Second Amendment advocates – along with significant empirical evidence – suggest gun-free zones only create a safe haven for violent criminals. Western Journalism has reported on a number of crimes involving firearms in public places that prohibit guns, including the armed robbery of a recently opened barbecue restaurant in North Carolina.
Additionally, in the days following fast food chain Jack in the Box’s decision to become gun-free, patrons and employees at three separate locations became victims of gun crimes.
Nevertheless, more and more restaurants continue to join the growing gun-free movement.
Starbucks gave in to pressure to prohibit firearms in its many locations last year. Chipotle announced its intention to curtail the rights of its law-abiding customers following protests by anti-Second Amendment activists last month.
This week, two more restaurant chains – Sonic and Chili’s – have made similar proclamations.
“We kindly ask that guests refrain from openly carrying firearms into our restaurants,” a Chili’s statement stated, concluding that the brand “will continue to follow state and local laws on this issue.”
Sonic was even more concise in promoting its new policy.
“We’re asking that customers refrain from bringing guns onto our patios or into our indoors dining areas,” the company said.
If not directly putting customers and staff in physical harm, many conclude such policies could have a devastating financial impact on these well-known brands.
— Mr T 2 (@GovtsTheProblem) May 31, 2014
As with the Chipotle decision, the move by Chili’s and Sonic was reportedly precipitated by demonstrations by gun owners in Texas.
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) May 27, 2014
Once again, Michael Bloomberg-backed anti-gun group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is taking credit for the development.
— Moms Demand Action (@MomsDemand) May 30, 2014
Such groups are noticeably less outspoken when the gun-free zones they help create are exploited by violent criminals bent on death and destruction.