Yes, you read that right; a uniformed officer was asked to leave the restaurant because it is a ‘gun free’ zone. Apparently they first asked him to take his firearm to his truck, but he refused stating that he has to be armed while in uniform. According to the article, this all started when another customer complained that she was ‘scared for her life’ because ‘police are shooting people.’ Now ask yourself this; why would anyone be so afraid of a police officer eating dinner – maybe someone with a guilty conscience, maybe someone living the ‘thug life?’ The customer even demanded to be escorted to her car ‘out of fear of being shot.’ As we say in the south, bless her heart.
First of all, I believe the restaurant asked the wrong person to leave. The police officer having dinner with his wife did absolutely nothing wrong. Yes, the company has apologized and is playing nice, but I guarantee that is only due to the negative press they are receiving. Given the same circumstances I am quite confident that they would react in exactly the same way – irrational.
These gun free zones are soft targets for crazies and an affront to lawfully armed citizens as well our first responders. When I see that stupid gun with a slash through it sign, I turn and walk away. If they are so opposed to the free exercise of our 2nd Amendment rights why in good conscience would I ever patronize their business? No, they can keep their bloomin’ onion and I’ll take my business elsewhere. Goodbye Outback, I certainly hope your future successes (or failures) are reflective of your poor decisions.
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Keep your powder dry!