Never Leave Your Cave Without Your Club

By Mark Walters

No Guns Allowed
Carry on, carry often, carry absolutely everywhere. Never leave your cave without your club. Never find yourself in a gun free zone.”
Mark Walters
Mark Walters

USA – -( Over the years I have closed out every single hour of Armed American Radio with the phrase, “Carry on, carry often, carry absolutely everywhere. Never leave your cave without your club. Never find yourself in a gun free zone.”

From time to time, I’ve added, “No self-respecting caveman would ever leave his cave without his club.” When you hear that, or read it, what comes to your mind?

I ask because I wish I had a dollar for every email I’ve received over the years asking if I’m secretly telling people to violate the law or to tell me I’m making all gun owners appear as prehistoric grunts.

Does that sound like hidden code to you? Does it seem like I’m telling you to ignore the law in your state and carry your firearm regardless? Does it make you feel like a prehistoric

It’s always the emails from someone new to the armed lifestyle, it seems. It makes sense when you think about it. The new CCW holder, reading and studying everything they can get their hands on (a great thing, BTW), jumping in discussion forums and taking in as much information as possible.

The emails always read something like this:

“Mark, I take offense to your closing remarks every program. You’re playing right into the hands of the anti-gun media and gun-grabbers by insinuating, not so subtly, that we should break the law. Also, you’re comparing us to cavemen seems to give the appearance that we (gun owners and CCW holders) are all a bunch of Neanderthals. I’m sure you must know that you’re handing the left a win with such a derogatory definition. I wish you would reconsider your choice of words.”


Let me tackle the caveman reference first. It’s a metaphor, dude. However, it’s true, huh? I bet no self-respecting caveman really would have ever ventured outside his cave without his club. I mean, think about it– lots of bizarre creatures and other tribes that wanted what you have. Your food, and your women. Am I allowed to say that in today’s political climate? Well, I just did, so sue me. Maybe they want your cave made booze and other fun stuff you weren’t willing to readily hand over to some thug caveman from the other side of the hill over in the cave hood. Am I allowed to say that? Well, tough, I just did, so sue me. I’m sure other cavemen were pretty bad dudes, maybe with bigger clubs than others, so it only makes perfect sense, I mean, I’m sorry you don’t understand that. If you ever run into someone too stupid to figure it out for what it is, or if you’re one of those people, well, get over it.

Now, onto the “carry on, carry often, carry absolutely everywhere,” phrase. I can understand how someone might read more into those words, but I’m here to tell you that I’m not going to tell you. I’m going to ask you to figure it out for yourself, and once you do, you’ll feel kind of silly. Think about it. Here’s a hint. If you’re going to avoid an establishment because of its no gun policy, then everywhere would be okay, right?

See, now you get it, but wait, there’s more.

I have never told anyone to break a law. In my state, I ignore those signs if I have to be somewhere that has a no gun warning for whatever reason, say my daughter needs something for school, and the only place that has it is “NO GUNS ALLOWED.” Yeah, right. I laugh out loud as I walk right past it and into their bigoted establishment, proudly carrying my firearm in blatant disregard of their violation of my civil rights and I’m not breaking any law.

That’s because the “NO GUNS ALLOWED” signs in Georgia do not carry the weight of state law, only the property owner’s policy. Learn and know your state laws.

Conceal your gun and shut up, get out and go on with your day. If they see the gun, they can only ask me to leave and I will, but they won’t because I know how to conceal my firearm. (If I don’t leave, in GA I can be charged with trespassing but seriously, who would stay there until they were charged?)

For the most part, “carry on, carry often, carry absolutely everywhere,” means just what it says. Don’t give money to businesses that violate your civil rights (there are exceptions from time to time, but they are few and far between) and the phrase makes perfect sense, no matter where you live, huh?

Until we meet again on the radio, carry on, carry often and carry absolutely everywhere. Never leave your cave without your club, and you’ll never find yourself in a gun free zone!


About Mark Walters

Mark Walters is the host of two nationally syndicated radio broadcasts, Armed American Radio and Armed American Radio’s Daily Defense with Mark Walters. He is the Second Amendment Foundations 2015 Gun Rights Defender of the Year award recipient and co-author of two books, Lessons from Armed America with Kathy Jackson (Whitefeather Press) and Lessons from UnArmed America with Rob Pincus (Whitefeather Press)

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Scratching my head

Ok, so let’s not stop where it’s convenient to stop…I get the private establishment and the No Guns signs holding no weight. I walk right past them myself. But there ARE places where it DOES hold the weight of law and trespassing isn’t the issue. I.e. Federal Buildings, the secure area of an airport, the Post Office, etc… Now, “absolutely everywhere”, absolutely means without exception and “everywhere” means, we’ll every where, yes. That might be the issue some have with his wording, that’s all I’m saying. And BTW, until I read the article, I understood what he truly meant and… Read more »


Why leave a handgun in the car outside Walmart? In Texas, the Walmarts have signs that say carrying any weapon in the store is prohibited unless the weapon is a handgun for which the carrier has a valid license. English translation: I can carry my pistol since I have a license to carry. Texas has laws specifying how to post valid signs to prohibit concealed carry in a business and separate sign to prohibit open carry and specifying penalties for ignoring them. It is easy enough to avoid most of the places who don’t want me to carry concealed. I… Read more »

Charles Drapo

As for hospitals i just don’t tell them. Most doctors are cool with it and I always let them know. Never had a problem. Costco, Sprouts, and wholefoods don’t allow but they r not properly posted. So I say screw them.


Jacquelyn, In my part of Texas (and I presume the REST of the state that actually follows state law), the sign reads (it doesn’t SAY, anything): THE UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF A FIREARM ON THESE PREMISES IS A FELONY, PUNISHABLE BY……. If there are no 30.06 or 30.07 (Texas Penal Code paragraphs) signs posted EXACTLY as the codes are written in ONE INCH LETTERS on a contrasting background, at EYE LEVEL, then no matter what the SIGNS say; you can LEGALLY ignore them! If a business posts ONLY a 30.07 sign, then you may LEGALLY carry concealed. If a business post… Read more »


W E, I agree with you… with one exception. As a disclaimer, I consider the disadvantages of open carry to FAR outweigh its advantages. Of course, I have no problem with any establishment that allows concealed carry on their premises, and – as long as concealed carry IS allowed – I’m willing to be a customer. Past that, however, I understand that (from a business-owner’s point-of-view) there is a legitimate reason for not wanting open carry. Allowing concealed-carry but not open-carry is an honest attempt to make the environment appealing to a wider range of customers (gun owners and non-gun… Read more »

Ross Campbell

Ugg, me too

Jim Macklin

Every state should copy Kansas law. The Congress should, must, get its finger out of the daily sex news and pass HR 38 immediately and teh Senate companion. I still have friends alive in Illinois. Back about 2010 I was back visiting friends and while riding as a passenger a State Trooper pulled the car over to ticket the driver for a seat belt violation. I had forgotten to buckle up too. As the trooper made ready to depart he said, “Fasten your seat belt, the State of Illinois cares about your safety.” To which I replied, “IF the State… Read more »


Wasington State prohibits firearms in bars, period. Fine… I read an account of a chap who began to frequent a local out in rural farmland Eastern Washignton. Been coming every evening for a few weeks, got to know some folks, etc. One night an armed robber entered, pulled a handgun, fired a few rouns, ordered everyone onto the floor, then lined up his sights on the Keep, ordering all the money be put into a sack. As Keep began to comply, the “new regular” calmly stood up and ambled over toward the bar, took out HIS handgun and fired one… Read more »

Edward Weber

Did he leave a silver bullet? Did he have an Indian friend?

Wild Bill

Wow, that is a terrific story. That should be a tale told around Christmas every year. And I am not saying that I don’t believe it or don’t like it. I truly mean that that is a splendid recount of good vanquishing evil, as it should.


Carry concealed. Concealed is nobody knows. In our state, a restaurant owner can post no guns allowed. Property right laws. They have a right. As a concealed carrier, we and I have a right. I have a right to protect myself, and my family. There are school districts that are allowing guns. We have anti gun law makers that are protected by security. What types of weapons does the security detail carry? I was in a no gun zone, the place was robbed, and i was forced to kneel execution style. As i shook with fear, the perp bolted out… Read more »

Ansel Hazen

I am seeing calls for this issue to be the next “Rosa Parks”. Gun Free Zones are free fire fields. If the anti-gun crowd won’t listen we need to shove it down their throats.


Agreed. I carry EVERYWHERE. Sign or no sign.


So do I… and luckily, Oklahoma is similar to Georgia in that signs here carry no “weight of law” either.

Charles Drapo

As the old song goes:
Signs signs
Everywhere there’s signs
Fucking up the scenery
Breaking my mind
Do this, don’t do that
Can’t you read the sign

My gun is like my American Express card. I don’t leave home without it and I don’t leave it in the car.

Silence Dogood

Simple…boycott every business that is a “gun free” zone, which by the way, is another Lefty Lie…as criminals always bring a gun.


Agreed! Police will only show up AFTER your dead. Stay alert. Stay armed. Practice.


If an establishment that serves the public refuses to let me come in and be served by their establishment solely because I am exercising my constitutional right to keep and bear arms, then that owner and their establishment is civilly liable in the same way that a establishment is that refuses to serve gay persons. That Pandora’s box has already been opened and decided. Be aware liberals that that decision was a 2 way street.


One is better than none! Bird in hand better than bird in bush! Wake up America! It’s your right to carry where you feel is legal to carry! If not don’t go there and spend your money! There are plenty of places that gladly let you come in and spend your money!


Everyone should seriously analyze the ” No guns allowed” phrase. It actually means a person is allowed not to carry a firearm. SERIOUSLY. Many years ago, in my locale, city buses had ” No smoking allowed” signs posted in the front of the bus. A smoker was arrested and challenged the sign in a court of law based on my previous mentioned argument. HE WON. Soon afterward all city buses had signs stating ” No smoking”

Clark Kent

The author seems clueless that calling a group of firearm owners/carriers ‘cavemen’ does damage to the firearms community as it enforces stereotypes in the eyes of the anti-gunners. I could care less what the pro-gun folks think about the term. With friends such as the author, who needs enemies?


Actually, you are the one who is clueless. It’s a metaphor, not a comparison. You, obviously, are the model of whom the article is about. Talk about clueless…


Take your foot out of your a** and put it back in your mouth


I believe you are exactly the PC stereotype he was referring to. Grow up, grow a pair and quit whining about what other people think. That’s how we got in this situation. To paraphrase John Wayne, treat every man with respect but take no crap from any man. We got away from that philosophy about 60 years ago and the likes of Chuck Schumer et al have been running rough shod over us ever since. It’s time we started taking back all the freedoms they’ve taken from us.

Wild Bill

Clark, Boo Hoo. I didn’t like the words that he used. What a tragedy. Perhaps the author should consult with you about which pc verbiage to use prior to each broadcast or written article.

Pistol Packin Preacher

You are an idiot in every comment you make. I think you like the attention that an idiot gets


ironic,I had a friend who use to leave his gun in the car,when he would go into Wal-Mart,only to find out upon returning,his car had been broken into and his gun missing Wal-mart servailence was down for the day for repair…