Let's face it. In every movement, there are those who act foolishly, setting the movement back, rather than advancing it. As has been well publicized, this happened recently at Sonic. Some yahoos, rather than being good ambassadors for the cause, decided to carry long guns to the Sonic, sparking a backlash.
Note to said yahoos, check out my recent column on Open Carry and the Court of Public Opinion. Then, try to act like adults. I understand that it is frustrating that Texas law very stringently requires Concealed Carry, but you need to win hearts and minds if you ever expect to change that.
Rifles, particularly those held 'at the ready', (dare I say being brandished), put people on edge, and give the appearance of belligerency. This is no way to win those hearts and minds.
Now, seeing reports of Sonic's response, but noting the dissonance between some headlines and stories, I reached out to Sonic, and asked for a statement of their position.
Here is the question,
Saturday, May 31, 2014 7:54 PM
To: Patrick Lenow
Vice President of Media Relations
Subject: Gun Policy
Would you please provide me with information concerning your gun policy to share with my readers. I need primary source information to make sure I am quoting it accurately.
Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner
Here is the response,
From: Patrick Lenow
to: Liston Matthews
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 5:46 PM
RE: Gun Policy
Dear Mr. Matthews:
Here is the statement we made after numerous locations were the location for open carry demonstrations:
Sonic and our franchise owners work hard to provide an inviting environment for customers and employees alike. While we historically have relied upon local laws to guide how we address the display of guns at drive-ins, recent actions required we carefully reconsider this approach. We've considered the views and desires of our customers and employees that staff the drive-ins across the country. Accordingly, we’re asking that customers refrain from bringing guns onto our patios or into our indoor dining areas. With respect to the storage of guns in vehicles, we ask that our customers continue to honor local laws. (emphasis added)
Vice President, Public Relations
300 Johnny Bench Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
So, I think that we can infer that Sonic is not going to be putting NO GUNS signs at their parking lot entrances. Hopefully they won't put up signs at their patios, as these signs too often seem to be magnets for deranged killers.
As mentioned in my post mentioned above, Open Carry can be used to good effect. If you open carry, I suggest dressing in business casual mode.
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