Andy Parker’s daughter Alison was the reporter shot to death on live TV. Since his daughter’s murder, Mr. Parker has been an itinerant advocate for civilian disarmament. As you’d expect, the anti-gun mainstream media has given Mr. Parker’s misguided, self-righteous gun control crusade the oxygen of publicity. The nydailynews.com, for example, has donated editorial space to Mr. Parker’s cause. He used it to belittle, demean and generally berate an open carrier dining at an Outback Steakhouse.
I told the server we were leaving and on the way out I told the guy with the gun who I was and said, “We’re leaving because of you.” He just shrugged and mumbled something to the person sitting next to him. I called the manager and she said Outback’s policy is to allow open carry because it is legal in Virginia, but alcohol would not be served to the carrier.
All I could think of was this fool with a gun pretending to be a badass. If an incident did occur, he would either be ducking under a table, running away like his fellow badasses who did nothing during the Dallas shootings in July, or worst case pulling out his gun and shooting everything and everyone other than his intended target.
Mr Parker took his case — such as it is — to Outback management. They assured him that their restaurants are “gun-free zones.” They promised to post appropriate signage and inform their mistaken managers that non-LEO firearms aren’t allowed in their establishments.
The steakhouse robber Monday night fired two shots through an office door with restaurant workers inside, police said. The bullets missed employees, but one employee suffered minor injuries from broken glass and another was pistol-whipped.
“Was he shooting at somebody? To tell you the truth, I don’t know,” Harbove said. “It was so close, it was tough to tell. The one girl, if she doesn’t move, she probably would have got hit. I’ll tell you, I would have been scared.”
Here’s another one via sfgate.com:
In 10 minutes of terror and panic shortly after midnight Friday, Deputy John Paul Monego was shot and killed after responding to a 911 call, a fellow deputy and several restaurant employees and patrons were taken hostage, and the suspects arrested after they wrecked their car trying to flee.
Monego, 33, a 13-year veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department, assigned to its Dublin office since January, was pronounced dead at 12:20 a.m. Saturday at Eden Hospital in Castro Valley. He had been shot at least six times.
Clearly, Mr. Parker prefers that Outback patrons be unarmed and defenseless. You know, so that the “real” good guys can take care of business without interference from a non-LEO “badass,” should the worst occur (again). Wrong answer.