A Smart Warning or Grounds for Premeditation?

November 17, 2012 by | 2 Comments

We’ve all seen this sign, or some variation of it, but while it makes us chuckle among our fellow weapon enthusiasts, is it really a wise choice to post something similar?

In my opinion, no. Maybe you’ll get lucky and nothing will happen, but more than likely, you’ll at least piss off a few neighbors. That’s not a major problem in the big picture, however, you’re also broadcasting to the world that you have a house full of guns. More than likely, the criminals won’t break in while you’re home, but when you’re away, what’s to stop them from kicking in your back door to steal not only your valuable guns, but also your other goodies?

Your bigger problem has yet to come. Imagine if you actually had to use your weapon in a defensive situation to protect your family. When the police arrive, they are first greeted by your witty little sign, then a dead perp lying on your floor. Add an overzealous prosecutor with a massive ego and and dreams of a powerful political career to the mix, and it all goes down hill fast. No matter how much evidence you present that your life and the lives of your family were in imminent danger, you already look like a vigilante itching to pull the trigger. The deck is stacked against you, my friend.

As we’ve seen time and time again, you’re name will be dragged through the mud while you’re forced to shell out tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars just to keep your ass out of jail for a completely legitimate self-defense shooting. You may avoid time in the big house, but you can forget about ever clearing your name. The reporters love to run with stories of “gun owners gone wild” but when it turns out they were justified and acting legally, the follow up story is either pushed to the back of the news cycle or never even reported at all.

Take the approach that our special operations does—STFU! They are called the “quiet professionals” for a reason. No one but your closest friends should know that you have guns in your home. If you can’t resist your compulsion to put up a sign, use a “Beware of Dog” sign.

Melanie Swick (a.k.a. Survival Chick) grew up wanting to be a rocket scientist, but when she realized she that required way too much math, she took to her second dream—spending time in the wilderness. Today, when she's not hiking, camping, or hunting, she's blogging about it. You can connect with Melanie on Facebook.

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