We need to start thinking like criminals, after all, they are the ones outsmarting us. The first mistake we make is assuming they think like us. Drop the assumption the other guy has compassion and humanity and see how much safer you become.
One of the biggest arguments in the gun world is the Right To Carry and the blocking of carry in business establishments. In most states, there is some form of signage disallowing a properly licensed or permitted carrier to bring their firearms inside their premises or on their property. In South Carolina, I rightfully refer to this sign as Diablo. On both sides of that posted door are people bickering that it either makes complete sense and it makes it a Safe Zone or those proclaiming their safety is being jeopardized because their carry is being infringed and denied. The bottom line is, one of you is right. Let’s take a look at how the backwards thought process creates Safe Zones.
Let’s first discuss how this sign will prevent a good guy from entering the business. Law abiding citizens (that’s what they are when they disarm or refuse to enter because your sign is up) have to decide if they will do as taught by the law and leave their self-defense tool in their car or at home so they can patron your business. They would not want to break the law, because that’s not what good guys do. They would disarm and enter empty handed and unprotected. Well, the first thing you can do is guess again! No law abiding citizen that truly believes they carry as a means of self-preservation will EVER disarm to write you a check. They will leave and take their business and their firearm elsewhere. Job well done Safe Zone! You have now prevented the law abiding citizen that took the time and money to become legally educated about firearms and proper carry from patronizing your business. This includes military and law enforcement and their families that carry. This same citizen has had the same background check as your local, state and federal law enforcement officials. They have never committed a felony or act of domestic violence. They are usually hobbyists and enthusiasts with their firearms and spend more time practicing, shooting and training than law enforcement as a whole. They are a minimal threat to anyone in your business or your community and they are banned by Safe Zone Gate Keepers.
Let’s now take a look at the other job the Safe Zone has done for themselves. They have already spoken to CWP holders and only CWP holders. The law abiding citizen is the only one that will respect your legal request. How often do criminals obey laws, like signs and legal carry? Wait, what? You think the convict that has a stolen gun is going to see that sign and say, “Damn! I guess I cannot go in there. I will have to leave my gun in the car.” The fact you argue that this sign makes it safe, means you ultimately believe this. Your faith in convicts is far greater than the average citizen with a lawfully owned firearm.
Ok, Safe Zone maker, let’s now look at who does come in your business. The guy that cannot buy a gun legally and carries anyway will come right in. The woman that is borrowing her boyfriend’s piece because she cannot pass the background check is sitting at your bar. The gang member that got his firearm off a fellow thug for $100 knows the sign cannot stop him. The dude that beats his wife up and finds her in your business and proceeds to come on in armed to get her did not see your sign, and if he did do you think he cared? Did I mention he has previous CDV convictions so he is not legally allowed to have a gun? He is the one over tipping your waitress with a grin.
What you have also accomplished was letting all the convicts know the good guys are somewhere else. That bulls-eye on your door says a lot about your customers. Don’t be foolish enough to think criminals do not take advantage of posted places. They can count on law abiding citizens doing the right thing and have reduced the chances of armed resistance in their attack. I have started a process to list the places that are carry friendly and those that label themselves as Safe Zones. www.facebook.com/cwpchick Be sure and watch for updates.
Unfortunately, the people with these bad raps do not have the same signs and warning labels as your Diablo does. They don’t wear shirts that announce they are convicts and have a gun anyway. The “Wanted” posters are not tattooed on their foreheads. They look like everyone else, so you think everyone is disarmed and your business is a Safe Zone because you said so! No one can shoot anyone, or stab, or choke, or beat, or….you get the picture. Well, guess again. The only fool in the room is you.
What do you do when your Safe Zone becomes a Crime Zone (same thing)? Who is there to defend you? Are you going to pray there is a police officer inside because he has a GUN? No one else does so in case that officer is not there, and you have called 911, how many people will die while you wait?
Those who do not even give a thought to what the sign means or brings do not deserve your business. Many will read things like this or have a chat with you and it gives them something to research and think about. Those that even give it a second thought that there may be something to that sign being gone are rare. Most people who are anti-gun know absolutely nothing about them or their function in society. Those that do take the opportunity to become educated are a minority.
Most people that think the sign is an armed force that makes them bulletproof will never open their mind to the consequences of their uninformed beliefs. These are the minions that do not deserve your body guard services free of charge or your hard earned money. Next time you see a Safe Zone, be sure and ask the owner if they provide seeds to feed the unicorns while you wait.