A new company has joined the growing ranks of businesses that have decided to exercise sanity over the wild cries of Freedumb! that plague this nation. On Monday, Panera Bread asked its customers to kindly leave their firearms at home when they’re purchasing bread from the bakery-cafe chain.
The chain joins Starbucks, Target, Sonic, Chili’s, and others who have instituted requests like this. In a press release on Monday, Panera said that they strive to create “Panera Warmth” in their company, adding that:
This warmth means bakery-cafes where customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome. To this end, we ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer. Panera respects the rights of gun owners, but asks our customers to help preserve the environment we are working to create for our guests and associates.
Hear that gun nuts? They want the warmth of bread, not a gun muzzle, in their restaurants.
I’m just waiting for the inevitable remarks regarding “bread ovens” and “Nazi ovens,” since subtly, like socialization, is lost on most ammosexuals. It practically sells it self, and I’m sure some gun nut on social media will make the remark thinking it’s “clever” and “insightful.”
The momentum in favor of banning guns in public places has been driven in large part by the group Moms Demand Action, who have managed to talk sense into several large companies.
The St. Louis-based Panera Bread company is a $2.4 billion company with nearly 2,000 locations nationwide. While it’s not been the focus of protests from Moms Demand Action in the past, the groups’ founder, Sharron Watts, said in the statement that the decision followed “months of discussions between Panera and Moms Demand Action.”
The companies that have decided to ask customers to leave their weapons at home often frame the policy as a request, and add that they don’t want to put employees in the position of confronting an (angry and irate) armed customer. Speaking as a customer, not just someone who works in customer service, there have been times where I am almost certain that if an irate customer had a gun, somebody would probably have died.
Good on Panera Bread for making the right choice. I pay taxes so police can enforce the peace, not armed yahoos. And if something is wrong with the police (which it clearly is), then it’s time to fix the police, not rely on John Wayne-wannabes who think they’ve been born in the wrong century.