John Palmer, 62, retired from the Department of Justice in 2003 after 26 years. Now a part-time private investigator, he said he decided to get a concealed weapons permit but didn't plan to carry a gun often.
"I would only be using it when I felt it would be needed for my own security," he said.
Retiree Greg Eggum, 63, said he decided to get a permit because it gave him a chance to spend some time with his former colleagues on the shooting range. A former state fire marshal, Eggum said he didn't plan to carry a gun personally but that he was glad other retirees would.
"The public is probably going to be safer for it as far as I'm concerned," he said. "I think the attorney general did the public a service by letting his retired officers carry."
Ok, I really don't get it. Palmer stated he would only carry it when he felt it would be needed for his own safety. Now if I am not mistaken, isn't that the WHOLE purpose for allowing them to carry after retirement? That for some reason their lives were in 'perpetual danger'?
And a former STATE FIRE MARSHALL (do they spend a lot of time creating enemies with big time dangerous felons, other than maybe politicians?) he decides to get the permit so he can spend time on the range with fellow colleagues and didn't plan on carrying one personally?
I have two thoughts on these comments, either these guys decided to get these permits to retain their feelings of superiority over standard taxpayers and citizens because they somehow feel they are better equipped morally, or they are just full of SHIK and want to downplay their getting these permits so that citizens wouldn't feel that they were treated like they (WE) were second class because we didn't choose to become LEOs.
But this is my favorite quote - "The public is probably going to be safer for it as far as I'm concerned," he said. "I think the attorney general did the public a service by letting his retired officers carry."
I thought these guys were retired and no longer in service? Maybe they are now going to become traveling officers looking out for the well being of others. Starting by keeping a watch over the city of Madison, especially the area surrounding the campus where it's most dangerous. Ok, hold your laughter. My point is that the purpose for these FORMER officers (but fire marshall?) was that their lives were somehow in danger for all of the good they did when actually in service and made some dangerous enemies that required them to be able to protect themselves and their family.
So, in my opinion, the general public was done no more a service than to hire a boatload of officers just to patrol bars and highways on New Years Eve, where the easy stops are.
Just my opinion.
By the way, on a side note they need to quit protecting that lazy useless 911 operator in Madison. That would be more of a service to the public.