Regardless of whether you are for or against gun control, we live in a sometimes dangerous world. Hence, putting up signs saying we are unarmed and defenseless, which is what you are in effect doing when you proudly proclaim you are in a “gun free zone”, doesn’t make sense to me. I mean, who would think that disarming yourself and then loudly proclaiming to the world that you are defenseless will lead to anything other than becoming prey to those who see you only as an easy target? What bizarre universe do these people live in? I’ve used this analogy before but it fits well here: proclaiming a gun free zone, without actually having a way to enforce it, is like feeding meat to a lion in the hopes that it will become a vegetarian.
That said, I’m not saying there shouldn’t be some controls over who can legally obtain weapons. But creating gun free zones when, under the circumstances, there isn’t a reasonable way to actually do so, flies in the face of common sense.
Anyway, although I don’t agree with everything this Chicago Sun-Times columnist says, the paragraph quoted below hits the mark:
I live in northern New England, which has a very low crime rate, in part because it has a high rate of gun ownership. We do have the occasional murder, however. A few years back, a couple of alienated loser teens from a small Vermont town decided they were going to kill somebody, steal his ATM cards, and go to Australia. So they went to a remote house in the woods a couple of towns away, knocked on the door, and said their car had broken down. The guy thought their story smelled funny so he picked up his Glock and told ’em to get lost. So they concocted a better story, and pretended to be students doing an environmental survey. Unfortunately, the next old coot in the woods was sick of environmentalists and chased ’em away. Eventually they figured they could spend months knocking on doors in rural Vermont and New Hampshire and seeing nothing for their pains but cranky guys in plaid leveling both barrels through the screen door. So even these idiots worked it out: Where’s the nearest place around here where you’re most likely to encounter gullible defenseless types who have foresworn all means of resistance? Answer: Dartmouth College. So they drove over the Connecticut River, rang the doorbell, and brutally murdered a couple of well-meaning liberal professors. Two depraved misfits of crushing stupidity (to judge from their diaries) had nevertheless identified precisely the easiest murder victims in the twin-state area. To promote vulnerability as a moral virtue is not merely foolish. Like the new Yale props department policy, it signals to everyone that you’re not in the real world.