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I Hate to Hinder a Good Cause

A small product with a BIG message, for sure:

“By putting this decal on your car or home, it tells an intruder that you have a gun and you are going to protect yourself,” said Derflinger.

Let me rephrase that:

“By putting this decal on your car or home, it tells an intruder that you have a gun to steal,” said Derflinger.

I think I’d rather just donate to the NRA Youth Shooting Programs directly. But if you really like the decals, you could do what I’ve done with my NRA and IHMSA stickers, which is to put them on magnets that can be easily removed if circumstances call for it, such as leaving home for an extended period of time with the car sitting in the driveway, or going into the city and parking for any extended period of time. I’ve never considered it a good idea to advertise the fact that you’re armed, or to help make targeting easier for theft rings.

11 Responses to “I Hate to Hinder a Good Cause”

  1. ExurbanKevin says:

    And here I thought I was the only one who refuses to wear gun-related shirts or put gun-related decals all over my car for that exact same reason!

    Yes, I love my sport/rights/obsession, but I also value my property. I don’t put valuable items so they can be seen from the street, and I don’t let miscreants know where they can find guns.

  2. Andrew says:

    Why don’t you buy a safe and lock your guns up?

    Then the only one available to steal is the one on your person. And they will have to fight to get that one from me.

    Or you could just crawl into a corner and die whimpering like the baby you sound like.

    So we have been forced underground, having to hide our beliefs. Thanks for your support.

  3. JD says:

    Andrew Said,
    October 21st, 2009 at 6:25 pm
    Why don’t you buy a safe and lock your guns up?
    Then the only one available to steal is the one on your person. And they will have to fight to get that one from me.

    My thoughts exactly.

  4. Sebastian says:

    I do have a safe, which is the only reason I put an NRA sticker on my car at all. Would you put a sign on your front door advertising you had a lot of valuable jewelry in the house?

    And even a safe won’t stop someone determined, and who has a plan and a bit of expertise in getting into safes. Any responsible gun owner should be concerned about theft. It’s not hiding ones beliefs so much as not making it easy for thieves to know what houses and vehicles to target.

  5. Ian Argent says:

    Because the guns safe doesn’t protect the busted door, the computers, the TV, the spare car keys (OK, the last it might), etc. Even if the gusn ARE protceted, why court a break-in? I wouldn’t put the box my TV cam ein out on the curb for garbage pickup, either.

  6. ExurbanKevin says:

    I don’t hide my beliefs or my convictions or my rights: I advocate for firearms ownership on my blog, I encourage in conversation and I keep my skills sharp. I also don’t have a fish sticker on my car, despite my lifelong commitment to Christ and current full-time missions work, but that has more to do with the fact that I’m a rather aggressive driver. :)

    I don’t advertise I’ve got anything more or less valuable in my house than the other houses in my neighborhood. I also don’t let my kids draw with chalk on the front porch because I don’t want to send out a clear sign to any scum that there’s young children inside.

    The easiest fight to win is the one you don’t get into, and no amount of firepower can make up for a lack of smarts.

  7. JD says:

    Sebastian Said,
    October 21st, 2009 at 7:22 pm
    I do have a safe, which is the only reason I put an NRA sticker on my car at all.

    I have NRA stickers on my vehicle,gun safe, front door window and my garage window(NRA pride, baby!). But I live in ND and most thugs know they will probably get smoked if they break into someone’s shit up here. I’m not saying it don’t happen in ND, just not like it does in other states.

  8. Sebastian says:

    You’re safe in ND, I would say. I live near a large, crime ridden city, so my perspective is going to reflect that.

  9. Microbalrog says:

    I work from home. I study, of course, but when I graduate [WAHAHAHA!], I will be able to work from home full-time, or work as a professor (who work for six hours a week), and my fiancee is in a completely work-from-home profession.

    Some people’s circumstances are different.

  10. RAH says:

    The problem with vandalism is a true concern. There are many gun hating liberals who get overly emotional and will key a car. During elections vandalism of homes with GOP posters and stickers on cars were a problem.

    There was a military soldier that had his car vandalized by a lawyer who hated the military.

    Those who live near or in liberal areas do have to adopt protective coloration or at least be discreet.

    Burglary is a concern but not as much since a burgler can and will break into a home they think is a good target.I live in a decent neighborhood that has increasing problems with new entrants. I also have a very noisy German Shepard that sounds mean and will bite strangers. Very few will want to break into the home. Even the Fed EX guys says she will send hiim to the hospital. So my dog is well known. That advertising ia safer than a NRA sticker. My close neighbors and son’s friends know we are armed.
    Hell last night I thought I heard a 9mm shot from the BW parkway and immediately we had our shotguns and pistols ready. I even went out down the street to make sure it was not close.

    There was no followup and no sirens so I figured it may have been something else.

    Even in MD robbers will not go into an occupied house much since they assume the house has guns. MD had a long tradition of hunting so it is assumed that shotguns and rifles are present.

    But a car is not protected and is prey to vandalism so no stickers.

    • Bitter says:

      Political vandalism can be a problem here, too. Fortunately, not for our cars. During the election last year, our McCain sign was vandalized, as was every other one in the neighborhood. We knew they had to be out-of-towners because they only destroyed nationally known GOP signs, they didn’t know when the other candidates were Republican or not. Sure enough, we got word that a MoveOn group from NY was bussed in to our area that day.

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