(Southtown Star) – A black gun with a red slash through it.
It is a sign of the times, as well as a sign that is sure to become ubiquitous.
School officials want the public to know that in compliance with state law (House Bill 0183), schools, churches, government agencies and liquor stores statewide will be posting 4-by-6-inch stickers reminding the public, particularly those with a concealed-carry license, that there are limits on where a gun can be carried.
While schools didn’t allow guns even before the concealed-carry law was passed, they still are required to display the reminder. Some officials are questioning the mandate, and some find the sticker image disturbing.
Our so-called educators, gun-fearing and gun-hating, are trotting to the mainstream media to register their fears of an image of a gun.
It gets better though!
In Community High School District 218, which includes Shepard, Richards and Eisenhower, the topic was addressed during parent meetings. Supt. John Byrne agreed the sticker is “abrupt when you first see it.
…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.”
No, Mr. Byrne: It won’t keep the world or your schools safer. It actually makes them more dangerous, as bad people with guns know good guys won’t violate the law. As such, they will be helpless in the face of attack.
Here’s an image we should be putting on the doors of those schools: