Reader MAC writes:
Imagine you’re at a close family member’s funeral and one of the cars in the procession has a rubber pair dangling from the tow hitch. Or there’s a baby crying incessantly in the movie theater. Let’s be honest, the only good reason to carry an AR-15 into Panera is because there are zombies waiting outside. I know, Panera issued a blanket request which didn’t differentiate between concealed carry and open carry. They’ve effectively disinvited all guns . . .
But please notice their emphasis was on people feeling warm and comfortable, which doesn’t preclude keeping things concealed where ignorance is bliss. Put yourself in Panera management’s shoes for a second, though, and ask yourself if you want uncomfortable situations created in your place of business, sometimes created for political reasons, no less.
I don’t want the loud, drunk speech ranting about Obamacare at my son’s wedding. And I don’t want some jerk wearing a t-shirt that looks like a topless woman visiting the family restaurant I operate. Open carry demonstrations are about politics first, which make them out of place in a neutral environment (have you ever thought to yourself, “Shut up and sing?“). They’re also manifestly disingenuous because the whole point of carrying a rifle is that you might actually use it. So yes, I can understand why Panera made the decision they did.