Gun ban extremists' expected ''Business Blitz'' begins
As gun ban extremists have lost their fight against concealed carry legislation in state after state after state, their next course of action is to try to discourage people from exercising their newly-recognized right.
Although the methods vary, the reason is transparent. As proven in state after state, the more people who carry, the greater the downward impact on crime will be, and the more their dire warnings will be shown for the fear-mongering that they are.
And so it begins in Ohio. As we've all come to expect, the media is helping lead the charge.
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Cleveland Plain Dealer
Business owners are allowed to post signs banning weapons. "It's going to lead to tragedies and accidents of all kinds, and will provide no discernible benefit to the state," Sen. Eric Fingerhut (D-Cleveland) said.
Ram Regulapati doesn’t want any customers walking into his Westerville sub shop with guns hidden under their clothing. So, as soon as Ohio’s concealed-weapons bill becomes law, the manager of Quizno’s Classic Subs, 121 Westerville Plaza, will hang a sign that no concealed firearms are allowed.
Dayton Daily News
Stacey Thomas can see no reason for customers to bring guns into her family's two Golden Nugget restaurants, even if a new state law allows people to carry concealed weapons. "The way I feel, I'm responsible for everyone in here that enters. Personal views or not, I'm responsible for my employees and I'm also responsible for my customers," Thomas said.
Elyria Chronicle Telegram
"There might be quite a few “No Guns Allowed” signs around these parts pretty soon. Many city governments and businesses intend to forbid employees from carrying weapons, and some will post signs keeping others who are armed out of their workplaces."
Lorain Morning Journal
''We don't want guns in our workplace, and that policy will not change. If you're going to come to pay your bill, leave your gun at the edge of town.'' Kevin Haezebroeck, publisher of The Morning Journal.
New Philadelphia Times-Reporter
"I hope people don’t start packing just because the law says they can," Director of Community Relations at Dover’s Union Hospital Carey Gardner. "It’s a waste of time dealing with it," said Bob Brewster, owner of the Canton Flower Shop. "I don’t think it will be that big a problem. Crooks are going to be crooks. Why you would want to carry a gun is beyond me. I’m not sure who it’s helping."
Since Dayton Golden Nuggets store owner Stacey Thomas assumes responsibility for everyone who enters her stores, does she thereby guarantee their protection from criminals who won't care about her signs? Will she waive her protection from liability if she renders her employees or customers defenseless and they are attacked on her property?
Neither the Cleveland Plain Dealer or Lorain Morning Journal bothered to call for OFCC's take on the business issue. Dayton Daily News reporter Lynn Hulsey did an extensive interview with OFCC on this subject, but didn't mention a word of it in their report. So we will do so here:
Upon passage of Tennessee's concealed carry law in 1995, the Captain D's restaurant chain made a decision to ban concealed-carry permit holders from their restaurants. Rather than post signs, which they feared would drive away business, the chain obtained a liquor-by-the-drink permit, and placed a beer bucket in the front window. They did NOT place their new product on the menu!
After a series of extremely violent robberies and murders of employees in several fast-food stores (which became known in the media as "the Captain D's murders', the restaurant chain quietly removed their beer buckets.
To their credit, the Columbus Dispatch interviewed an OFCC spokesperson in their report:
"Ohioans for Concealed Carry will list on its Web site the names of businesses that ban guns, said James Irvine, a spokesman of the Cleveland-based group.
However, Irvine said the move does not represent a boycott.
"We just want to inform our supporters about which businesses to stay away from, if they’re carrying (a concealed gun)," he said.
"We don’t want our people to violate the law."
An opponent of the legislation predicted merchants won’t rush to ban guns in their stores.
"Retailers are incredibly intimidated by the threat of boycotts," said Lori O’Neill, president of the Cleveland chapter of the Million Mom March."
UPDATE: Leave it to one honest Newark Advocate reporter to mess if up for all of them!: Businesses not worried about fallout from gun bill