On September 8 2014, Panera Bread bakery-cafes joined Chipotle, Jack in the Box, Chili’s, Sonic, and Target in asking law-abiding customers to shop unarmed in its stores.
The news originally broke on Twitter, where Everytown for Gun Safety tweeted Panera’s request: “Please don’t bring guns into our cafes.”
According to the Huffington Post, Panera released the following statement:
Within our company, we strive to create Panera Warmth. 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.
On July 2 2014, Target “respectfully” requested that law-abiding citizens shop unarmed, and Breitbart News reported the chain was robbed twice in the days after the request was made. And on July 22 2014, just weeks after Target’s request, Breitbart News reported a murder in a Los Angeles-area Target parking lot.
On May 23, Breitbart News also covered two robberies and a shooting in the weeks that followed Jack in the Box’s request that law-abiding citizens enter its business unarmed, as well.
On September 2 2014, it was reported that 57,000 businesses were fighting back against the gun control push that led Chipotle, Jack in the Box, Chili’s, Sonic, Target–and now Panera–to ask customers, who adhere to the law, to shop unarmed.
Those 57,000 businesses are putting “guns welcome” signs on their front doors.
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His southern drawl is frequently heard discussing his take on current events on radio shows like America’s Morning News, the G. Gordon Liddy Show, the Ken Pittman Show, and the NRA’s Cam & Company, among others. He was a Visiting Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (summer 2010), and he holds a PhD in military history from Texas Tech University.