As Western Journalism reported recently, popular restaurant chain Chipotle recently caved to pressure by anti-gun lobbyists by requesting customers refrain from bringing firearms into its establishments. This move represented just the latest in an ongoing effort to make sure Americans are helpless to stop an attack in any public place.
Restaurants are already common targets for robberies, and prospective criminals looking for a target can be emboldened by publicized policies prohibiting weapons. This could have been the case at a North Carolina eatery that was recently struck by a gang of armed intruders.
According to local reports, three suspects entered The Pit through a rear door and forced employees to lie on the floor at gunpoint. Two employees were injured during the altercation, with one requiring a trip to the hospital.
Furthermore, a number of customers were just a few feet away as the potentially deadly attack transpired. The trio of criminals, each wearing hooded sweatshirts, escaped capture, prompting restaurant owner Greg Hatem to offer a cash reward for their apprehension and conviction.
“We take this very seriously,” he said. “We want to make sure our guests and our staff are taken care of.”
As Town Hall pointed out, the recently opened restaurant boasted a large sign on its front door announcing that “no weapons” and “no concealed firearms” are permitted within the business.
With the majority of mass shootings taking place within so-called ‘gun-free zones’ like schools, hospitals, or cinemas, it is clear that those with an intent to cause harm are not dissuaded by such signs. The only individuals who abide by these restrictions, it seems, are gun owners who could possibly prevent a massacre by using their own firearms.
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The anti-Second Amendment crowd, however, would have Americans believe that simply declaring that guns are prohibited in a given location somehow makes everyone safer.
Incidents like this robbery prove that, if anything, such shortsighted rules actually have the opposite effect.
Photo Credit: The Pit Authentic BBQ