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No Guns Allowed Manifesto
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Pete and Judie blog about current events, politics, education, the economy, and other issues relevant to life in Butler County. We explore issues from diverse viewpoints, synthesizing essential information and resources to assist readers in forming their own opinions. Readers are encouraged to contribute to the discussions initiated in our blog by posting comments.

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Note: This is the second in a series of occasional blog postings about firearms.

I support and respect gun owners right to own guns.

     • I don’t support their right to bring guns into my home.

     • Especially when my grandchildren are with me.

I support and respect people who use their guns for hunting, target practice, or a hobby.

    • But studies show that only 60% of gun owners practice good gun safety.

     • I’m not comfortable with my grandchildren playing with friends in a home without knowing if they are gun owners and practice good gun safety.

     • See: What parents should know about guns.

I don’t like going into Braum’s or the local movie theater and seeing a gun strapped to the hip of the customer in front of me.

     • It doesn’t make me feel any safer.

     • In fact, I feel less safe.

I don’t know whether that person:

   • Has passed a background check

   • Has taken and passed a concealed carry class.

   • Is recently under a great deal of mental and emotional stress.

   • Has developed symptoms of an active mental illness since passing a background check.

   • Is under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or prescriptions that affect cognition.

   • Practices good gun safety.

   • Is trigger happy and might start shooting someone in the mistaken belief that person is a danger.

We have a well-armed militia to protect us.

     • Trained law enforcement officers who have ongoing oversight of their psychological state and weapon competencies.

     • That includes local police departments, sheriff offices , state troopers, the army reserves, etc.

I understand that for some people carrying a gun helps them to psychologically feel stronger, tougher, and safer. Just as a cool sports car gives you a rush. Similar to wearing a uniform or other badge of power.

It doesn’t help me to feel safer. It’s scarier than ever to be out in public and in public places.

I believe that every private and public building has a right to post No Guns Allowed signs on their premises.

     • Homes, churches, museums, hospitals, schools, restaurants, drug stores, etc.

     • That includes Braum’s and the movie theaters.

Our government protects me from second-hand smoke in those venues.

     • I want it to protect me against guns and gun violence, too.

Resources:

Accidental Firearms Fact Sheet, National Center for Child Death Review

Guns in the Family: Firearm Storage Patterns in U.S. Homes with Children

• Gun Safety for Kids and Youth

Gun Safety: Keeping Children Safe

No Smoking Allowed signs can be purchased or downloaded for free on the internet, including at : www.mydoorsign.com

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