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Ban Firearms Lose Our Business

Hostile Businesses Lose Firearm Owning Customers
Hostile Businesses Lose Firearm Owning Customers
We are within a month of having Illinois residents that have obtained permits legally carry concealed firearms in Illinois. The law provides that in addition to certain enumerated prohibited locations, businesses that post a sign of proper sign [see below] may prohibit individuals from bringing a concealed firearm into their business. There are some groups advocating the signs....which are a sure way to leave employees and customers unprotected. It is estimated that 10-15% of Illinois residents LEGALLY able to acquire the permits are going to do so. Businesses that choose to post the signs need to be aware that those of us with the permits intend to ACTIVELY BOYCOTT and not patronize any business that posts a sign prohibiting firearms. There are even phone apps available that will track non-firearm friendly businesses. People have the right to make a choice on this and many of us won't spend our money with a business that doesn't respect our constitutional rights.
Oliver P. McCracken February 07, 2014 at 01:31 PM
As I used to kid my old friend Dick Gatling when he was dragging that behemoth of a rotating cannon of his around in order to impress the ladyfolk, those who feel the need to constantly let others know they are armed are often compensating for the lack of a bulge elsewhere.
Jordan S. Zoot February 07, 2014 at 02:24 PM
The line is funny...but not the least bit relevant. By definition, concealed carry is just that concealed so you don't know its there. In the alternative...if they decide to put a potato in their shorts make sure they put it in the front otherwise they merely look like they took a dump.
Oliver P. McCracken February 07, 2014 at 03:43 PM
I wasn't arguing against the carrying of weapons. I was merely questioning the effectiveness and adequacy of those who always seem to be up in arms about it (pun intended). Hotheads, the lot of them, are not the type I wish to have fumbling and bumbling the status symbols they've now secreted upon their person in a tense and stressful moment. Owning a gun and even being a proficient marksman in a controlled environment are very different than being a foul-tempered firebrand who is expected to cleanly draw his weapon, control his own emotions and physiology, assess the situation, and then use said weapon on another human being -- without injuring any other human beings -- in a split second during the most important and unnerving moment of his (or her...yes, in more libertine days, old Ollie McC had a dalliance with Miss Annie Oakley!) life.
Jordan S. Zoot February 07, 2014 at 04:17 PM
While it wasn't the topic of this thread....I am an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and I teach the Illinois CCL course. If there is one clear statement on the topic that would be "There is NO SUCH THING as too much training and practice.
Oliver P. McCracken February 07, 2014 at 05:00 PM
What you're saying now is sensible, sir. But having such sense, you of all people should know what a bad idea it is to let most folks carry a weapon. Your argument against this might be that only those certified and vetted can legally do so. But what about those that do NOT earn Dr. Zoot's gold star of gun-worthiness? To use the argument so many gun advocates use (that criminals aren't going to obey the laws, and will arm themselves anyway), are those who do not qualify for conceal carry just going to drop the subject and go return their gun for a refund? No. Now we'll just have angry and resentful people carrying guns on top of the criminals carrying guns and the hotheads who somehow passed your class carrying guns and the Skokie Police not worrying about carrying guns anymore, so long as there's a cement bench that'll do the trick... Great! We've solved the problem. MORE people with guns! You, of all people, who knows the responsibility required when handling a weapon, of the need for training and practice, are advocating that we allow MORE people to have them? In the modern world, where shortcuts are the norm and immediacy is expected and everyone is so darned entitled?

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