Fighting back against concealed-carry laws
On my trip to Minnesota, nobody warned me that I was entering a concealed-carry state. True, my last trip to the 10,000 Lakes state was a long time ago. But I had no idea of the law until I started seeing signs that fit a pattern.
This was the first sign that I saw — Minneapolis Farmers Market on Lyndale:
Turns out that if you have a permit, you can carry a concealed weapon anywhere (schools and eventually churches excepted). And in order to avoid having guns in your establishment, you must post a sign.
The most extreme of those signs was in front of the Supreme Court room in the state Capitol in St. Paul.
State Supreme Court justices having to rely on people observing a sign that is off to the side. Hopefully, state Supreme Court Associate Justice Alan Page can tackle the gunman before anybody gets hurt (Page is a former NFL defensive tackle with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears).
Now, in Wisconsin, a state I visit way more often than Minnesota, you can bring a gun into the state Capitol in Madison. But you still can’t bring a camera. You wouldn’t be reading this column without a camera. Might skip the Capitol on my next visit to Madison.
If enough buildings have these signs, then the law is profoundly silly. Then again, what are the chances of too many signs outside Minneapolis or St. Paul? And would a sign prevent someone who wanted to do damage that would be armed?
Society would be better off if establishments had to post signs to ALLOW guns in their buildings. Put the impetus on those businesses.
Here are some of the other places of business that are smart enough not to want to have guns in their establishments.
— Baseball team
— The famous Guthrie Theater
and, of course, the Mall of America.