June 22, 2016
Dear Commissioner Chapman,
Since we’ve never met, please allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Lee Williams. I’m the senior investigative reporter at the Herald-Tribune. I also operate a few gun-related websites, supported by my newspaper, which some of your constituents find of interest.
I reported on the public comments.
I reported on the back-and-forth among the commissioners.
And then I heard your comments: “Up until Orlando, the mass killings were done mostly by what we call white Americans. Many of whom, kind of — the scary type — was here tonight, frankly.”
This, ma’am, is the most classless statement I’ve ever heard come out of the mouth of an elected official.
You see, I know many of the good folks who took time off to attend your meeting, which they saw as their civic duty.
They’re good people.
Many, like myself, are veterans, who took an oath to defend our constitution and our country — even those who consider us “scary.”
To imply in any way that we’re capable of a “mass killing” is the height of ignorance and stupidity.
Quite frankly Commissioner, you should be ashamed, and you should have known better.
In my humble opinion, I believe you owe all of the attendees a public apology — especially the vets.
I, however, am not asking for one personally.
My father taught me years ago that if someone says something offensive, I should just “consider the source.”
That in mind, ma’am, there’s nothing you could ever say that would offend me.