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Letter: Gun-free zones won’t make businesses safer

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From: Charles Eckert


Syndrome: The “wussification” of America.

Description: Among innumerable manifestations rests a strange liberal notion that emotions should not only trump reality but that intense personal feelings can actually accomplish such magic. You just have to believe.

Case in point: Mr. Thomason (June 8) posits that local businesses and other “public spaces” should post “weapon-free by default” signage, so that he and others would feel safer going about their ordinary lives.

Note: “Feeling” safe equals actually being safe?

Fact: By Indiana state statute, local firearms ordinance and regulations cannot bypass or supersede any Indiana state law on the issue of concealed carry, so that avenue is closed.

Fact: Public records indicate 557,789 state police firearms licenses currently issued in Indiana.

Fact: 5,517 men and 1,537 women hold concealed carry handgun permits in Columbus and Bartholomew County.

Fact: Any local business owner who voluntarily chose to post “weapons-free” policy signage would bring (as capitalism’s Founding Father Adam Smith said) “a most unnecessary attention to himself.” Not only contending with permanent loss of over 7,000 local permit-holding customers, as well as their family members, but also dealing with publicity generated by any number of the other 500,000-plus Indiana permit holders who may, from time to time, pass through Columbus as tourists. (Can you say Internet? Facebook? Twitter?) NRA? Gun Owners of America? United States Concealed Carry Association?

Conjecture: I’d also wager that the local criminal class would be most pleased to read such “gun-free” signage in order to learn (and spread the word by mouth, smartphone, iPad and Google Earth for God’s sake), which area businesses volunteer to become “easy pickings” as Mr. Thomason inexplicably broadcast via newspaper editorial page.

Conclusion: It’s no one else’s fault if someone voluntarily accepts “wussification.”

It’s no one else’s problem, either.

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