Criminals entering the Magic Circle neighborhood get one warning, and it’s clearly posted: Concealed Carry Neighborhood:
Jonathan Penick and his wife, Leah, have lived in the Magic Circle neighborhood for four years.
“Neighborhood association does a real good job cleaning up, keeping crime out as much as they can, putting speed bumps in, and just taking care of the whole neighborhood,” Jonathan said.
One deterrent comes in the form of a sign that reads: “Concealed Carry Neighborhood.”
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More than half a dozen of the signs have been placed on the brick entry ways that lead to the neighborhood.
“I’m all for it,” Jonathan said. “I don’t have my concealed carry license, but we’re all for it and I think it makes for a safe neighborhood.”
The neighborhood association president said the signs are, indeed, meant to serve as a statement after an epidemic of break-ins in the neighborhood. But he admits there’s no way to know if it actually works to deter crime.
But the Tulsa Crime Commission, the non-profit organization that runs Crime Stoppers, does not support the placing of these signs.
Its executive director said the crime commission does not endorse anything that involves guns and potential violence.
The Tulsa Crime Commission doesn’t endorse anything that involves a free man using guns. A member of the government, aka a cop…well, that’s just fine.
They need a paradigm shift. The Magic Circle neighborhood association has the right idea if the goal is deterring crime.