The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 24, 2013

Letter: Enid News & Eagle should remove ‘no firearms’ signs

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Enid News & Eagle champions the First Amendment that includes the freedom of speech and the press, while at the same time you trample on the Second Amendment, “The right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

The newspaper has signs posted on its front doors stating “Firearms are prohibited on these premises.” I would think a business whose life blood is the First Amendment would also respect the second Amendment as well as the entire Constitution. What hypocrites!

By banning legally carried firearms on your premises, this does nothing but keep out honest persons desiring to exercise their constitutional rights. The person who is licensed to carry a gun has taken a firearms class, has been fingerprinted, background checked by Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and paid a fee just to exercise that right. Those restrictions are an infringement and should be unconstitutional.

Can you imagine the uproar if the free press had to be licensed, schooled, fingerprinted and background checked?

The newspaper is naive to think a simple sign on the door will keep out a bad buy with a gun who wants to do harm. I think not. If a sign was the answer, every quick shop would post a sign on the door “robbery prohibited.”

In Aurora, Colo., James Holmes entered a “Batman” movie and killed 12 and wounded 58 others. Of the seven movie theaters nearby, it was the only one that prohibited firearms; “A victim disarmament zone.” There were disarmed licensed concealed carry people in that movie theater that night that perhaps could have stopped.

I ask the newspaper to remove those signs and quit trampling on the Second Amendment. One day a free press may need defending with the very guns you don’t want.

Mark Burns