdown detention facility for high-risk offenders being tried and/or sentenced as adults.
I have been physically attacked and filed a complaint numerous times.
I have been the victim of a PC 422--terrorist threat by one "kid" who threatened to come to my house and kill everyone in it.
I have been threatened more than once.
Do you s'pose I "need" a CCW?
I would certainly like one.
Do you s'pose I could get one?
What do you s'pose would happen if I applied but was denied?
My name would be flagged and if I ever applied for a permit anywhere in the country, that denial could be used against me to deny me again.
Baca is a crook (in my opinion) whom the NRA and others should be working to unseat and replace with pro-2nd-Amendment, shall-issue candidates--and there are such candidates.
In the 2006 election, ignored by the NRA, Baca was re-elected.
Baca ran against a former deputy of his, Ken Masse, who is pro-2nd-Amendment.
After the election, Baca had one of his underlings strip this 35-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. of his CCW.
Baca runs the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. like he's a petty Third World dictator of a banana republic.
I know that I am not safer as a result of his policies.