Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Few Gun Free Signs at Old Denton Shopping Center
My daughter needed to renew her drivers license in Texas. The most convenient place was at the Old Denton Shopping Mall. When we arrived at about 9:15 a.m., the line was already 20 yards long outside the doors. As I waited, I surveyed the shops to see how many had 30.06 or 30.07 signs. The shopping center consisted of about four large blocks of shops. The method was simple: Walk around each block, count the shops, and note how many had 30.06 or 30.07 signs. Each block had about 20 establishments.
Care was taken not to count multiple entrances as multiple establishments. A total of 86 establishments were surveyed. Six had proper 30.06 and 30.07 signs. Four had non-binding signs of one kind or another. one of those had a proper 30.07 sign and a quarter sized 30.06 sign. Three shops had small, non-compliant no guns signs.
Of the six shops that had proper signs, one was a bank, one a bakery, and there were three restaurants.
Of the non-compliant signs, one was a general merchandise type of store with the compliant 30.07 sign and the quarter sized 30.06 sign, one a bank, and two were restaurants.
The shopping center had a definite Asian theme. Most of the shops had Asian themed names and many had Hanzi or Kanji or Hanja characters on the signs as well. I do not know enough to differentiate them. It appeared that there were more Korean themed shops than others; I did not survey how many of the numerous Asian cultures were represented.
Less than 7% had proper 30.06 and 30.07 signs. Less than 5% had improper signs. A large majority had no signs.
I doubt if any general conclusions can be reached by this bit of impromptu research. Asia is a big place, and there are many cultural differences. People with Japanese ancestry have told me that Americans with Japanese ancestry love guns. I have read that there is a surge in Americans with Chinese ancestry arming themselves. Koreans are famous for defending their shops and homes during the LA Rodney King riots.
I have not found any good research that differentiates gun ownership by Asian ethnic ancestry. It is good that we do not have those sort of records.
I found the paucity of "Gun Free Zone" signs a positive sign for the future of the Second Amendment.
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