Below is a copy of a letter that I sent to the owner of a local restaurant chain after the owner posted a “NO GUNS OR WEAPONS” sign on the door. Notice the structure of the letter. I did not mention constitutional rights or the Second Amendment. I also did not challenge the owner’s right to make the rules on his own property. The focus is on the fact that the NO GUNS sign is an open invitation to violent criminals looking for an easy target therefore making his restaurant a dangerous place to eat. I have sent modified versions of this letter to other businesses including privately owned grocery and convenience stores.
As a regular ******** customer I was upset and disturbed when I went to lunch at the ******** location the other day and found a “NO GUNS” sign on the door announcing to the World that ********* is a soft target. That sign tells any potential mass murderer or armed robber that he will not encounter any armed resistance there from the law abiding public. At the time I was not carrying a side arm though I legally could, the point is that the bad guys don’t need to know that!
Every incident of a mass shooting that has happened over the last four decades, with only one single exception, have happened in gun free zones. In fact James Holmes who shot up the Aurora Colorado movie theater last year drove a number of miles passing up several other theaters on the way to the one theater that had a sign prohibiting personal weapons. Did he pass up the larger, closer theaters in order to find one where he could inflict the maximum amount of carnage without the risk of being stopped by someone in the crowd with a pistol?
In a more likely scenario, anyone contemplating armed robbery will not be deterred by a misdemeanor trespass charge which is all that carrying that a pistol into a posted business amounts to in Mississippi. A potential $100 fine will not stop someone determined to commit a crime that carries a ten year prison sentence. The fact that he might be shot dead by a customer will. Thieves are lazy by nature and will choose an easy target. If the competition down the road does not have a “NO GUNS” signs and your restaurant does, which store do you think an armed robber will chose? The one where the public is not allowed to be armed or the one where someone might be? That sign puts everyone at risk.
I doubt you would feel comfortable sleeping at night if your home had a sign posted out front boldly proclaiming it to be a gun free home. I feel the same way about eating in a place that advertises itself as an easy target for terrorists, armed robbers or madmen who wish to carry out a mass shooting. As much as I like eating at your restaurant, I must take my business somewhere safer where the bad people don’t know who might be armed.