Preventing Tragedy May Be As Simple as Posting the RIGHT SIGN

Jan Morgan

About the author: Jan is a nationally recognized 2nd Amendment Advocate/Speaker/ NRA Certified Firearms Instructor/ Associated Press Award winning investigative journalist/ Owner/Editor JanMorganMedia.com, Sr. Editor/Patriot Update/ Independent Constitutional Conservative. She is closely aligned with the Republican/ ... [read 's FULL BIO]

All of the mass shootings, including the one in Houston this morning, were in NO GUN ZONES…
History has proven that NO GUN zones are a ridiculous concept and complete failure. Criminals do not abide by the signs.

What the signs accomplish is publicize to criminals that this particular building is a place filled with defenseless people waiting to be victims of their next crime.

I refuse to enter gun free zones. They are forcing law abiding citizens to give up their right to self defense or become criminals by carrying concealed in spite of the signs. If all citizens would enter these gun free zones and inform the property owner that if they are not allowed to conceal carry as legally permitted by their CCL, then that property owner is financially responsible and liable for their lives should anything happen to them while on their property.
I also refuse to do business with businesses that deny me the right to conceal carry on their property. (C) 2013 JAN MORGAN


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  • Old Curmudgeon

    I, too refuse to patronize any business that posts signs prohibiting firearms, for 2 reasons:
    1. I do not want to be unarmed and unable to defend myself.
    2. They are just advertising the fact that an armed criminal (or criminals) can enter and do anything they want without resistance and I want to be somewhere else when it happens.
    Not only do I avoid these places, but I also let them know, either by phone or letter, the reason I don’t spend my money in their establishments.
    How many more mass killings in these “gun free zones” need to happen before the Left finally sees the pattern? Unfortunately, logic isn’t one of their strong suits.

    • BigDog1702

      Your so right about this and the people that I know that carry refuse to patronize any business that has a sign posted prohibiting firearms and I’ll go and give my business to someone else.

      • mariowen

        I always carry concealed. When we went to the state capitol (Texas), we were allowed to conceal carry on their premises. I think they have “got it”. They would much rather have a lot of citizens that are there with protection if some wacko nut-job decided to enter unwelcomed.

        • RedBubba

          Texas is the model in so many ways.

    • LeSellers

      Love me (or my money), love my gun.

      It works the other way, too.

      Mr. O’bama, will there ever be any Jobs?

    • Jaime Cancio

      They can post away all they want. It is not based in law and they cannot enforce it. Parricularly anyone legally carrying a CCW or Expose Permit to carry. When the permit is issued except where it is listed in actual law you can carry a firearm anywhere within the issuing state(s) and you don’t need the permission nor do you have to honor a business that post those signs especially in a public place where anyone can come. They reference only decisions of a personal choice and have no standing in law. I would like to see one of those business owners sued as they are infringing on individual rights of American citizens as provided all Americans citizens by the Bill of Rights, The Constitution and the Amendments. I would like to see the Aurora Theater sued precisely they had a no gun zone and because of that a situation that could have been avoided was allowed to happen. No guns zones are a form of discrimination and it is time people understood that.

  • Great article and it is the truth. I am a disabled vet but would gladly volunteer to be armed security for any of the local schools.

  • mariowen

    This is a no-brainer. Just take a look at Sweden and you will know that guns in the hands of responsible citizens deter crime. Instead of taking away guns, the government should provide every household with guns and training to use them responsibly. Then you will see a dramatic fall in crime. These pseudo-bullies who go around shooting because they know there is no one in the area that can be armed are taking advantage of innocent people. Let those same bullies see that they will be confronted with a bullet and they will think twice about their actions. It is only because the radical left wing doesn’t like guns that there is any resistance to arming every household and every citizen. I would guess most of the shooters and murderers out there might very well be classed as liberals who don’t take the constitution very much to heart. Hmmm. I think the left won’t try to arm people because it will show them up to be completely and totally wrong in their accusations and they can’t tolerate that.

    • FBA

      I think you mean Switzerland but your point is well taken.

  • Right to choose – caliber

    I would suggest that when you go to a movie theatre, you carry concealed, whether or not it is posted or allowed.

  • Rebel With A Cause

    Smith&Wesson..Don’t leave home without it!

    • BigDog1702

      Glock is my don’t leave home with out it

  • BigDog1702

    I carry concealed were ever I go now and when I ‘m out with friends they say they feel much safer knowing that I’m carrying and I feel better knowing that i can protect my family now.

    • I carry a small Walther myself…but I always feel safer when my husband or sons are with me, because they all carry a variety of firearms, they all are former military, and they are not afraid to do whatever it would take to protect the family. Too bad more folks are not willing to accept the responsibility for the safety of their own family as you do.

  • ArkOlGrumpy

    I, too, am a vet and would be glad to undergo whatever training they require and volunteer to serve to protect children in school. It should be pointed out, however, that, unless the law has changed since I had a Texas concealed carry permit, with certain exceptions taught during concealed carry courses, signs saying “No guns allowed” or with a picture of a gun with a line drawn diagonally through it are not sufficient to prevent a concealed carry permit holder from carrying a gun into that establishment in Texas. The statute prescribes (or used to) very specific language to keep permit holders from carrying concealed. Check out your statutes to see what they require. Don’t just rollover and assume their signs work.

    • PissedoffVet

      You are so right did just that they called the police and once they got there they took my gun at which point I told them that the sign is not posted correctly and it was in only one place here it has to be on every door to the building or it means nothing so they gave me back my gun and told the lady that she needed to read the law before calling them out. That company lost $45,000.00 that day when I canceled my order with them the owner’s came to my business that day asking me to come back as one of there customers I said only if she came here and made a public apologize to me in front of all my workers, For that amount of money they made her. Money talks so to say.

  • Eclark

    The only place i go unarmed is in the court house. I carry mine in a lot of places that dont want armed shoppers because i have to be there but i’m not going unarmed. If they ask me to leave i will.I just dont advertise.

  • “We don’t need the Second Amendment (which merely recognizes a right)
    when we have Psalm 149 (which charges us with a responsibility):

    the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword [or
    today’s equivalent] in their hand; to execute vengeance upon the
    heathen, and punishments upon the people; to bind their kings with chains,
    and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute upon them the
    judgment written: this honour have all his saints.Praise ye Yah.’ (Psalm

    “Implicit in this Psalm is that only the righteous are
    to be armed. However, since the Second Amendment was added to the Bill
    of Rights, the “right” to bear arms in defense of ourselves, our
    families, and neighbors has been incrementally taken away from the
    unrighteous and righteous alike. The Second Amendment has actually
    facilitated gun control, including gun-free zones such as Sandy Hook
    Elementary School:

    ‘All of our mass murders in the last 20 years
    have occurred in Gun Free Zones [even Fort Hood, Texas was, for the most
    part, a gun-free zone]…. Hopefully the Connecticut tragedy will be the
    tipping point after which a rising chorus of Americans will demand
    elimination of the Gun Free Zone laws that are in fact Criminal Safe
    Zones…. Gun Free Zones are a lethal insanity….’ (Larry Pratt, “They Have
    Blood on Their Hands,” 15 December 2012)

    “Better yet, may Yahweh use this tragedy to start a movement back to Him and His law for all society….”

    more, see blog article “Newtown’s Massacre, Today’s Cultural Abyss, and
    Gun-Free Zones.” Click on my name, then our website. Go to our Blog and
    scroll down to Article.

  • gsreagan

    After retirement, I would love to stand guard for America’s future. Being trained at a USMC base for FMF duty aboard US Naval vessels as a Hospital Corpsman “Doc”, we used M-14s, m-16s and m-60s, in addition to hand held weapons. I carried my fathers Colt 45 semi auto pistol while over seas. However, in Texas, the public and private schools are well protcted, already. So, there is no sweat with criminals and thugs. We have a healthy ratio of weapons per family.

  • Lloyd

    I have to agree with Jan. Good selection of signs. I don’t know if anyone has noticed, but it seems that gun crimes have increased since they started putting up the “gun free zone” or “no firearms” signs. Unfortunately, for some it is difficult to avoid some of these places. Not to mention some of the places I think we should boycot. It is very disconcerting to know that you are vulnerable. A couple of my jobs that I have had over the years required me to carry a firearm in a situation that was highly volatile, and believe me when I say that you get a very uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach when facing heavily armed persons with only a shotgun or pistol, let alone being completely unarmed. For me, there is no doubt that I would rather be armed to the teeth when everything hits the fan. Another thing that is unfortunate, is the way gun stores and the like are gouging their prices in an effort to make a lot of money off of a crisis. If anything, you would think they would want to drop the prices a little so that more like minded people with fewer resources could arm themselves. The more people who are armed, the harder it will be to for the feds to take pur arms, and the easier it will be for “we the people” to take our country back, and put us on the right track again. Strengnth in numbers as well as guns. Besides, for those of you who are following this practice, what good will that money be when the system collapses?
    On a final note, I would like to make a comment about a related subject that so many are worried about. Not all of the military will stand against us. There will be many that will join us. Who wants to possibly fire on some of their own kinfolks?

  • Stephen Ray Hale

    If there must be laws, here are the laws that should be had.
    First, there should be NO gun free zones.
    Because in the priority of listing the protections governments give to innocent LIFE, LIBERTY and POSSESSIONS, Property is at the last, thus NO private or property owner has the right to forbid a responsible citizen guest the right to carry their own concealed or holstered/unbrandished weapon of self defense, just like Jesus admonished Peter about putting the weapon He told them to sell their second coat to buy, in its place,
    Ergo, for that reason, only the one carrying the gun is responsible for any mayhem anywhere, his own or other public or private property.
    Property owners allowing their guests to carry are not liable for anyone carrying a weapon on their property.
    HOWEVER, if one insists to disarm the guest, then the burden is upon the property owner to provide a place to safely store the guest’s arms at the entrance of the property so as not to virtually disarm the guest from his own house to the private or public property forbidding carrying on premises, AND the property owner, public or private, is NOW responsible for the safety of anyone disarmed on his property and must have sufficient armed guards with like firepower of the guests or greater to protect all who are so disarmed on that private or public property.

  • Iconoclast2

    The “Powers that Be” couldn’t possibly be that stupid. Therefore, they must be doing it intentionally. Every time there is another shooting, they renew the cries for more “gun control”. They don’t want “gun control” to reduce crime; they want gun control to control the people. As history shows, unarmed people are much easier to control than armed ones. Before he rounded up the Jews, Adolf Hitler disarmed them. Today, we are all Jews!!!

  • mariowen

    I have only one revision I would make to the sign on the right. Strike out the word “children” and it would be better. I would protect anyone, child or adult.

  • And background checks, tax-paid psychiatry and neutering of guns are ‘their’ only solution? In the face of staggering numbers of violent murders along our border states (I live in Texas), the failed appeals of Arizona Gov., Jan Brewer for Constitutionally required assistance from our government against foreign threat led to SB1070. And what did this administration do? It SUED ITS OWN SOVEREIGN! More deaths than the combined Iraq and Afghan wars on civilians – right along our borders! – ended in our own leaders standing alongside Mexico’s president to chastise Americans wanting Rule of Law protection.
    Even though the Supreme Court decided in favor of 3 of the 4 issues Obama’s supporters railed against, Obama said it was a “misguided” law, a “shortcut that will merely inflame debate” instead of solving the problem. He said “The answer isn’t to undermine fundamental principles that define us as a nation.”.
    Yet he would subject ALL of us to undergo unwarranted background checks for such a miniscule portion of society that any of these Liberty-killing mandates wouln’t have helped in the first place!?

  • The spirit of the law (30.06) is concealment. I carry everywhere. Better judged by 12 than carried by 6.

  • Boycott all gun free zones.

  • patman

    I believe Feinstein, Boxer and Schumer need to give up the CCP’s they have before they try to convince me that we should not be allowed to own firearms! Why don’t we go back to raising children to be responsible adults instead of giving them everything they think they want and therefore feel that thay are entitled to whatever they want?

  • Arthur Kuchuk

    I don’t understand. Why to reinvent the wheel???
    I come from Israel and they have armed security in all their schools. It simply
    works. The person that wants to commit an act of terror will not go there
    because he will be dead in 3 seconds. I remember when my family immigrated to
    Israel and I went to school my first day, the principle introduced me to the
    class and one of the things that I remembered from that day is the fact that
    the principle had a pistol holstered on his hip.

  • crewdog

    There once was a man named Barack
    Who’s election came quite as a shock
    Raised the taxes I pay
    And turned Marriage Gay
    and now he coming after my Glock.