I need to take a minute to toot my own horn a little. Last weekend, my family and I went to Chattanooga for some shopping. We stopped at America's Thrift Store, a chain that has stores in 5 states, including Georgia. As I was about to enter (my wife already being in the store), my son brought my attention to the "no weapons" sign (a 6-inch square gun buster with some writing). I called my wife from outside the store and told her we would not be shopping there. As many of know, in Tennessee, if a legally-armed person were to pass through that door, they would be committing a crime. When I got home, I sent a polite email to the corporation via their web form. I explained that I understood they could choose to prohibit weapons, but I would not be shopping there, and I used our normal logic about gun-free zones. Predictably, I received a reply from their customer service rep stating that they respected my decision, but their policy was to ensure a safe environment for their employees and customers. The next day, however, I received an email from the CEO. He gets a copy of all the customer feedback, and he was amendable to investigating the issue. He said he would have one his heads contact other stores in these states, and asked if he or his rep could call me. I of course replied yes, but I also took the opportunity in the reply email to explain the peculiarities of TN law in regards to the legal weight of signs. Today, I received a call from the CEO. He said that as of that moment, he had just directed all of his stores to remove the signs. I asked if he had received a lot of feedback or if I had actually influenced him. He diplomatically stated that much of the feedback he had received was not as polite and reasoned as my messages, and that being made aware of TN law was a large part of the decision to remove the signs. By the time I got home today, he had sent me another email; it was a forwarded message from the manager in the Chattanooga store informing him that they had removed the signs! I don't know if any Georgia stores were ever posted, but as of today, they have been directed by the CEO to remove any of those signs. I am heartened that using polite logic and reasoning managed to sway a person of some means and power. As I communicated with the CEO, I was remembering MP's advice about influencing those on the other side. In this case, it appears the gun-free zones were made out of ignorance than actually antipathy to guns.