ST. Louis, Mo. — Panera Bread doesn’t want guns in its restaurants.
The sandwich-and-soup chain out of St. Louis, said it doesn’t want armed customers in its more than 1,800 stores in an effort to increase the comfort of its unarmed patrons, joining a growing list of other companies who have issued similar directives.
The news is another victory for gun safety group Moms Demand Action in its campaign to get guns out of America’s restaurants and retailers.
“We ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer,” the company said in a statement. “Panera respects the rights of gun owners, but asks our customers to help preserve the environment we are working to create for our guests and associates.”
The company first announced the decision during a CNBC interview with Panera CEO Ron Shaich. He said during the interview that the company would not post anti-gun signs in its stores or require employees to confront gun owners.
Reading between the lines, it appears that if the gun owners are respectful of other customers, no one will even know that individual is armed. What I fail to comprehend is how the ordinary person is supposed to feel comfortable seeing some stranger prancing around with an AK-47 or any weapon, to be perfectly honest.
Supposedly a real gun was found in the toy section of a Target store that had recently had open carry demonstrators parading through the place with all weapons “exposed.”
INDIANAPOLIS, June 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Responding to new reports that a loaded gun was found in the toy aisle of a Target in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is today reiterating its call on Target Corp. CEO John Mulligan to prohibit the open carry of guns in its stores. Yesterday Read more…
These are common sense approaches to a serious problem. Will it solve every mass shooting? Of course not, but its a place to start.
I particularly like the notion of reforming the privacy laws. Mr. Kelly was right. NO one would tell him where his son was, because of privacy laws. How ridiculous.
Every time some nut case goes on a rampage, I ask myself what laws could have stopped the killer. In most cases a change in gun laws would have had little effect, other than keeping the seriously mentally ill from being able to get their hands on a gun.
Is this the common grown we have all been talking around?
If this dude is legal, then something is wrong. The entire state of Florida should be shut down for stupidity.
This guy has to win the worst neighbor award.
Richard Martinez will not be silenced. It is very hard, as a parent, not to agree with this man. I think that is what many of us simply do not understand. After Sandy Hook, what more will it take to have some sort of gun reform and some sort of mental health reform? Just what WILL it take?
His rage, sorrow, tenacity and determination seem to be the perfect storm. I hope he is successful in capturing the ears and commitment of America. Tech wasn’t enough. Giffords wasn’t enough. Aurora wasn’t enough. Sandy Hook wasn’t enough. Just what IS enough?
Mr. Martinez’s anguish goes beyond grief.
Richard Martinez said:
Our family has a message for every parent out there: You don’t think it will happen to your child until it does. Why did Chris die? Chris died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA. They talk about gun rights, what about Chris’ right to live?
When will this insanity stop? When will enough people say: Stop this madness, we don’t have to live like this? Too many have died. We should say to ourselves — not one more.
We can feel Richard Martinez’s anguish. However, There is more to it than craven politicians and the NRA. Is it time to put some limits on who can buy a gun? Right now, pretty much anyone who is in the United States legally who has not been convicted of a felony can buy and own a gun. Should there be more proof of sanity, for lack of a better word? Should there be certification that the potential purchaser at least knows how to shoot the gun and to take proper care of it? We do this for drivers.