October 2013 • Issue No. 43
I Refuse to Support a Company that Doesn’t Support Me…
BY TIM SCHMIDT – USCCA FOUNDER
Tim SchmidtI’ve been a regular patron of my local Buffalo Wild Wings for several years now, ever since they opened in late 2009.
I WAS a regular patron of my local Buffalo Wild Wings for several years. That is—until they posted a sign banning guns on their premises. As you can imagine, I saw that sign and turned right back around. I never made it inside.
I did a little research and found that earlier this year, Buffalo Wild Wings corporate headquarters came under fire over their stance on concealed weapons in their corporate franchises around the country. They issued the following statement:
“Buffalo Wild Wings respects the right of individuals to carry firearms. One of our top priorities is the comfort, safety and enjoyment of our Guests and we have elected to exercise our right to prohibit the carrying of firearms in our company-owned restaurants. We regret any inconvenience this may cause but believe that this long-standing position is in the best interest of our Guests and our Team Members. This position may vary in independently owned franchised locations.”
Hold on a second. Best interest? I don’t know about you, but I don’t believe anyone knows more about my best interest than me.
The sad part is that this is just one example in a string of similar incidents. Other well-known companies across the nation have faced major scrutiny for their stances on guns.
You’ll likely recall how just last month Starbucks ignited outrage from the concealed carry community after calling guns “unwelcome” in their stores. The funny thing is, Starbucks also issued a statement saying they weren’t actually banning firearms and that customers who carry will not be asked to leave. As much as I don’t like their choice of the word “unwelcome,” at least they’re leaving the choice to carry in my hands—exactly where it should be.
My point in all of this is that if I let down my guard and continue to support a company that doesn’t support my rights, I might as well jump to the other side of the fence. You may think it’s an extreme move, but it’s the right one for me. You and I both know that any attempt to infringe on our right to protect ourselves and our families—even seemingly small attempts—are still dangerous.
I carry to keep my family safe—and if I can’t do that while out for some chicken wings, then I’ll simply take my business elsewhere. What will YOU do?
Take Care and Stay Safe,
Publisher – Concealed Carry Report
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As a responsible gun owner, I too am boycotting any business that has such a policy.
Guess I better start a list:
- P.F. Chang
- Waffle House
- (adding) Buffalo Wild Wings
Did I miss anyone?
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