By Dean Weingarten
Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)-A Tennessee restaurant is welcoming armed citizens. The decision was made after the owner read about a convenience store manager that was shot after putting up a “No Weapons Allowed” sign, and after she lost business because some customers thought that she did not allow armed citizens inside. From wbir.com:
“They had put up a sign that said ‘No Weapons Allowed' and they were robbed at gunpoint two days later. The convenience store manager was shot,” said Floyd. “And that got me thinking. I lost a whole group of motorcyclists because they thought I didn't allow weapons. But I believe it's ok to carry as long as you have a permit.”
The restaurant's name, Shiloh Brew and Chew, has confused some customers. The owner says that the support she has received after putting up the “Guns Welcome” sign is overwhelming:
“Brew is for coffee, chew is for food. So in my mind, my concept all went together. But after I made a $3,000 sign and paid for it, I realized that was not a good marketing idea,” laughed Floyd. “But the ‘Guns are Welcome' signs have helped boost business.”
She said while one man said he would not come back to her establishment, more than 20 new customers have come through her doors since she posted the signs on three doors.
This is why the Bloomberg media campaign to force national chains to ban guns will fail. There are many alternatives. Gun owners make up a third or more of the population. Competitive pressures and common sense will push business owners to this restaurant's solution, or at least to neutrality. Even the national chains have been unwilling to actually “ban guns”. They just issue nonbinding “requests” to placate the Bloomberg media campaign.
The numbers mentioned by the restaurant owner, 20-1, reflect what we see in online polls. While not scientific, thee polls accurately measure “intensity”. Online polls show that in the population of people who care about the issue, second amendment supporters outnumber those opposed to an armed population by ratios of 3-10 to one. No doubt those numbers vary considerably by location, with “intense” anti-armed population supporters highly concentrated in a few urban areas. The ratios are reflected in membership numbers for groups pushing for severe restrictions on peoples ability to own and access firearms. Those groups, such as the Brady Campaign, and Moms Demand Action, have actual membership levels that are a tiny fraction of what second amendment supporters have. This is well documented in “Rise of the Anti-Media” by Brian Anse Patrick.
About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.