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Panera Bread doesn’t want guns in its restaurants

September 9th, 2014 63 comments

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KDVR.com:

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.

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James Brady, RIP

August 4th, 2014 1 comment

James Brady, Sarah Brady

Washingtonpost.com:

August 4 at 5:24 PM

James S. Brady, the often-irreverent press secretary to President Ronald Reagan who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on his boss in 1981 and who became an enduring symbol of the fight against unfettered access to guns in American society, died Aug. 4 at a retirement community in Alexandria, Va. He was 73.

Gail Hoffman, a family spokeswoman, confirmed his death and said she did not know the immediate cause. Mr. Brady had long suffered from health problems resulting from the shooting.

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Open carriers target Target

June 12th, 2014 81 comments

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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.”

www.PRNewswire.com:

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…

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Stopping Mass Shootings

June 3rd, 2014 2 comments

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?

There ought to be a law…several of them

June 3rd, 2014 10 comments

 

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.

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Former marine threatened by open carry demonstrators (Profanity alert!!)

June 3rd, 2014 17 comments

motherjones.com:

On Memorial Day this week, a former Marine in Texas named James got a couple calls from friends who’d spotted an unusual gathering in downtown Fort Worth: Roughly a dozen people, mostly men, were hanging out in the middle of the city’s cultural district, armed with semi-automatic rifles. James quickly knew what his friends were describing, having recently encountered an open-carry demonstration himself in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. An independent TV commercial producer who sometimes films live events, James headed downtown with his camera to get some footage.

What he saw there struck him as especially provocative. Not only had the open-carry activists come to a typically relaxed, family friendly part of town, they were displaying intimidating firearms just three days after a major gun massacre in Southern California. What he didn’t anticipate was that they would soon be pursuing him for several city blocks with cameras of their own, harassing him and later posting the footage online, where they would also level homophobic slurs and violent threats against him.

 

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NRA opposes long rifle protests in restaurants

June 3rd, 2014 25 comments

Huffingtonpost.com:

 

The National Rifle Association condemned the “scary” actions of open carry activists in Texas, including some who were shown in a video harassing a Marine veteran on Memorial Day.

The NRA also addressed recent no-gun policies put in place by several restaurants including Chipotle, which said it created the rule because “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”

In a May 30 statement, the NRA applauded Texans for the “robust gun culture” in the Lone Star State, but said recent public showings of gun support “crossed the line” and were “downright weird” (emphasis NRA’s).

“Using guns merely to draw attention to yourself in public not only defies common sense, it shows a lack of consideration and manners,” the NRA statement said. “That’s not the Texas way. And that’s certainly not the NRA way.”

 

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Richard Martinez: a new voice demanding change

May 28th, 2014 82 comments

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.

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A grieving father’s response

May 27th, 2014 78 comments

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.

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Guns a’blazing at Chipotle

May 21st, 2014 55 comments

Continuing…

Smart guns sound like a good idea, especially for a home where there are kids.

How on earth is a smart gun stripping anyone of their 2A rights? It doesn’t. The NRA is once again, full of it.

I would leave any establishment where assault weapons were visible.  Jon Stewart is correct.  We don’t know who the good guys are.

I assume that if there is an assault weapon present, I don’t want to be there.  Something is going down.

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