Imagine going about your day when you attempt to enter a business with a sign on the door that states guns are not allowed. You can come in, but the Ruger on your hip cannot. Despite that firearm being an extension of you and the positive intentions with which you carry it, entry is not allowed, no questions asked.
More and more gun owners are being faced with this reality on a day to day basis as service is essentially refused to those who open carry. Large corporations, those which are showered with monies of hard working people, have seemingly turned their backs on their patrons, refusing to allow guns inside of their establishments. A few examples of corporations that have done so include Panera, Chipotle, Starbucks, Sonic, Chili's, and Target, with Kroger possibly being son to follow. These businesses are bending to the demands of the anti-gun campaign, but what about those who carry legitimately? We are not talking about a band of thugs that goes around pillaging and harming others. We are talking about law abiding citizens who carry as a matter of personal protection; what happened to the voice of such people?
Thanks to campaigns by groups such as Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which combined forces with Mayors Against Illegal Guns to form Everytown for Gun Safety, the right to bear arms is suffering. Despite the Constitutional guarantees of the Second Amendment, movements are taking over to limit or reduce the ability of good people to carry their guns. This has a lot to do with the actions of bad people in the world, but punishing the upstanding gun owning community is not fair, nor is it a solution.
Once of the best ways to get your point across in America is to vote with your wallet. Since businesses are banning guns, perhaps it is time we ban those businesses from receiving our money. If they don't like your Ruger, then perhaps your money shouldn't passing through their fingertips. We can only hope that as their profit margins decline that corporations will realize the significance of their actions and who they choose to support.
Around the country, businesses are speaking up in favor of open carry. These places are not just open to you bringing a firearm inside, but in some cases they will even give you a discount for doing so. A few examples of places that currently cut you a break if you're carrying a piece include:
- The Cajun Experience in Leesburg, Virginia
- All Around Pizza and Deli in Virginia Beach, Virginia
- Bergeron's Boudin and Cajun Meats of Port Allen, Louisiana
For now the numbers are small, but as we push for change by properly placing our dollars, it is possible that in time the pendulum will again swing back towards acceptance of the law abiding gun owner. The weight that anti-gun measures carry is something we need to address now. If gun owners are punished for doing nothing wrong and forced to become the minority, that puts lives in danger across the board. You never know when the only person in the room with a Ruger in his or her holster will be the person who saves a life.
What are your thoughts on the growing push for gun bans in businesses? Are you already boycotting such places? Do you intend to do so in the future? Let us know in the comments.