Last newsletter I wrote about anti-gun businesses in our community. I have an update on a couple of them and some more to add to the list.
First, Adams Bank & Trust. We have now moved all our cash accounts from their establishment to the much more accommodating Canon National Bank. I spoke with the manager at Adams one last time and she became so upset with the conversation that she ended it abruptly. There just was no common sense reasoning she would understand. Even two robberies in less than two full days did not convince her that criminals will not abide by their sign and/or simply are too illiterate to read and comprehend it.
Second, Safelite Auto Glass. It seems that we had some impact on their anti-gun stance. After getting wind of our newsletter to 1500 members they have taken down all signage pertaining to no guns in or on premise to include the parking lot. My understanding is that this was a corporate wide desision. I have to commend them for changing policy in this day of anti-gun. We won this one!
Now onto some new ones. Jered & Kay Jewelers have identical signs stating, “No persons shall carry, possess, have under the person’s control convey or attempt to convey a firearm, concealed firearm, dangerous ordinance, handgun, or deadly weapon, on or onto this land, parking lot, or premises.” Nope, you can’t even take your concealed weapon off and lock it in your car, because you are still violating their policy. To hell with them, they don’t deserve my business. Perhaps gun stores should have some signage about no diamonds because they attract a criminal element.
Both the Citadel and Chapel Hills Malls have no conceal carry signs on their mall entrances. I understand the big anchor stores with private entrances may have different policies. But, because of the mall policy I will not shop any stores within. Funny, the Citadel is just short of a combat zone anyway. It is the one place I would want a weapon if I were to shop there. They should realize they are actually enabling the criminal. No common sense.
From a business standpoint I do not understand why any business would want to choose a side in a political debate. Why would any business man or woman want to insult a percentage of their client or customer base? A business should stay out of the political arena. They should choose to conduct business within the scope of the local laws and ordinances of their communities. Businesses do not have opinions. They are inanimate. Individuals have opinions. We, as individuals, can choose where and where not to spend our money.
Our opinions will have no affect until we voice them. We voice them by emailing, snail-mailing, and calling our elected officials. When they don’t represent their constituents we recall them with no re-Morse. Where businesses are concerned we should start the dialogue. We must let them know why we do not, will not shop their establishment. We must do so with logic and facts, never with argument. We vote for them with our pocket books. Please help me spread this message. Let me know of any local businesses that need help with common sense, logic and facts. I will attempt to have dialogue with them.