How “Safe” Are You? The House of Cards That is Gun Free Zones

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U.S.A.-( You know… Over the last few months, as we’re all returning to school, I’ve noticed the word “Safe” being brandished about in nearly every facet of our culture. Here are a few that came in just this morning:

“…child feeling safe at school”

“In the meantime, take care of your families and stay safe.”

“safe learning environment”

And that is just the start. For the thinkers among us, I offer you a question. Are you ever truly safe?

For the thinkers among us, I offer you the reasoning why we’re not, have never been, and will never be. Sin stalks us and wishes to have us. Period. Calamity is just around the corner. Now, that doesn’t mean we lose our minds and become paranoid obsessives. But, it should mean that we prepare for possible problems. If we didn’t, you’d neither need a spare tire nor a fire extinguisher. To prepare adequately is a physical and mental exercise equally.

I’m primarily interested in truth. And the truth is, each time some well-intentioned person tells you that you’re safe, you aren’t. They of course want you to be, and they wish for it. I’m glad for that. But ultimately, they have little power over your safety. So, the outcome of ‘safety’ falls squarely on us all as individuals first, and in the communal sense second.

Once we abandon the idea that we’re safe, we can begin to understand the measures, thoughts, and preventative steps necessary to better prepare for problems. This naturally leads to the outcome others call “safety” in the traditional sense.

Their version of “safe” is almost always a house of cards. Their version of “safe” revolves around incoherent ideas and applications. A prime example is the “Gun Free Zone” as it were. Does a sticker or the declaration in law magically make you safer? No. It does not. But do the masses too often believe that it does? Yes. And by the practice of believing a thing like that to be true which isn’t, what can you and I say about that assertion? First, it is incoherent. Second, the net safety of a “Gun Free Zone” drops, not elevates. Why? Because they let their guard down where they’re “safe” right? Thus, they’re less aware situationally and aren’t implementing proper levels of risk assessment.

My point is a simple one today. Each time you hear somebody blathering on about “safe” this or “safe” that, you should seriously be questioning all of it.

I truly believe most folks do wish for other’s safety. However, the sophomoric idea that yapping about safety achieves the goal is the core problem. …And the more they yap the more we accept the word “safe” as legitimate and real.

Don’t do that…

About Michael Ware:

Michael is a Christian husband and father to two children. He owns and operates Controlled Chaos Arms, a premier custom weapons shop in the Midwest. He serves as Chairman of the board of Directors at the Iowa Firearms Coalition. The pursuit of truth drives him in research and his writing.

Michael enjoys shooting, hunting, and fishing throughout the Midwest and Rockies. An avid outdoorsman and tireless supporter of all Second Amendment virtues, he can be found in his gun shop, in a tree stand with his kids, or on Capitol Hill lobbying in support of Freedom and Liberty at any given time.

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My “policy” has always been: If there is no metal detector and or no chance of being frisked then my firearm comes with me wherever I go. Been doing that for decades.


I agree with you. If I have my closes on, and I don’t by memory failing me, I’m packing.


In my constitutional carry state I always ignore these signs in businesses.


Luckily, in my (also constitutional carry) state those “no gun” signs carry no formal ‘weight-of-law’… so I,too, ignore those signs and always carry. In Oklahoma, if a gun-owner is found to be carrying a weapon in a ‘posted’ business, the business owner/manager may – if they so desire – ask the carrier to leave. If asked to leave, the gun owner absolutely must comply. Failure to comply in a timely and peaceful manner may subject the gun-owner to a charge of misdemeanor trespassing (but, absent any other factors, NOT to any misdemeanor or felony gun-related) charges. This system has worked… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by JoeUSooner

The only one responsible for my personal safety is me. I like it that way because NO ONE in government cares about my personal safety as much as I DO. Goes for the people I love as well.


Michael is correct. The signs noting “Gun Free Zone or No Firearms Allowed” does not prevent anyone seeking to do harm to others from doing so. Rather it is an invitation for an that individual tell them that they are safe in doing harm to others. Where he is incorrect is in assuming that those promoting the idea of “safe zones are truly caring of the safety of others. Too many times politicians use “safety” to gain power over those who believe that giving up a guaranteed right such as in the 1st or Second Amendments will provide them with… Read more »


Our, not so great leaders, are doing it now due to the Wuhan Flu problem


How long will it be before they tell us that giving up our firearms will inoculate us from the virus?


RIsk management people are advising their clients or employers to take down these signs and not have this policy. One day someone with a CCW permit is going to follow one of these signs, get murdered by someone who does not follow these signs or the law against murder, and his heirs are going to sue the moron who put up the sign and walk away with a nice hefty settlement or judgment.


Those who seek the destruction of our nation have not a clue the consequences of doing so.


I do not have many Hate Subjects but this is one of em. I am 68, from SD, and been shooting for 56 years as I had to wait until I turned 12. Anyway, I have played with CC for 43 or so years, and I got my first Permit to CC when SD first had em which must be 40 years ago. Today, I don’t leave home without em, and I have one in every vehical I own. Two things I wish for: National CC and I have been waiting for many years as I have one in my… Read more »


There is no reason this couldn’t have been resolved in 2017.


My Weapon of choice is like my Credit Card of choice and it’s MasterCard and I don’t leave home with out it. Enough Said. I


The only place I don’t carry is the post office & when I’m in the shower. They should never suspect that you are carrying a concealed weapon that’s the object of concealed carry!


do you open carry? if concealed, who knows when and where you carry except you. they say going postal because postal employees have been the ones harming people.


Nam62, you can do what you want. However, I want you to read about something that happened at a Post Office about 25 miles from where I am sitting. Of course I live in a very gun friendly State and one of the reasons why is this shooting and then there was the Luby’s shooting in Texas which lit the fire under them for less restrictive gun laws.

Last edited 2 years ago by RoyD

Those “metal detectors” when you enter the post office, are not working.


How about approving my earlier post in this thread with it’s two links?


Now you’re whining after ragging on others for complaining about the same thing.

Also, in English, “it’s two links = “it is two links.” Maybe they’re not approving illiterate comments today.


You are correct about the error. Thanks for pointing that out.


Asking to be approved is NOT “whining”. Just saying. Normally, I’d never mention such a small issue, but of you want to appoint yourself ‘grammar nazi’, at least be correct in your own grammar, OK?

Dave in Fairfax

If it’s the one to Nam68, it was approved. If it isn’t showing up, try flushing your cache.


That was the one. I posted two links on it because they were both similar examples of why I carry where sometimes it is not kosher to do so. I knew that there was a chance it might not be approved by the system but I also knew that it would be rectified and it was important that they appear together. Thanks for taking care of it.


At least for me, the system always holds up any post with two links. You might try just posting the second link as a response directly under the first one, with a mention that it is related to the post right above it.
That works well for me in that situation.


Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll keep it in mind.