Both the Journal Sentinel and TMJ4 have done stories recently focusing on the open-carry issue with regard to the Gonzalez cases (both the shooting and the federal lawsuit he filed)
In both instances, Judge Lynn Adelman's comments in his decision (that open-carry is almost certain to alarm people, almost certain that people will call police, and that: "Many employees and shoppers are likely to think that the person with the gun is either deranged or about to commit a felony or both." Have been quoted by the media.
Jeff Wagner of AM 620 has also allocated segments of his program to discussion of open-carry and he also makes statements that he thinks "most people" would be alarmed if they saw someone open-carrying.
The Journal Sentinel, AM620, and WTMJ Ch 4 are all owned by Journal Communications.
As media seems to want to make open-carry an issue in these cases, they should have an obligation to show a true representation of the reality of open-carry in Wisconsin and the open-carry movement.
We know that 1000's of mothers and fathers, blue-collar and white-collar, old and young, and everyone in between choose to open-carry on a daily basis in Wisconsin. We know the majority of those people are not making a point, testing a law, or engaging ANY other motivation than just personal protection.
Please take the opportunity to send a polite email, postal mail, or call Steve Wexler, Executive Vice-President of Television and Radio operations for Journal Communications and ask that they include in their "sensational" coverage about open-carry a more realistic and factual representation of the real open-carry movement and the real motivations of open-carriers.
Steve Wexler, General Manager - WTMJ-TV
720 East Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone: (414) 332-9611, Fax: (414) 967-5255
Chairman/President - Wisconsin Carry, Inc.
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Thank you for the heads up. Just sent an e-mail to explain how fed up I am with all the lies and half trues we receive from our media everyday. They shouldhold themselvesto higher standards.
"To sin by silence, when we should protest makes cowards out of men."
Ella Wheeler Cox
We must contact our lawmakers today, tomorrow and the next day to remind them of Constitutional Carry.
Laws are not written because of the actions of many, they are wrtiten because of the inactions of many.
I sent an email as well. I will intently hold my breath for a response.