For the life of me, I can’t figure out why any business would post a “gun-free zone” sign at their entrance. Recently, I went into a store here in Georgia, and there was a sign next to the door that proudly proclaimed that they didn’t allow any guns on their premises. I felt a slight tinge of fear as I walked in. I didn’t have a gun with me, and I knew if a robber or murderer wanted to commit a crime, he’d look for the gun-free zone signs. And if I were in that store while the criminal was there ordering people around with his gun, we’d all be sitting ducks. I know, I know. I shouldn’t have even walked in. Next time, I’ll remember that. We shouldn’t patronize businesses that attempt to overrule the 2nd Amendment. And I would at least want a fighting chance if some criminal decided to try something stupid in a store I was in.
The Seattle mayor Mike McGinn is encouraging local businesses there to post gun-free zone signs as a way to deter criminals…or, something. In a press release, he said:
“We are here to support businesses that do not wish to have guns on their premises. The police department regularly enforces trespass laws when a visitor to a business violates that business’s rules. We will continue to do so, and I thank these businesses for standing up for the safety of their customers.”
The “safety of their customers?!” Are you kidding? More like, the safety of criminals. “I thank these businesses for standing up for the safety of criminals.” That’s what he meant to say, because that’s all they’re doing by posting these signs at their businesses. They’re telling criminals, “Hey, if you want to commit armed robbery or murder, please come in our store, and no one will be allowed to defend themselves against you.”
The Mayor is working with a gun control group called Washington CeaseFire. The president of that group remarked:
“We’re making a statement as a community. We know this won’t stop someone determined to cause violence, but we hope that standing together and giving businesses a tool to say no to guns will change the conversation around gun violence. Maybe our message will even make it to Olympia – we need better tools now to stop gun violence in our community.”
Yeah, you’re really making a statement, aren’t you? That you’re idiots. And what’s this talk about “changing the conversation around gun violence?” What good is that going to do? What does that even mean?
Proponents cite a recent slew of “gun violence” at local businesses in the area as reason for this “gun-free zone” sign campaign. If there are bouts of criminal incidents, then maybe the employees should be allowed to pack heat. Perhaps they should welcome concealed carriers, not turn them away.
About 28 businesses have already signed up to “make a statement” against “gun violence” by posting these advertisements for criminals. On the bright side, at least these signs make it easy to determine which businesses to boycott. So if you’re in the area, don’t give them your business. Don’t even walk in.