If you are a gun owner and are concerned about preserving your Second Amendment rights, you know that there are a lot of people who truly believe that disarming everyday citizens will reduce the crime rate and put an end to tragedies like the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre and the other terrible shooting incidents that fill the news these days. It seems like everybody from Michael Bloomburg to Sarah Brady and Gabrielle Giffords is out to take your guns away, and they are very vocal about it.
However they are not the worst threat to your (and my) right to have a firearm, no matter what the National Rifle Association tells you. Because while the NRA, the Second Amendment Foundation, and every other pro-gun group around is focusing on them, the worst enemy to gun owners is the guy standing next to you at the local gun show or at your favorite gun shop. We have lost more ground in this battle because of our fellow gun owners than from all of the organized anti-gun groups combined.
Here are two examples; Recently, after a bunch of yayhoos showed up at a Chipotle restaurant in Texas in an “open carry” demonstration, the restaurant banned guns on their premises. And in my old hometown in Arizona a locally owned restaurant has also banned guns after three idiots made it a point of placing their handguns on the table while eating. What purpose did that serve, except to show what jerks they were?
In the Chipotle case, here is a widely-circulated picture showing two customers with their rifles in the restaurant. In response, Chipotle issued a statement saying: “The display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.” I don’t blame them, I’m a gun guy, but I’d feel pretty uncomfortable if these idiots were across the aisle from me.
I’ve said it many times before and I still believe that while every responsible law-abiding citizen in the United States should have the right to own and even carry a firearm, there are a hell of a lot of them who have absolutely no business doing so. Things like this are why more and more businesses, including Starbucks, have instituted a no guns policy.
Nobody needs to take an AR-15 or any other kind of long gun into a restaurant or other public place. Nobody needs to put a handgun on the table while dining in a restaurant. Don’t give me a bunch of bullshit rhetoric about your rights under the Second Amendment, because I’ve read it. Nowhere does it say you have the right to be a dumb ass.
These clowns think they are proving a point, and they are. But it’s not the point they think it is. They are proving to the people in the middle, not the pro or anti-gun side, that any fool without a felony record who meets the basic requirements to do so can buy a gun. And that he shouldn’t have one.
Years ago when Arizona first created a concealed carry permit, a business associate was among the first to take the course and get a CCW permit. I said then that it was only a matter of time before he got into trouble and lost it. It took less than 30 days. The first incident happened when we were having a luncheon meeting and he asked me what kind of handgun I preferred. I told him my preference was for Colt .45 semiautomatics and he immediately pulled his six inch barreled .357 magnum from his shoulder holster to show it to me. Sitting at the counter across from our booth was the Chief of Police and his lieutenant, and they immediately landed on him like white on rice. Once it was determined that he wasn’t trying to use the gun, he was given a very strong lecture by all three of us. If his wife had not been a very well known and respected business owner in our small town he would have been arrested. And he should have been.
But did the idiot learn his lesson? Hell no! Not two weeks later he was in line at the motor vehicle department and noticed a state trooper standing in line behind him. He struck up a conversation with the cop, asked him what kind of gun he carried on duty, then reached inside his jacket and did the same damn thing! This time he wasn’t so lucky. The cop immediately tackled him, secured the gun, and arrested him. He lost his gun, he lost his CCW permit, and he got a police record for brandishing a weapon in public and for carrying a weapon into a state office. All I could do was shake my head and say “I told you so.”
I have a CCW that is valid in something like 35 states. I seldom leave home unarmed. But how many of you who have had dinner with me or visited someplace knew I was carrying? That’s the way it should be. I don’t have a need to show off my weapon or to try to impress anybody with my firepower.
Somebody said that by prohibiting customers from carrying guns, restaurants make it easier for criminals to rob the businesses. Really? Since when did an armed citizen take on the job of crime fighter? Because if somebody robs the local fast food joint while I’m there, I’m minding my own business and keeping a low profile as long as he leaves quietly. I’m not a cop and I don’t feel the need to get into a gunfight in a restaurant full of people over the $70 in the till.
Yes, I know all about the Luby’s Cafeteria shooting and the one in the Colorado movie theater and others like that. In such a situation I’d do what I felt was necessary. But I don’t think I’d need my AR-15 to get the job done, so I won’t be carrying it in with me.
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