I am always a bit puzzled when I walk towards the front door of a business and there on the door I see that little sign stuck to the window stating that this establishment does not allow guns inside their premises (even legally carried firearms). The reason these proprietors have posted these signs really comes down to two things: 1.) they are listening too much to their lawyers who think that if an act involving a firearm should occur inside their business, and if they didn’t have that sign, they would be condoning this act of violence, or 2.) they don’t like guns and don’t want them in their businesses.
I saw these signs pop up everywhere in Ohio in early 2000 when concealed carry became legal. That was almost 10 years ago and to date I cannot think of one incident where a legal CCW citizen has caused any issues in my state, or gone on a mass shooting spree. In fact, when we look at the past year’s mass shootings they have all occurred in gun-free zones (Aurora, Sandy Hook, and the Navy Yard). Gun-free zones clearly don’t work. They work about as well as a condom ad posted in an abortion clinic. I would like to see the statistics where a criminal was deterred when they saw a “No Firearms” sign. So what can you do when you see that sign?
1. Don’t do business there. In fact, call the business and ask to speak with the owner/manager. When they get on the phone tell them you wanted to come into their establishment, but that you were turned away at the door. When they ask why tell them that as long as that sign hangs in their window that they won’t see any of you or your fellow legal CCW friends/families business. It’s just a matter of safety for our friends/families.
2. Carry anyway. Most of us won’t do this, since we are law-abiding citizens. However, if you feel that there is a need to conceal carry and you are willing to accept the consequences if you need to protect yourself, that is a judgement call you will have to make.
3. Carry a flashlight. There are times I’ve tried #1 and I am not willing to do #2 (since I do not feel my life is in imminent danger that day, or there is no way you could possibly carry a firearm, ex. an airport), so I carry a flashlight. Not a giant, honking aluminum flashlight, just a little black one. It is 500 lumens though (that means it’s really really bright). So why do I carry a flashlight when I can’t carry a gun? If you’re dumb enough to test it, point a 500 lumen flashlight at your eyes and turn it on (I don’t encourage you to do this). You’ll see stars and every time you blink after seeing that bright light you’ll see big black dots for a long time afterwards. This little device could save your life. If someone who is bent on a mass shooting spree decides to make you a victim, and you do not have a firearm to protect yourself, a bright burst to their retinas from your flashlight may give you enough time to disarm, or evade, the attacker(s).
4. Know your Islamic history. After the Kenyan Mall Shooting it became apparent that the murders in the mall let Muslims go free after a brief Q&A, while the others died/were taken hostage. I say #4 sort of joking, but also very seriously. I don’t see radical Islam going away as a threat to Americans/the world. I am not saying all Muslims are bad people, but you should educate yourself and know what the radical factions of Muslims believe and how they might view you.
Something to consider.
Mr. Ags writes for Joe for America and welcomes your feedback: @blackswampradio & firstname.lastname@example.org
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