Gun Control Advocates Going Overboard [OPINION]
Over the past few months we heard numerous stories about guns and gun control that just don't make sense. A story out of Illinois show how ludicrous things have gotten.
A recently passed law in Illinois requires schools, churches, government agencies and liquor stores to display four by six inch stickers telling gun owners they cannot bring weapons into these 'gun free' zones. First let me say I am totally opposed to posting signs of this type especially at schools. Why tell those who would harm children that nobody at the school will be able to stop them because law abiding citizens won't have weapons?
So putting up the stickers in the first place rubs me the wrong way but a statement from Tinley Park High School Principal Theresa Nolan told the Southtown Star.
“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.".
The principal also suggested that a more “subtle” image be used, rather than a gun. Perhaps a “logo,” she said.
She wants to post a sign forbidding something but doesn't want to show people what they are forbidden to bring onto school property? How strange is that?
Here's another strange statement from Community High School District 218 Superintendent John Byrne. He said,
The image of the gun can be frightening, but added that he supports the initiative if it “keeps the world safer.” Again...what?
Do these people think children will be frightened by a four by six inch sticker depicting a gun silhouette on a white background? The sticker has a red circle round it with a slash through the gun silhouette that most people would assume meant 'no guns allowed'.
These people sound like the same whack jobs who suspended a child for biting a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun.
I strongly believe we need to do away with 'gun free zone' signs and put up signs that tell criminals intent on carnage that some members of the faculty and staff have been trained to use various weapons. These same faculty and staff members will not be identified so criminals will have to take their chances when they enter the premises. Will it be the janitor bent over a mop bucket that will take them out or will it be the little grey haired English teacher?
Give them something to worry about instead of making the kids and teachers worry about somebody shooting up the place.