Michael in GA writes:
It’s Saturday morning, 6:30 am. My day to sleep in and I am dreaming, or having a nightmare about hunters running and riding horseback around the neighborhood in which I grew up and I’m stuck in the middle. I blame Dean for posting his bear hunt story I read the night before. A lion charged me and then…RING! My wife and I wake up to the sound of the phone and my wife says, “Uh oh”. A call that early means one thing . . .
My son who left for work a half hour earlier has been in another wreck or has broken down. I say that because he has been through six vehicles in the last seven years of driving. He’s 23. He’s had two incidents since March and I fear this was number three in six months. I answer the phone.
Good news, relatively: He is broken down with a dead battery only ten miles away. I get dressed, grab my keys, cell phone, and EDC pistol (my GLOCK 19) in an IWB holster.
I get to him and give him a jump and charge the battery long enough to get to the nearest parts store. Thankfully, Advance Auto Parts is close by. O’Reilly or NAPA would have been acceptable. Anybody but AutoZone, a company that fired an employee who stopped an armed robber with his gun. I don’t support boycotts in general but when a company shows blatant disregard for common sense, and they take action that is in opposition to what even anti-gun folks would consider appropriate, I have to take my business elsewhere given the chance. At the time that this story broke, I wrote an email to Autozone’s CEO and voiced my opinion swearing never to patronize their business again. I did not even own guns at the time but I have always supported the right.
So today at Advance, the guy tests the battery and the alternator. We need to replace the alternator. My son and I come out with the new part and I’m showing him how to replace it when I hear a man behind me enthusiastically say “Thanks for carrying!” I turn around and see another store employee that had just come out and he can tell by the look on my face that I don’t know what he is talking about. I thought, “Doesn’t everybody carry the parts they just bought?”.
Then, a la H.I. McDonnough, he slaps his hip twice and says, “I love to see people carrying.” I say “Thanks for pointing out that I exposed it” as I readjust my t-shirt. He says “No, I just saw the belt clip. Most people don’t don’t notice that, but I do and I say thanks to everyone I see carrying because I do, too.” Then he pats his cargo pocket indicating he’s packing. So he carries in the store while working. I don’t know what Advance’s policy is on employees bringing guns in, but it obviously doesn’t not concern this guy.
If for no other reason, I would rather shop where I know there are good guys with guns.