Technically, Augie’s Bourbon Street Cafe’s failure to detect Jasmine N. Jones’s handgun didn’t “lead” to LaKisha Neal’s murder. The Minneapolis gentlemen’s venue is no more responsible for the fatal headshot than the Bank of the West in Stockton, CA is responsible for the hail of police bullets that claimed the life of a hostage. But the fact that the club’s security personnel failed to detect Ms. Jones firearm reveals a simple inescapable fact: political correctness kills. For proof we turn to Augie’s owner Brian “My Name Is Not Augie” Michaels . . .
Augie’s owner Brian Michael, whose club is staffed with several security personnel and equipped with extensive video surveillance and a metal detector at the door, said Jones avoided being caught coming in with a gun “by concealing her firearm in her crotch area.”
Michael said Jones and her purse were searched after she set off the metal detector and she was asked whether she had a firearm, a question all patrons are asked at the door, Michael added. She responded that she did not and was allowed to enter, he said.
“We did not grab her crotch area,” Michael said, adding that his security staff includes men and women.
“It’s fundamentally more difficult to search women than men,” the club owner said, noting that women tend to have more metal on them in the forms of jewelry, piercings or wiring as part of their undergarments. “There are gender sensitivities when searching a woman. … She took advantage of that. [How she hid the gun] was outside of our imagination.”
As for searching men, Michael said, they “are not given the same courtesies. We’ll make men go through more. … I don’t care as much how a guy might be humiliated.”
The startribune.com article also reveals that this is not the first time an armed patron has avoided detection. In March of last year, a student of the female form secreted a gat in his wheelchair, eventually and perhaps poetically shooting a fellow strip club devotee in the leg. What does all this tell you about the safety of “gun-free” clubs, pubs, nightclubs and strip clubs? Or, indeed, any “gun-free zone”?