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Gun-free zones ignore history’s tragic lessons

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

A friend of mine stopped at his favorite gas station the other day. He was greeted by a sign that stated, “No guns allowed.”

He asked the manager about the sign, and the manager replied that she didn’t want to allow guns in the store. My friend told her that he would no longer buy fuel from the store and left to find another “more Second Amendment friendly” place.

The manager appears to want to create a safe work environment, but she fails to see the lessons of history. The criminal will see the sign as an invitation. The business will look to be an easy, undefended target to be robbed or worse. After all, how often is a convenience store robbed?

The active shooters whom we read about too often will actively seek the “gun-free zone” as a target-rich environment without an ability to retaliate. My count is all but one incident of active shooters has been in a gun-free zone.

The only other reason I could see is that she suffers from “hoplophobia.” Hoplophobia is a neologism, originally coined to describe an irrational aversion to firearms, as opposed to justified apprehension about those who may wield them. It is sometimes used more generally to describe the “fear of guns” or the “fear of armed citizens.” I know of one person who is affected by this. 

We should all understand that the people who go through the effort to acquire a concealed-carry permit are not a hazard but an asset to us all. The wolves that prey on society are less likely to attack a person if they think there is someone who has the ability to bring lethal force to the conflict.

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