Former County Supervisor Todd Juvinall’s blog is the “Pakistan” in the local blogosphere — it harbors trolls who post ugly, nasty comments under “anonymous.” They are too cowardly to identify themselves, and Todd protects their identity.
This week one of them — who is too dumb and egotistical to know that his writing style, word choice and grammar/spelling errors always gives up his identity — wrote: “Chip Wilder the ranting lefty loon had a letter to the editor in the Union today. Chip rants about wanting the Union to do a investigative story about carry concealed weapon permits in Nevada County and how the process works.
“Here’s the Nevada County basics for Chip. Nevada County has a population of 98,877, the adult population is 71,158. Nevada County is 957.6 square miles in size. Nevada County has 967 CCW permits issued and in effect. This is a relative low number of CCW permits per person when compared to other counties.” The troll implied that this information was online. Then Todd dismissed Chip as an “idoit,” along with me because Chip posts comments here (under his real name).
After reading this dribble, I sent an email over to the Sheriff’s office. It began: “Hi Keith, This is a post on Todd Juvinall’s hateful blog. Is this CCW information available online? How did this person get it? I notice the post is ‘anonymous.'”
The response from the Sheriff’s office: “We do have CCW info on our webpage regarding applying for the permit. The #’s of permit holders is not online though. I don’t know how he got his information. .. . We have 1404 valid CCW permit holders in the county. We issue CCW’s for the cities as well as the County.”
Troll is way off base with his CCW number — it’s much higher
So the real idiot turned out to be Todd and his troll. Todd published more “fake news.” The difference between 1,404 (the real number) and 967 (the ignorant troll’s number) is a whopping 437 permits. The troll is way off percentage-wise and as an absolute number!
And using his population data, which the Sheriff’s office said looks “fairly accurate,” that’s 1,404 permits with an adult population of 71,158. If you do the math, that’s one permit for every 50 adults. And keep this in mind: “In order for inclusion on a CCW license in Nevada County, a weapon must be a revolver or semi-automatic pistol no smaller than .32 caliber and no larger than .45 caliber. No more than 3 (three) weapons shall be listed on the CCW license.” Yes, up to three weapons per permit!
The Sacramento Bee’s recent front page report titled “Concealed gun permits soar in Sacramento County,” concluded: “About one out of every 135 adults in Sacramento County now has a license to carry. It added: “In El Dorado County, about one in every 60 adults now has a concealed carry permit.”
In his letter, Chip wrote: “I have read that in the Sacramento Bee that the sheriff down there has issued more than 8,000 concealed weapons permits. Does The Union ever plan a story to see how many concealed weapons permits our sheriff has seen fit to issue in our county? What are the parameters for getting a permit to carry a loaded gun around? Does he do a background check? Is there a records check to see if they have a criminal record? What’s the waiting period?”
Chip is right! The Union needs to investigate this.