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Letter: Not the effect you hope for

Published: Friday, April 11, 2014 11:39 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:56 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

I have a question for the businesses putting up red slash no gun signs. What is your intent by doing this?

I assume it is primarily to keep guns out. I assure you there have been many people in your establishment that you didn’t know had a gun strapped on. You have shopped next to them at the grocery store, and they were pumping gas at the same time you and your family sat in the car. These people never cared about the law prohibiting this before, and a sign will have little effect on their behavior now.

Let me rephrase that. It will not have the effect you hope for. Those of us who are law abiding, will remove our gun before coming in, out of respect for your decision. But for those previously mentioned, the sign will be seen as a place where no defense from them is possible. The same people who entered unlawfully before will continue to carry illegally in your establishment. Remember, when you need help in seconds, the police are only minutes away.

It will be difficult to spend my time or money in a business where victimhood is advertised. It would seem that some rights are unalienable, but others can be trampled. I see this form of selective observance increasing in our country. All of our constitutionally granted rights need to be respected, or someday those you hold near and dear may be threatened.

Brian Maher

Geneva

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