Letter: ‘Packing’ versus ‘no packing’ zones
Where is Wyatt Earp when you need him? Didn’t the Earp brothers require that handguns be surrendered to the sheriff or marshal’s office upon entering Wichita or Dodge City?
Is the modern equivalent that before going in to a movie theater anyone who is “packing” must check his or her gun with the gun check person? Alternatively, can we have gun-toting and non-gun-toting sections of the theater, separated by bullet-proof glass?
We are used to no-smoking zones in bars, airports and restaurants. Should we up the ante to “packing” versus “no packing” zones separated by armed guards? What would it do to the business community to have on the front door a sign warning that “This is a smoke-free and gun-free establishment?” Is it so hard to imagine gun-free restaurants, or alternatively, restaurants and bars that encourage patrons to bring and proudly wear their firearms (concealed or otherwise)?
Imagine the ultimate freedom of choice: to be able to choose your theater, restaurant or bar on the basis of whether you feel safe. I wonder how that would play out statistically?
ROBERT A. STEIN