I visit the local ABC store here in Virginia on almost a weekly basis for wholesale purchases for my employer. I am intrigued by the no handgun sign posted on the door and have been tempted to ask the employee who waits on me if that sign means they never have to be worried about an armed robbery. If that’s the case, then all convenience stores and banks need to put these signs on their doors. As a matter of fact, the Bank of America that is located about a mile from me should put one on their door since they have been robbed twice in the last two years. Of course they know that this wouldn’t work and therefore on occasion have an armed security guard standing outside the bank, a much better deterrent to would be robbers.
However if one was to think rationally, it is obvious that criminals really don’t care about gun free zones, in fact they feel safer. To be truthful it boggles my mind that people think that signs and laws banning firearms in areas such as stores, places of worship, movie theaters and schools will prevent someone with bad intentions from committing crimes or atrocities in these locations.
To many times we see mass shootings in gun free zones and yet the typical response is for more laws even though multiple laws were already broken. But according to the gun grabbing crowd new laws are the answer. The whole logic behind restricting law-abiding citizens from purchasing the firearms and accessories that they feel they need for proper protection of themselves and their loved ones is completely absurd. This kind of irrational thought just puts more people in danger.
As someone who lawfully carries concealed I do obey these signs and laws but I do feel it puts me in greater danger. I am a responsible citizen and gun owner who practices with my firearms on an almost weekly basis. I would hope that if ever needed I would be able to stop a bad guy, but if I happen to be in a gun free zone I will be doing what everyone else is doing and hope the police arrive in time.
I believe that carrying a concealed weapon is like wearing a seat belt, it’s there if I need it but I hope to never have to use it.