Earlier this month, Panera Bread joined the ranks of places like Target, who have asked law abiding citizens to leave their guns at home. They believe that this will create a warmer, friendlier and safer environment for their customers. Ron Shaich’s, CEO of Panera Bread, read:
“Within our company, we strive to create Panera Warmth. This warmth means bakery-cafes where customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome. To this end, we ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer. 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.”
In a later interview, Shaich stated:
“The request is simply we recognize everyone’s rights, but we also recognize that we are building communities in our cafes and are where people come to catch a breath. We’re simply respectfully requesting that people leave their guns at home. It’s that simple.”
I’ve got news for Shaich. If he respects the rights of gun owners, he wouldn’t infringe on them by asking them to keep their guns out of Panera restaurants. Secondly, they have created a more dangerous environment for their customers and especially for their employees as would be armed robbers will be more likely to target a Panera shop knowing no one will be armed.
Most people that have a conceal carry permit carry their weapon concealed for safety reasons. Women carry them to protect themselves from robberies and sexual assaults. Men carry them to protect against being robbed, assaulted and to protect the loved ones they are with. Asking them to leave their guns AT HOME is asking people to go out unprotected if they plan on stopping in at a Panera location. I wonder if Shaich would be willing to accept the liability for anyone who does leave their gun at home because of going to a Panera and ends up getting robbed, assaulted or worse?
I also found part of his interview statement interesting about where people come to catch their breath. Have you ever seen someone who is suddenly frightened? One of the natural reactions is to take a sudden deep breath and hold it. Is that what Shaich meant referring to when the next Panera gets held up at gun point?
Evidently, a number of other people agree with me. CNBC, one of the leading liberal media outlets have a poll questioning people’s reactions to the Panera gun free announcement. At the time I’m writing this, here are the results of their poll:
That reveals that around 39,574 people out of 46,016 now have a worse opinion of Panera than before. Just as I have vowed to never shop at Target again because of their pro-homosexual and anti-gun policies, I am vowing never to eat at Panera again. They have lost my business and I urge you to do likewise. If their business takes a large enough drop after issuing this statement, then perhaps they will reconsider their anti-Second Amendment policy.
Of course people like Michael Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action are thrilled with Panera’s decision. They want everyone to be more vulnerable to attack. The more people that are assaulted with a gun the more likely they are to get more restrictive anti-gun legislation passed.
For some reason Bloomberg and Moms Demand action believe that disarming law abiding citizens is going to cut down on gun violence. They believe that criminals will also leave their guns at home before entering a Panera or Target store. I challenge Bloomberg and Moms Demand Action to tell me when the last mass shooting of a gun welcoming facility took place? All of the school shootings were in gun free zones. The theater shooting in Aurora was a gun free zone and the list goes on and on.
If gun free zones are so safe, they why does Obama have his kids attending a school with a minimum of 11 armed guards? Shouldn’t they be safer in a gun free zone?
Answer this question: Would you feel safer eating in a place that welcomes legally armed citizens or a gun free zone that is vulnerable to attack? Think about that the next time you approach a Panera and hopefully you’ll find another establishment to eat at.