Beating A Dead Horse

I saw this here first.  Since then, several people have commented about it.  Basically, it is a story about some female who is offended that a local grocer will not prohibit carrying firearms in the store.  The money quote:

“I don’t want to be in a place where people are packing a lot of guns. I don’t want the possibility of bullets whizzing past my head.”

Can we agree on a few things, pretty please?  (If you disagree, please feel free to present contradictory evidence.)

  1. Guns don’t go off by themselves, so the mere presence of a firearm is not, in and of itself, a danger to anyone.
  2. There are already laws or ordinances in every jurisdiction that prohibit the indiscriminate firing of guns causing the feared scenario described above.
  3. Those who would violate #2 above, or intentionally cause fear or injury are already, by definition, criminals.
  4. Criminals will not be deterred in the least by a store policy that is absolutely unenforceable beyond simple trespass if they are already prepared to violate much more serious laws.

Do you, Ms. Fullington, truly believe that everyone, from the idiot waving his gun around, scaring the shit out of everyone, all the way up to a mass murderer bent on mayhem will suddenly have a change of heart when he or she sees one of these:


Somehow, I don’t think so.  As is so often the case, this is all about feelings.  Feeling safe.  And we know how well that has worked out in the past. Feelings ≠ reality.

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2 Responses to Beating A Dead Horse

  1. bandit915 says:

    Is it ok then for me to be offended by company’s/stores that post “Gun Free Zone” shit on their doors? POOP, People Offended by Offended People!

    • alaskan454 says:

      Of course, it is absolutely ok for you to be offended by such things. 🙂 In fact, I am so offended that I take it to the next level. I don’t insist on a policy change. I do something really radical. I take my money and spend it somewhere else.

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