By Kimberly Bloom Jackson
When my husband and I arrived at the door of a local restaurant that came highly recommended to us, we couldn’t believe our eyes.
On their door was the infamous “NO GUNS” sign. We looked at each other in disbelief. How could the owner of the restaurant be so stupid as to draw attention to an establishment full of unarmed customers? Worse yet, how could customers be so stupid? It’s like hanging an “easy target” sign around every neck.
Fact is, mindless gun-free zones are what mass shootings have in common. They are killing zones, free from good guys with guns. That’s why the Aurora movie theater killer chose the more distant theater where guns were not allowed and thus where he wouldn’t have to worry about his plan being foiled.
Still, too many people remain in denial. Recently, an Olive Garden employee asked an on duty Kansas City police officer who was in full uniform to leave the restaurant because he was—wait for it—carrying a gun!
Intense reaction to the incident on social media prompted an Olive Garden spokesperson to apologize for the “misunderstanding.” “We love having members of law enforcement dine with us,” he said. Really? Olive Garden may say they love law enforcement, but did you know they hate the Second Amendment?
As for that restaurant with the “no gun” sign my husband and I visited, needless to say, we moved on to safer turf.
I tell you this story because it’s part of a bigger picture about principles. You see, we no longer patronize businesses that we know are actively working to erode our freedoms and values, like our natural right of self-defense. In other words, we’ll gladly patronize Chick-Fil-A, which proudly supports all of my civil rights, over restaurants like Olive Garden that do not.
If you’re concerned about promoting businesses that use your hard earned dollars to undermine your way of life, then I encourage you to check out 2ndvote.com. I promise, it’s quite the eye-opener. You can peruse a list of establishments and learn where they stand on the Second Amendment, right to life, and other issues important to freedom loving people. What businesses are you patronizing that donate money to organizations responsible for crushing your rights? You might be surprised.
As I see it, if principles really do matter, then I shouldn’t be supporting the very establishments that threaten everything I stand for. That’s just stupid.
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