OK, here I go, stirring the pot again. This is the e-mail that I just sent to the fine folks at Christopher Run Campground. I will post a reply, if I receive one.
Dear Sir or Madam:
Thank you for posting your rules on your website. By doing so, you have saved me a huge headache. Had I not known these rules, I would have madearrangements to stay there, just to be forcedto make a last minute change upon arrival based on your "no firearms" policy.
I respectfully request that you re-think your position on firearms, as gun owners in general are some of the nicest and most law-abiding folks you will ever meet. A "no guns" rule or policy has never stopped anyone whose intent was to commit violence. Such a policy only disarms law-abiding citizens, making them nearly helpless in the event of an attack.
As is permitted by state law, I carry a firearm for personal protection 99%+ of the time. I will not give up my ability to properly defend myself for the ability to do business, as long as alternatives exist. You have the right to run your business as you see fit. I also have, and choose to exercise,the right to take my money elsewhere when I learn that a particular business requires me to give up my rights to enter their property.
As an added note, I am a veteran of the first Gulf War, and am trained in law enforcement,although I do not currently serve in the profession. Ihave many friends who share my views on this issue and avoid businesses who are "gun-unfriendly", yet go out of their way to patronize "gun-friendly" establishments.