Armed robbery at "no-guns" Applebee's
WSYX (ABC Columbus) is reporting that a gunmen held up the employees at the Applebee's on Morse Rd. near Easton about 1:45 a.m. last Wednesday. What the report doesn't mention is the fact that this Applebee's, along with others in Ohio, posted "no-guns" signs in response to the passage of Ohio's restaurant Carry bill last year.
From the article:
The restaurant was closed at the time when the masked gunman got inside through an unlocked door.
Columbus police detectives on the scene say the robbery only lasted about five minutes, but the robber got away with money from the safe.
There were two women and a man who were inside closing the restaurant at the time of the robbery.
No one was seriously hurt.
Right now, police believe this robber could be responsible for five other robberies in the Columbus area.
And so, once again, we see that while Applebee's "no-guns" signs are effective at keeping out patrons who simply wish to protect their families, they are impotent in their goal of keeping guns out of the restaurant. But if the managers choose to ignore this reality and continue to believe the signs are effective, perhaps they should also consider posting "no armed robbery" signs...
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Vice Chairman.