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Refusing to patronize posted businesses

Published: May 12, 2013
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Some local establishments, in a knee-jerk reaction to the passage of Oklahoma's open-carry gun law, are posting “No Weapons” signs at their entrances. In past years, women have been abducted, robbed, raped and killed from shopping mall parking lots. I'm not surprised to hear recent reports from women stating that they've been followed out of a mall as they walked to their cars, even during daylight hours. These establishments want our money but by displaying these signs forgo our safety, prohibit law-abiding citizens the right to bear firearms to protect ourselves and tell the criminal world they provide a soft target.

Criminals know we must leave our weapon in the car, making us more of a target for robbery, rape or abduction as we come and go from the mall. It's a shame some local businesses choose to assist the federal government's attempt to restrict Second Amendment rights while contributing to criminals gaining illegal possession of our weapons. I choose to speak my objections with my pocketbook. I refuse to patronize these businesses until the “No Weapons” signs are removed.

Ramona Riley, Mustang