When is the last time you heard of an armed robbery or shooting in a gun friendly zone? All of the school shootings, including the latest in Santa Barbara, took place in gun free zones. The shootings at Fort Hood also took place on gun free zones, believe it or not. Yes, most of our military bases are gun free zones except for military police and weapons training.
Any intelligent person should see the pattern of shootings and armed robberies do occur in gun free zones. The last thing you would expect them to do is ban guns from their business and then post signs telling all would be shooters or robbers what they did.
Jack in the Box fast food restaurants is among those that fail to see what’s happened elsewhere and decided to repeat the same mistake that others have made.
It all started several weeks ago with an open carry protest in Texas. A number of the protesters, still openly carrying their sidearms then went to a Jack in the Box restaurant to eat. Supposedly it frightened guests and employees who called the police, making a big deal out of nothing illegal.
Once the incident hit the news, anti-gun groups like Moms Demand Action, crawled out of their anti-Second Amendment corners and launched a blitz of anti-gun rhetoric at the open carry protesters and Jack in the Box. As a result, Brian Luscomb, Vice President of Corporate Communications for Jack in the Box issued the following statement:
“Creating a warm and inviting environment for all of our guests and employees is a top priority for Jack in the Box. The presence of guns inside a restaurant could create an uncomfortable situation for our guests and employees and lead to unintended consequences. While we respect the rights of all our guests, we would prefer that guests not bring their guns inside our restaurants.”
Within 10 days of their announcement, 3 Jack in the Box restaurants were held up at gunpoint. In Houston, 4 men wearing masks and gloves held employees and customers at gunpoint as they robbed them all.
It seems that Jack in the Box has set themselves up to be the victims of armed robberies by asking guests to keep their guns outside. Before caving into the anti-gun whiners, they should have looked back at what happened in a Houston Denny’s restaurant last August.
A couple was having an early morning breakfast (4am). The wife had gone to the restroom, but when she emerged, she saw her husband lying on the floor of the restaurant with six armed robbers around him. She did what all good law abiding citizens should do in this situation when she pulled out her gun and started shooting at the men. The gunmen returned fire before leaving the restaurant.
Police said that no one was hurt in the shootout, but several cars in the parking lot were hit. The men fled the scene in a car with only some jewelry they managed to steal before facing the pistol packin’ wife. She did get a description of the car and the license plate which she gave to the police.
If more responsible law abiding people carried guns and used them like this lady did, we might actually see a reduction in gun related crimes. However, with more and more businesses announcing that they are going gun free, I’m certain we’ll see more gun related crimes committed in these ‘safe’ places. I wonder how many more armed robberies it will take for Jack in the Box executives to reconsider their policy?