The Township of Conoy Pa. wants outsiders to know that they are ready to protect themselves. Instead of seeing a traditional “Welcome” sign posted on the outskirts of the town, the people of this small community have posted a sign, which states, “THIS IS NOT A GUN FREE ZONE.”
A dozen signs have been posted around the town, and three more plan to be erected on the major roadways within the town. The town wants criminals to know that most of the citizens are holding a firearm in their possession.
Stephen Mohr, a township supervisor told Fox News, “I think even those who have bad intentions can read,” and want to give criminals with mal-intent a second thought before inflicting any kind of harm within the town.
Mohr went on to state that the town’s five supervisors decided to put the signs up, and that they hope to only invite good people into their town because the first word on the sign is in fact “Welcome.” Mohr went on to say, “we have a lot here that we take pride in. What we’re telling people is that when they do come here, they should feel safer knowing that everyone in the township is watching out for them. And the criminal — he should realize that going into this township he could have a bad day.”
“These signs are silly, because the Second Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding, responsible citizens anywhere to own guns in their homes,” claims Jonathan Hutson, a spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, who is among those who feel the signs send a bad message and are unnecessary.
Economists wonder if the signs will aid the town in dismissing crime and other say that the signs do not make sense because there are parts of the town where carrying firearms is still banned.
David Mustard, an economics professor at the University of Georgia, went on to tell Fox News that, “My guess is that this may… lead a small number of people to reconsider committing criminal acts, but the signs are unlikely to provide so much new information [about the town] that they result in a large reduction in crime.”
Photo By: Courtesy: Stephen Mohr
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