On March 30th I wrote about who we are kept safe from with designated, but not security screened gun free zones. Bottom line: nobody. I have been asking business owners why they have them and often they say it isn't their policy, it came down from superiors. As I have a life other than second amendment issues, I don't come back or wait around to talk to the higher-up. Now I have an easy way to spread the word.
Here is an Adobe Acrobat file you can print off and use any time you run across a gun free zone. It contains a cover letter, a copy of my March 30th article, and a lined sheet of paper. You print them off, sign the cover letter at the bottom, and create your own self-addressed #10 return envelope. You put the three sheets and your return envelope into a plain #10 business envelope and seal it. When you come to a building or say, the California Pizza Kitchen, and see the Gun Free Zone sign at the front, you ask the greeter at the door who the manager is. When they tell you the person's name, you pull out your envelope and write their name on the front. You politely ask the greeter to get the letter into the adressee's hands and bid them a polite farewell.
If for no other reason than curiosity the letter will be opened, maybe read and possibly responded to. At the least you will have caused a decision maker to think about their gun free zone policy and made them aware that there are folks among the public who think GFZ's are silly and ineffectual at best, and create safe fire zones for killers at worst. If you do happen to get any responses, I would love to hear about it. I will write a column some time in the future about the success of this campaign and some of the responses that you received. Contact me at DanBidstrupAtHotmail.com (of course replacing At with @ to make the magic work). If you wish to keep a copy of the file on your computer, right click the link and select "Save Target as" and put it on your hard drive.