On January 1, 2014, Illinois finally caught up with the rest of America and passed concealed carry legislation.
Under compliance with that new law (House Bill 0183), schools, churches, government agencies and liquor stores statewide will be posting 4-by-6-inch stickers like the one above to remind the public (in particular, those with concealed carry permits) that there are limits on where a gun can be carried.
But school officials in Illinois find the picture above too disturbing to post on school doors and windows.
Tinley Park High School Principal Theresa Nolan is one of the school officials who shared her feelings about the signs:
“One of my biggest concerns as a principal is safety and security. It is bothersome to have to post a sticker of a gun that says, ‘Hey, folks, leave your guns at home.’
“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. I have no knowledge of guns ever being in this building.
“I would have appreciated something more subtle, yet still recognizable — a logo, perhaps, not a gun.
“You can’t look at this (sticker) and not think about Sandy Hook.”
Tinley Park Associate Principal Randy Couwenhoven chimed in:
“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. It is a reminder to this particular audience, an audience that should already know this.”
Perhaps concealed carry license holders aren’t the ones school officials should be worried about. In fact, maybe school officials in Illinois should be disappointed that their state did not join the 18+ others that DO allow teachers and other adults to carry loaded guns on school grounds. After all, concealed carry permit holders DO often save lives.
Last December, an armed deputy sheriff stopped a shooter at Arapahoe High School in Colorado. As soon as the heavily-armed shooter saw an armed officer approaching him, he fatally shot himself.
Armed citizens often save lives, but the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know about that. It often happens in places like convenience stores, which usually have “no guns” signs on their doors. Convenience stores are common robbery targets, so we see how well those signs are working for them.
Perhaps those school officials should be afraid of the no-gun signs for that reason – because such signs let criminals know which places are easy targets.
District 123 Supt. Paul Enderle said of the signs:
“It is not necessarily something you’d want on a school building. But it correlates with the law, and I think if it ultimately helps to keep schools safe, that’s the objective.”
Yes, having those signs on a school building isn’t ideal, but probably not for the reasons Enderle has in mind. And the idea that the signs may keep schools safe is nonsensical. Since when do criminals follow laws, anyway? Surely a “no guns” sign is going to make a would-be shooter stop in their tracks and rethink the mass murder they were planning to carry out!
This sign more accurately depicts what the “no gun” sticker means, especially to a would-be mass shooter:
Supt. John Byrne of Community High School District 218 said the sticker is “abrupt when you first see it.”
Here’s what Byrne told the Southtown Star about the signs:
The image can be frightening, Byrne said, “but if it keeps the world safer, that’s OK. The No. 1 thing we do for kids in general is keep their school safe. We don’t want schools to become like airports but we should make some reasonable efforts. If it’s reasonable to tell people this is a safe, no-gun zone, then we’ll do it.”
In some ways, he said, “it is a sad editorial on humanity” that people need to be reminded that weapons are not allowed in schools.
Being afraid of a sign defies logic.
These are the people who are in charge of educating our children.
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