Diatribe: If You Need To Carry A Gun To Buy A Burger, You Probably Should Cook At Home.
I’ve, basically, come to terms with the fact that it’s all but impossible to find a place where there are no guns. It frightens me. I can choose to keep weapons out of my house and my car but, other than that, I’ve learned to live under the assumption that every person I encounter might be carrying a loaded weapon.
It didn’t used to be like this. I’d wager that the majority of baby boomers grew up in an environment where guns and rifles were pretty scarce. As far as we knew, nobody carried a gun in public unless they were an officer of the law and then they had it only to keep us safe. Now I find myself surrounded by people who have taken this responsibility upon themselves. Those who did carry a weapon carried a concealed weapon and made great efforts to ensure that it was concealed so as not to frighten the women and children.
Last weekend, I stopped for a burger at a fast-food chain along the interstate. While I was eating my lunch, a man and a woman entered the restaurant to place an order on the counter. The man was wearing a holster around his waist and carrying a gun. It hadn’t occurred to me that this particular hamburger joint might be a dangerous place to be … until he came in with his gun. The atmosphere in the restaurant changed immediately as he seemed to want everyone to know that he was “packin’ heat”. Eventually, his female companion convinced him to cover his gun with his shirt. Perhaps should could see that he was making the other customers uncomfortable.
If he thought the restaurant would be so dangerous, why didn’t he go somewhere else?
Apparently, there are guns in office buildings now. Internal memos about possessing weapons as if there are people in the business community who need to be reminded that it’s considered inappropriate to bring a crossbow to the office! For example:
“Tenant shall not possess, nor permit its employees, agents or invites to possess, any weapon on the Leased Premises or any part thereof. The term “Weapon” includes but is not limited to: hand guns of any kind and their ammunition; rifles, shotguns, or other similar weapons and their ammunition; bows, arrows, crossbows, knives or any other device that may be construed as a weapon (folding pocket knives with a blade length no longer than four (4) inches are excluded); and any explosive device, including fireworks, firecrackers and ammunition.” – Reminder From Office Building Management
Why is a memo like this necessary? Is it because of insurance reasons? Probably. I imagine that an office building might be included in a lawsuit should a shooting take place within its walls. This didn’t happen when I was young. Is it simply because there are more guns than there used to be? Could be. Is it because gun-related crime appears to be at an all-time high? That’s my guess.
Is there anywhere that we can go where we can feel with absolutely certainty that we cannot be shot by someone with a gun? I don’t think so … not with absolute certainty. Even though he was carrying a gun to buy his burger, I don’t think that man’s friend felt safe at all. In fact, I bet she wished he’d left it in the car … or maybe at home.
Do you wonder, as you go about your business, who might be carrying a gun?
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