For as long as I can remember people have been putting up signs trying to convince “bad guys” that their house is a bad place to rob—”Beware of Dog” figures prominently in this history, with honorable mention to “Never Mind the Dog, Beware of Owner” and even “This House Protected by Smith & Wesson”. But despite efforts by both pro-gun and anti-gun activists over the years, there has been a real shortage of private residences bearing a “This is a Gun Free Home” sign, or any close equivalent.
Some of the more cynical among us think this may be because, deep down inside, even the strongest anti-gun activists know it’s a bad idea to advertise to the criminals that you’re not prepared to defend yourself.
Recently, apparently as a side-effect of the debate over commercial posting in Minnesota (the sign is in the form legally required for that; it’s not required for residential posting), at least one household has taken the extraordinary step of prominently posting an anti-gun sign. (I’ve blocked out the house number on the door; while I doubt seeing it here would lead any criminal to attack them, I don’t want it to be even a possibility.) (Click on the photo to see a larger image showing the whole front of the house with the sign.)
Or maybe not? I suppose they could mean only to discourage others from bringing guns to their house; they could be armed to the teeth themselves for all I know. Naaaah, probably not.
While I think their position on handguns for self-defense is wrong, I’m still pleased to see that there’s at least one household that behaves as if it really believed the anti-gun rhetoric I hear preached so often.
That leaves only a few hundred thousand other anti-gun people not living up to their principles. Come on, guys, get with it!