The Guns Welcome signs springing up are a sign of the real power of the people.
Despite groups like Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety with lots of money to give to anti-gun campaigns, the Second Amendment enjoys broad grassroots support. This means that, without spending much money, virtually any pro-gun forces can push back hard.
For example, according to the Washington Times, restaurants are putting up signs that tell customers they have no problem with armed patrons. This may not always be because they are natural supporters of the Second Amendment. Sometimes the restaurant owners just don’t want to lose the business.
The owners of TBonz Steakhouse in Augusta, Georgia, decided to be proactive when Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law one of the most comprehensive pro-gun bills in the country this April, which allowed firearms into the state’s bars and restaurants.
The eatery hung up a “No Guns” sign on its front door.
Its customer backlash was so harsh and quick that the steakhouse immediately took down the sign and then posted a mea culpa on its Facebook page.
“The sign that was put up regarding firearms has been removed,” TBonz said in its Facebook posting this May. “It was our intention to get the attention of IRRESPONSIBLE gun owners. But then we realized that irresponsible gun owners do not pay attention to signs.”
That was a nice save, but TBonz realization probably was a direct result of the threat of losing business.
No hard feelings. I’m glad he saw the light.
But this shows you the power of the gun owners in the United States. There are many restaurant owners who believe in the Second Amendment and there are many restaurant customers who also believe in the Second Amendment. The ancient principle that “the customer is always right” really helps promote the Second Amendment.
None of this seems to cost that much money. The Washington Times mentions an organization with the website, www.2amendment.org, that lists pro-gun businesses. 57,000 businesses have registered with them nationally.
That is grassroots advocacy that is far more powerful than Bloomberg’s money.