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Letter to the Editor: Gun Store Too Close to Studios for Kids

New business will be in the Trappe Shopping Center

There is a new store that is going in The Trappe Shopping Center on Main Street in Trappe. It is called, GUNS, INC.

Not sure if you are familiar with this shopping center, but four doors down is a KARATE studio and a DANCE studio. Whether you are for or against guns, I feel it is very poor taste by the property owner, LONGVIEW, to have such a business so close to where children come and go all day and evening.

Thank you,

Cindi Yeager

Trapped May 04, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I agree with Jerry. Now if we can just persuade a some folks to open a strip club, check cashing place, a pawn shop maybe even a liquor store. Woo hoo, One stop shopping. P.S. That's one beautiful looking sign. Keep up the good work Longview.
SL May 04, 2012 at 07:53 PM
So I guess the cigar shop that sells "smoking" paraphernalia is OK? But a gun shop is in bad taste? The property owner has the right to rent to whomever they want. Especially in this economy when half the shopping centers around the area are empty/vacant. God bless the 2nd Amendment!
Jerry May 04, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Good thing we don't have any Luddites in the community to object to the computer shop. Or do we?
Trapped May 04, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Oh snap! 2nd Amendment. God would be proud. Jerry, Hilarious! I love it :) See you at mass on Sunday.
Not narrow minded May 05, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Herman, Sit your Democratic wife down and have a good long talk with her and please explain the constitution of the United States to her specifically the second amendment. She is a perfect example of a mother that has no clue as to how to raise a child with respect for other peoples things or people in general. She needs to get real !!!!
Cindi May 05, 2012 at 11:35 AM
@ Not Narrow minded...at least I put my name to my comment you coward! Who are you!
Herman Yeager May 05, 2012 at 12:26 PM
I wasn't going to say anything but hey coward narrow minded let me guess you probably don't have any kids and you still live at home!!! Its a shame that you make it all about the political parties and not even keep the kids in mind. Its funny that Cindi can speak her mind and not hide it, she got bigger balls than you!!!!.If you even have a wife or boyfriend you don't let them say whats on their mind or have their own opinions cause they are scared!!!! So just shut your pie hole you JACKASS!!!!! Herman
lowi keenan May 05, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Wow! Are we getting off the subject just a little here? I am glad there is another business coming to the area. And don't you think that there is a small chance that when "dad" (or mom) drops off his child for either of these activities that he won't wonder over and check out the store?? It's like anything else..if you don't like it, don't participate. You have as much right to ignore it as anyone else has to support it. Let's drop the bullying and name calling please.
Karl May 05, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Good. Another storefront that's no longer vacant is a good thing. I for one don't see a problem. These gun stores are great to visit, and one of the most regulated industries in the country. I'm not sure where the problem is for some.
Norman Hunsberger May 05, 2012 at 01:32 PM
A gun shop in close proximity to a karate or dance studio really doesn't pose any extra threat to children. It is a store where they are sold, not discharged... it isn't a firing range or gun club. As the previous post stated, has anyone had any objections to a cigar store that is in the same shopping center. Think about the irony though, a karate studio is teaching children to use their body as a weapon that could be just as deadly as any gun. Anything could be misused as a weapon. There was a sporting goods store that sold baseball bats...they have been used as weapons, too.
truthsayer May 05, 2012 at 02:04 PM
I would be interested to hear why you believe placing this business at this location is in "poor taste", as you stated. Your comment doesn't fully explain the issue you have, and I think it leaves people speculating on your reasons. This, unfortunately, leads to name calling and rude behavior. Your opinion is as valid as anyone else's, but I don't understand your issues, based upon your initial comment. Can you articulate some specific concerns you have about the business being in close proximity to the karate and dance studios? Thank you.
Andrew May 05, 2012 at 02:23 PM
This is great. when does it open I will vote with my cash. I will be first in the door. However if we open a restaurant with a bar in that plaza that would be waaaaay over the top.
LP-SC May 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Hmmm..... Anyone remember Van Buskirk's right in the center of the High Street business district? They sold guns there for about 100 years.
Cindi Yeager May 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Wow! Such a spirited discussion for a Saturday! I wish I could respond to everyone but I don't have time. I hope all the best to the people that didn't have the courage to put your name with you comment. I did. Don't be afraid. It opens up a nice debate. You are probably also the same people that don't vote. Happy Cinco de Mayo all!
Blind Dog May 07, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I look forward to when Cindi does have the time to respond. She found time to write this letter so I would think she'd be able to carve some time out of her busy schedule for us non-voting cowards! I'd certainly like to know why the ability to have an open debate with someone depends on whether they use a screen name or their real name? You'll get the same dumb argument from me no matter what name I use!! Just doesn't make alot of sense to me. Maybe some of us use screen names for privacy reasons, like we don't want anyone making personal remarks about us in comment sections. Sound familiar? I'd also like to know how that ties into whether or not someone votes? Would it be fair for me to say that her wishing everyone a happy Cinco de Mayo probably means she's a raging alcoholic?
Aquapop May 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
As always, Dog...well played. I'm glad there's a gun store close by...people who want to take things away scare me. And all these damn Mexicans...don't get me started.
Mark M.Nave June 30, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I feel that this IS a good thing. It shouldn't matter ware a shop is located hell the parents should brong there kids in and give them some edication on the shooting sports knowledge is power. I would volunteer my time as a safety instructor for the new shop. ''if you are free to be liberal thank someone with a gun'' Mark M. Nave
Aaron Mondelblatt July 30, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I think its great and will save my driving to FCO. I can't wait to go there does anybody know when this is opening up? I walked by the other week and it was empty.
Howard L. September 28, 2012 at 04:54 AM
I'd like to start by saying that moving into the empty Safeway would have been better. They'd have room for gun and bow shooting ranges, camping equipment and fishing gear. This would place it on the opposite side of the parking lot from the dance studio. Unfortunately, this means I still have to drive out to French Creek Outfitters if I want to do any shooting. BTW, FCO is located in a strip mall next to a nail salon, jewelry store and Aerials Gymnastics. You may be un-aware that the number of citizens that have gone through the background check required to get a CCW has greatly increased in the last few years. These are citizens legally permitted to carry a loaded concealed firearm on their person. Are unloaded guns in a store more or less dangerous than a person with a loaded gun standing in the parking lot? What you feel is in poor taste is your opinion and you're free to voice those opinions. Personally, I do not find the location of Guns Inc to be a problem. In fact, as one person stated being that close to a dance studio gives the gun store a great opportunity to use that wide open floor space to hold safety lessons for children as well as adults. Teaching children (and some of the parents) that what happens on TV and in movies is a lie is a good thing. Letting a child hold a gun (unloaded and supervised) takes away a lot of the mystic, leaving the child with just two questions, "Can I put this down now? It's heavy" and "Can I go play".
Dave Novak September 30, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Cindi Yeager - I would suggest that you go speak to the Gun Store owners. You'll find that they are responsible, respectful business owners who want our community's children to be safe as much or more than you do. In fact they have dedicated a good deal of money and time to being trained to do just that. In fact, I'd love to have a gun store right next to my business. What you ought to worry about is your children's school and their planning and safety. What happens when a crazed gunman goes into your child's classroom?
anonymous November 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM
First of all, what is wrong with a gun store nearby? If you don't like guns, don't go into the gun store. The store poses no danger whatsoever, in fact it probably makes the shopping center safer. It's not like loaded guns are strewn about in the store waiting for someone to pick them up and start shooting. It's a common misconception that gun stores/ranges are unsafe, when in reality, they are quite possibly one of the safest places around. All of the guns are behind the counter or in cases, and they are not loaded. People in the gun business are very safe, and the unsafe people are people who don't take the time to understand guns. The owner is very knowledgeable and friendly, and I am thrilled to have a gun store nearby.
Somebody November 12, 2012 at 09:33 PM
"Its a shame that you make it all about the political parties and not even keep the kids in mind"- Herman How is a gun store nearby "not even keep the kids in mind"? Do you think that children are going to be leaving dance or karate and getting gunned down or something? Or are the kids going to circumnavigate the minimum age requirement of 18 for long guns and 21 for handguns and come home with a gun?
SL November 12, 2012 at 09:46 PM
So I guess that the people on here that are against this gun shop also won't let their kids walk into Dick's Sporting Goods in Collegeville? Do you consider Dick's to be in bad taste because they sell guns? Some of the Walmarts and K-marts in the area also sell guns. Do you keep your kids out of these stores or consider them a danger because they sell guns and ammo?
Barack Osama November 22, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Cindi and her-man are out of touch and obviously the only two who care about this opening. Maybe she should purchase a weapon to conceal in case of nun chuck wielding children strapped with assault rifles. However, it may get in the way of those huge nuts her-man claims she has.
SMAGG December 19, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Amazing how people think.. Business owner opens in a shopping center that has been failing and now causes more retail traffic to enter this center to spend money. Went from a vacant store to now a busy store bring revenue to the area. I have been in this location, purchased several items, and great location with highly responsible staff. By the way, the karate studio is quiet a few store away and absolutely no threat to anyone, if anything, brings law abiding possibly armed citizens to the center. No need no to wait for the STATE Police that cover this center that are miles away to step in in any emergency. I feel good about this location and agree, move into the supermarket and grow bigger!!!!
FLHT Mac January 15, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Do you really have balls? Bummer.
James Newman February 17, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Hey Cindi and Herman I shop at Guns inc andhope to be increasing their business. It's a great place for the business. It is their right. stop in there and find out what the firearms sporting community is up to. Educate yourselves. I am a firearms instructor, I would be willing to give you some free instruction so that you can then make an educated decision on if this store is too close to anything.
Jack Minster February 18, 2013 at 03:43 AM
@ Cindi, Do you live in Trappe? I don't believe that you do. Guns, Inc. is a welcome new business to the depressed Trappe Shopping Center. Guns are flying off the shelves, responsible legal buyers all. The shooting community consists of nice, helpful people. If you ever visited a nearby retail indoor range like Target Master or French Creek Outfitters, you'll find the gun community clamoring over each other to instruct you, teach, make you a safe firearm handler. A more civilized lot you won't find on a golf course. The children of Trappe are safe from Guns Inc and their clients.
Eric richardson February 24, 2013 at 01:41 AM
@Cindi, my name is Eric richardson, and I live in the trappe area and do business with guns inc. jacks comments above are right on the money. We need more store owners in the area like the guns inc. owners. I have an 8yo. And a 12 yo. Both girls, and both are beginning shooters. Knowing the owners and employees I would argue that the children that attend activities at the surrounding shops (mine included) are in the safest place in the township other than inside the police station. If you took 1 step inside the shooting community your fears would subside immediately. The media, the current administration , and a few horrible psychotic apples have given us, as a whole, a very bad name. Have a good weekend.
#88 April 11, 2014 at 05:24 PM
I have 6 kids and I have plenty of guns, all locked in a safe place like most people who shop a gun stores and not back alleys we would never do anything to mess up the privilege of our second amendments. It's funny how people hate guns but if some creep was walking around that complex with a gun which stop do you think most people would run into. Probably not the karate place unless Bruce Lee was in there. Just saying. Not everyone who loves and owns a gun is a creep. I myself am a loving Father, husband, and Teacher who just happens to enjoy firearms. Don't hate it because you might not understand it.

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