Major League Baseball stadiums are “gun-free” zones. In fact, the league has started deploying metal detectors at the gates. Why? Because they don’t respect Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Their parks, their choice. Yes, well, to paraphrase the Prevaricator-in-Chief, gun control laws have consequences. For example . . .
A man [ex-LAPD officer Alex Arredondo] is in critical condition after being beaten in the Angel Stadium parking lot after the team lost Friday night’s playoff game.
At around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, the 43-year-old man and a relative were walking in the lot when they were attacked without provocation by three individuals, Anaheim police said.
The man was severely beaten and is currently in critical condition, officials said.
There was no evidence to suggest fan rivalry or an argument inside the stadium, police said, adding that there were no apparent weapons used.
Of course, there should have been a weapon used. The defenseless fan chronicled by nbclosangeles.com should have had a firearm with which to defend himself. But he couldn’t, could he? Not if he wanted to see the game.
Now you could say that he should have boycotted the game for that very reason. Knowing that potential – in this case actual – attackers no doubt knew that the chances that their victim would be able to defend his life by force of arms were about nil. And I wouldn’t disagree.
But I’m also coming ’round to the idea that businesses banning guns in areas with a known risk of violent assault should be held liable when disarmed patrons are attacked. Especially if those patrons are gun owners. Legally, the odds of prevailing in any such lawsuit are about the same as the Diamondbacks winning next year’s pennant race. Still, someone should try. [h/t mister3d]