According to Pleasant Prairie dentist Jean Leconte, his mission is to “treat people with dignity and respect.” According to a Kenosha Dad, however, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
A Kenosha father of two young children tells KCE that his kids were expelled from Prairie Ridge Dental Care, a dental practice in Pleasant Prairie, just days after the man expressed concern with a sign on the front of the building. The man noticed the sign on October 20, 2023, when he brought his kids in for an appointment.
We’ve all seen the signs – “no guns allowed.” “No businesses that post the sign think they are creating a safer atmosphere, it’s simply a political statement. They want people to know that they don’t support the second amendment. They put their politics ahead of their patients’ safety,” said the Dad.
The father mentioned to the receptionist that the sign isn’t a good idea and later sent a note to the clinic asking them to reconsider the sign’s presence.
The father of the two kids says that his children had an appointment for Wednesday, October 25, 2023 – one needed teeth pulled and both needed cleanings and check-ups. Two days before the appointment, a secretary called the father to confirm the appointments. Everything was set.
The day before the appointment, however, the father received a call from Prairie Ridge Dental. The father shared with us an audio recording of the call. The woman identified herself as Nicole, the office manager. She told the father that his two children were no longer patients of Prairie Ridge Dental. He asked why the decision was made and she told him that it was an “office decision.” Despite his repeated inquiries, she would not tell him why they would no longer see the children in the clinic. The Kenosha father believes that the clinic that promises to “treat everyone with dignity and respect” is a farce. “This dental office essentially refused to treat my children because they disagreed with my political viewpoints. That’s wrong,” he told KCE.
KCE believes that Heartland Dental provides contract management and other services to Prairie Ridge Dental. KCE reached out to Heartland Dental and they didn’t wish to speak with us about the issue. We also reached out to Jean Leconte, DDC and Nidia Aqil, DMD. Leconte received our communication but refused comment. We reached out to Nicole Jones, the office manager, who again, refused comment. KCE is unable to determine who, specifically made the decision to remove the children from the office’s patient list as no one is willing to take responsibility, but Nicole Jones proudly displays her preferred pronouns on her LinkedIn account. For now, though, the Kenosha Dad tells us he found a local dentist that has great reviews and doesn’t take into account their parents’ political views.
KCE contacted our friend Nik Clark, president of Wisconsin Carry, Inc. The group has successfully sued the government and other entities many times in the last decade. He is an expert on gun laws here in Wisconsin.
According to Clark, Wisconsin statute provides immunity from liability for businesses that choose to allow carry. This doesn’t mean in absolute terms that a business that puts up a sign is guaranteed to be liable if something happens (it will probably depend on the circumstances of a particular case) but for certain businesses that allow carry have immunity from liability for anything that happens as a result of that decision – businesses like Prairie Ridge Dental, give up such immunity. “For this reason most insurance companies (upon learning about Wisconsin’s immunity provision) advise their insured businesses not to prohibit carry. Insurance companies will take immunity every day of the week,” said Clark on Monday afternoon.
Interestingly, there was a Milwaukee County contractor Transit Express, that does transportation for people on government assistance or with disabilities, etc. They had signs up prohibiting carry. One employee (last name Henry) attacked another employee (Angel Medina) in the employee locker room and the employee being attacked pulled a gun from his locker and defended himself killing Henry, which was deemed justified by the DA.
The wife of the deceased, Gwendolyn Henry, sued Transit Express for wrongful death and an out of court settlement was reached. The irony is if Transit Express had ALLOWED carry they would have been immune from the lawsuit. Transit Express removed their “no carry” signs.
We asked Clark why, in his experience, businesses put up “no guns allowed” signs.
“I think its one of the following:”
“They assume they are better off legally by prohibiting carry and are unaware of Wisconsin’s immunity statute.”
2. Lack of Logical Thought
“They think anyone willing to do something bad with a gun will be deterred by a “no carry” sign. Lets face it. If you are willing to shoot someone or even just threaten them, you don’t care about a silly sign on the door. The penalty for shooting or threatening someone is far more severe than ‘trespassing’. A no guns sign is a welcome mat for a lunatic shooter because they know the respectful law-abiding folks will obey the sign.”
3. Anti-gun Political Bias
“I think this is a good percentage of the small businesses who prohibit carry. They don’t support the right to carry. They hate guns, and putting up a “no guns” sign is their personal little power-trip of imposing their belief on others. In this case, given the Dentist took the clients off his patient list. I suspect its the latter. An intolerant anti-gun bigot who doesn’t respect anyone’s right to disagree.”