Gun bans

After reading Socially Acceptable Bigotry, I started to think. And a couple episodes lately really brought home my feelings on the matter. So here’s one of those “rants from Dave” that most people won’t read.

I went to my bank on Monday, and discovered they have a large sign saying that they ban guns on the premises. I didn’t say anything about it at the time, thinking that it goes hand-in-hand with their please remove sunglasses, hoods, etc warning, but I rankled at it a bit. Now I think I’m going to have to have a conversation with the bank president about their policy.

___ Bans Guns
“We Don’t Trust You”

Tuesday, I went out to the company where I’m contracting, and there was a poster, like that on the right displayed by the back door to the company. The manager I work for saw it and laughed, and then made a comment about [expletive] Republicans, apparently because he’s not in favor of the new concealed-carry law in Minnesota. I replied with something about that being offensive to some people, thinking back to the article. He said that was why he’d said it softly, and I told him that Well, I’m a republican and own guns. After he finished his double-take, he asked me if I was serious, and I had to tell him that no, I’m not really a republican, but I think they’re a bunch of left-leaning pansies who are just as much in favor of big government as the Democrats.

In both cases, the issue isn’t so much whether the people involved are going to allow me to carry a concealed firearm into their business, but rather the fact that they don’t trust me to carry a concealed firearm into their business. It’s like L. Neil Smith says in his essay Why Did it Have to be … Guns? : If he doesn’t want you to have the means of defending your life, do you want him in a position to control it? That was written about politicians, but it applies here, too.

If you don’t want to trust me to carry a concealed firearm into your place of business, that’s your right. But think about the equation. You’ve trusted me when I arrived carrying a bike-lock, a tire-pump, or a sock full of quarters, and given my size and strength, I could kill someone just as dead with any of those implements as with a gun if I were so inclined. On the other hand, if you don’t want me carrying a gun, I can’t reach across the room to stop someone who might enter intent on creating mayhem.

I dunno. It seems misguided to me. But then again, I think the Republicans are a bunch of left-leaning pansies, so what do I know?

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:08:53.