This is one of those stories that has to make you shake your head and say, “Are you kidding me?” We all know how anti-gun Chicago is, but after recent concealed carry laws passed in Illinois there are still some places where guns cannot be carried.
Now, schools, churches, liquor stores, and government agency buildings must post signs on their properties stating that no guns are allowed at these locations. But there is a problem. Anti-gun Chicago school officials are troubled by the signs because they contain the outline of a gun.
According to the Daily Caller,
Some school officials aren’t happy about the stickers because they contain a very basic image of a gun.
“It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a gun that says, ‘Hey, folks, leave your guns at home,’” Theresa Nolan, principal of Tinley Park High School, told the SouthtownStar.
Nolan stressed that she is very concerned with “safety and security” and concerned that, somehow, someone could wrongly interpret an image of a gun emblazoned with the universal sign for prohibiting something.
“I think the general public will be alarmed by it and wonder if people have been allowed to bring guns to school in the past,” Nolan also fretted.
She said she would prefer “something more subtle.”
“You can’t look at this (sticker) and not think about Sandy Hook,” the principal added.
Sandy Hook is, of course, a reference to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20-year-old Adam Lanza massacred 20 young children and six adults.
Randy Couwenhoven, an associate principal at Tinley Park High, agreed.
“The intent of the stickers is to inform those with a concealed-carry license that they are not allowed to bring a gun into this location,” told the local paper. “It is a reminder to this particular audience, an audience that should already know this.”
Administrators at other Chicago-area schools take a different view.
“It is not necessarily something you’d want on a school building,” said Paul Enderle, a superintendent in Oak Lawn. “But it correlates with the law, and I think if it ultimately helps to keep schools safe, that’s the objective.
So it looks like we have something in common with school officials in Chicago. We both don’t like signs that ban guns. We just have different reasons. Anti-gunners don’t like the signs because they feel even the mere image of a gun will taint the imaginations of school children. WE don’t like the signs because it broadcasts a gun-free zone that has historically been a target for mass shooters. To borrow a phrase from Mr. Obama: Let’s be clear. Gun free zones do NOT make citizens safer.
This whole thing looks more like another move to demonize gun owners and make the public overly sensitive to the sight of a gun. But with Illinois residents finally allowed to carry their firearms, anti-gunners should be thankful that law abiding citizens are willing to put their lives on the line even while their state fights their constitutional rights.
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