Well, that sure took long.
After a long day of countless #BurritosNotBullets Twitter posts, Chipotle has come out to say that they will now ask customers not to bring their firearms into their restaurants. Read their full statement here.
Recently participants from an “open carry” demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants, causing many of our customers anxiety and discomfort. Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.
Historically, we felt it enough to simply comply with local laws regarding the open or concealed carrying of firearms, because we believe that it is not fair to put our team members in the uncomfortable position of asking that customers refrain from bringing guns into our restaurants. However, because the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers, we think it is time to make this request.
In a statement earlier today, the company said that “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers”. Originally, Chipotle did not ask the gun rights advocates to leave after bringing their “assault rifles” into the restaurant because they were following local laws regarding open and concealed carry. There’s that word again! Assault rifles. Good grief.
I found this information after scrolling through my Facebook feed about an hour a go. This comment made me chuckle.
Ok, explain this to me. Why would you call them a ‘dangerous jerk’ and end your sentence with “what are you going to do, shoot me?” As if to imply that you don’t feel threatened. So why is someone dangerous if you don’t feel threatened by them? Why is someone a jerk for exercising their right to own a gun? Is it because they followed LOCAL laws and Chipotle didn’t kick them out? Really, that makes someone a jerk?
Anyways, so after a bunch of anti-gun nuts harass Chipotle via social media, the company buckles at the knees and boom. Guns are no longer allowed. Here are a couple of Tweets from this morning that had Chipotle so scared of losing customers.
There’s that word yet again. It’s not an assault rifle or a ‘military style assault rifle’ as stated in ABC’s recent article. They were carrying semi-automatic rifles. There’s a difference, look it up.
All in all, I think a lot of people over-reacted. No one was hurt or shot at. You had law-abiding citizens that decided to eat at a restaurant after participating in a pro-gun rally. If you ask me, this goes to show that these citizens aren’t the danger here.
Sadly, they all whined on Twitter and Facebook and got their way.