The last seat I'd want in 'the front of the house' at a restaurant would be next to some armed adrenaline/Open Carry Euphoria peoples.
So you can't smoke inside an American eatery, but feel free to bring your Glock or strap-on long guns out to supper with you. Or let a child kill with an Uzi in broad daylight.
Panera Bread is one of the companies that has been on the right side of reason. No matter the repercussions or lost sales, there's a conscience in those actions.
The company said it respects the rights of gun owners but doesn’t want firearms brought into its stores unless carried by “an authorized law enforcement officer.”
The move was applauded by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization formed as a result of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut in 2012.
The group said Monday that Panera’s announcement came after months of talks.
“We are thrilled that after months of discussions between Panera and Moms Demand Action, Panera is taking a proactive position in favor of our families’ safety by putting a new gun policy in place,” Shannon Watts, the group’s founder, said in a statement.
“Moms are the consumers-in-chief of our households, and we will reward companies that take a stand for our families’ safety,” the group said.
Esquire had a terrific piece on the matter.
I would have thought that Georgia would be more enlightened than some western states about the dangerous consequences of allowing guns in bars and restaurants, and all it will take is a few bar owners and restaurateurs to test the law by posting signs saying “No Guns Allowed.” Until that happens, cancel my reservations in Atlanta, including at a restaurant called Gunshow, whose chef-owner, Kevin Gillespie, named the place as homage to his father, who took his young son for bonding experiences to gun shows on Sundays.
The Second Amendment is a reasonable one, but any reasonable person will wonder whether it was intended to promote the kind of arrogant license now being shoved through state legislatures. Reminds me of the lyrics in the song by the Charlie Daniels Band, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”: