Jack in the Box Part 2: Moms Demand Action Pressures Chipotle to Ban Guns

Jack in the Box Part 2: Moms Demand Action Pressures Chipotle to Ban Guns

Looks like Moms Demand Action—that “grass roots” anti-gun group funded by billionaire do-gooder Michael Bloomberg—has managed to bully yet another American restaurant chain into kowtowing to their totalitarian demands. This time it’s Chipotle, maker of everything burrito. And what have they demanded, you ask? What else. Bloomberg’s life’s mission: To disarm the American public.

You may recall the recent headline about a group of young men open-carrying in a Jack in the Box in Texas. The story—at least as related by Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action, a woman not exactly known for her honesty—was that the workers inside the restaurant were terrified by the sight of men with Scary Black Guns and locked themselves in the freezer. That claim has since been debunked by Open Carry Texas, but that hasn’t stopped Ms. Watts from continuing to spread that Whopper of a myth. This time, a couple of Chipotle customers open-carried their SKS rifles, not as a protest, but simply, they say, as an accompaniment to their meal.


Naturally, Ms. Watts felt compelled to stick her dictatorial, gun-banning nose into the non-event, demanding that Chipotle—who reports it’s never taken a position either way on carrying guns, but rather, is focused on selling burritos, go figure—ask its customers to cease carrying in its chains, you know, for their own safety. From Twitter:

Nothing like a hearty dose of fear mongering to disarm America.

Moms’ plea for action:

“We support the Second Amendment but we also need to feel safe and secure in the places we take our children. In states where no background checks or training are required to buy semi-automatic rifles and carry them openly in public, businesses have a duty to protect their employees and patrons. That’s why we are calling on Chipotle and other businesses to follow Starbucks lead and make a clear statement that firearms are not welcome in their restaurants.”

Seems “shall not be infringed” is somehow confusing to Ms. Watts. While Chipotle is, of course, free to make its own policy, unfortunately, following in the footsteps of Starbucks and Jack in the Box, it caved to Moms’ pressure, resulting in mass celebration from Ms. Watts and her less-than-informed supporters. (You can read Chipotle’s full response here.)

Shannon You Did ItNow all they need are conspicuously-placed signs that read “Gun Free Zone” to complete their customer-safety policies. Shh…don’t tell the criminals.

Now I don’t know about you, but the scene of two men carrying semi-automatics while awaiting their Jumbo Jacks is just another Tuesday afternoon around my home, and I suspect, in much of Texas, too. While I won’t advise open carrying an AR inside your local food joint, simply because it’s common sense, I also won’t be running for the hills or “sheltering in place” at the sight of someone who chooses to open carry because Ms. Watts tweets out a deceptive message telling me I should. Ms. Watts, you don’t speak for me. I feel safer where there are guns. I’m armed, and this mom won’t be disarmed by the likes of some truth-twisting interloper who prefers women cower in corners like victims. Responsible gun-carrying moms like myself are not out for shock value; we carry for self defense. I will wager that most anyone who sees me would never know I’m carrying, including the folks at Chipotle serving me a Burrito Bowl. And that’s just fine with me. Because if the time comes, God forbid, that I need my weapon for self defense, and even for the defense of those who will never stop trying to take that right from me—I’m looking at you, Gun Grabbing Shannon—you can bet I won’t be sheltering in place, waiting to become the next victim. Ms. Watts can keep trying to disarm her fellow women. She can keep trying to instill fear of guns into Americans. And she and Bloomie can keep on wasting his tens of millions of dollars that could be going to help the needy that Nanny B. professes to care so much for. But I predict the only thing they’ll succeed in doing is creating more gun owners. By the way, Shannon, guns go great with salsa.

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  • Jen says:

    I posted about the original story regarding the open carry stunt at Jack in the Box last week.
    This stunt is stupid. It helps fuel non gun owners, who might otherwise not be concerned about someone carrying concealed into a restaurant, into believing that indeed, gun owners are a crazy, emotional-ready-to-go-off lot, which gains support then to the anti gunners.
    Chipotle doesn’t want the same publicity Jack in the Box received in their own stores, so hence, they fall right in line with the anti gunners.
    Way to go, Open Carry in Texas. Excellent educational campaign. (Snark)

  • Jodi says:

    I respectfully disagree.

    Firstly, I don’t believe these two are connected to Open Carry Texas. This is not the first time they’ve carried in Chipotle, they say. And until Shannon and her fear mongering made a mountain out of it, no one seemed to mind.

    **Open Carry Texas founder C.J. Grisham told Forbes that this past weekend’s activity was not a demonstration, but simply a meal following an event.

    “We don’t go there just to carry guns into a restaurant,” he said. “We always let the manager know we’re coming. We try very hard to make people feel comfortable.”

    Grisham said his group’s policy is to send an unarmed person into a restaurant to seek permission to dine and to warn staff and customers in advance.

    “We’re peaceful, we’re looking for a place to eat, but we have guns,” he said. “If we’re not welcome, we’re not going to spend money there.”**

    Secondly, like I said, this is a typical sight where I live. People have been programmed by folks like Shannon Watts, and our schools, to fear the sight of guns. I will argue that MORE exposure to open-carrying will help to counter that. If we keep bowing to pressure from ignoramuses like Shannon Watts, the gun banners will win. She and Bloomie have pulled businesses into their agenda who never had a position on this issue before and made them targets for boycotting if they don’t tow the line. That ticks me off.

    • Jen says:

      Jodi, are you saying that people regularly carry AR15’s into restaurants, hanging on a neck lanyard, complete with sunglasses and oversized t-shirts and no one even looks where you live?

      I just personally think the sight is stupid. Open carry a handgun placed properly and safely in a side holster. Dress and act like you are in control,not like some juvenile delinquent who is acting out a gamer fantasy.

      GWB put it perfectly and I am not going to try to outwrite his excellent post.

      I”m a huge 2A proponent, a lifetime NRA member, and a CCW holder. And if I were running a restaurant and one of these clowns came in asking for permission to eat and put on the show, I would say absolutely not. Having firearms on person is a responsibility that also includes not deliberately attempting to show off and flaunt. Deliberately trying to make other patrons accept and celebrate my carry choices by flooding them with guns is a training technique proven over the years to only cause trauma and forced acceptance(no matter the subject it is used on, dogs, horses, humans).
      Not what I am in favor of.

      • GWB says:

        I would probably answer yes to someone who came in and asked about open carry. But I would caveat it with “keep it at sling arms or cradle arms and secured unless needed, and no ‘hero shots’.”

  • Merle says:

    This is why I have mixed emotions about OC. If it scares more people than it reassures then we are loosing ground. Personally I think long guns worry more people than do hand guns, but maybe that’s just me…..,


  • Jodi says:

    I do, too, Merle. But like I said, we’ve been intentionally programmed by everything Liberal to fear guns. I’ll argue the more we see, the less fearful we become. I was once one of the fearful. Til I took the safety course required for CC. That was the last day I was afraid. It’s empowering.

  • hockeydad says:

    If OC is “scary” and we don’t do it because it will make us lose ground, then we’ve already given the right up. People fear things the aren’t used too. While most wildlife runs around my house, many that are dangerous, I’m used to it and don’t freak out when I see them. However, friends that visit from the city freak out even seeing a snake, let alone a fox or something bigger.

    Personally I don’t go to places that don’t want my business (carrying or not carrying). If more us would just exercise that right you’d see either existing businesses courting us or new ones opening trying to get our business. Plus, I tend to save money as the list grows longer.

    As for Chipotle in Texas, there is plenty of competitors that will take their business; there is a TexMex place every 20 feet and most don’t cater to the urban crowd.

  • GWB says:

    To be honest, *how* you OC contributes greatly to the perception of it. A tactical harness that maintains the weapon in a ready-port position, or wearing it dangling like your manbits (like the one chuckles in that photo) tends to make you look aggressive (or moronic). Slung properly over your shoulder or shoulder-arms tends to make you look like you’re simply carrying your weapon.

    I don’t fear weapons at all. But, how your weapon is displayed/slung/holstered may or may not raise my alert level (white to yellow to red). If you walk into Chili’s with your pistol in your hand, expect someone like me to draw down on you. If you walk in with your rifle at port-ready, expect my hand to go very near my firearm and stay there until you are encumbered (and can’t reach your firearm) or you leave.

    This would be similar to bringing a dog into an establishment. If the dog is happy and minds and is unobtrusive, people don’t mind. (OK, there *are* people who would freak out, but they are impossible to help without a strait jacket.) If the dog is growling and pulling at its leash and baring its teeth at everyone, then there will be a LOT of people upset.

    If you want to make people feel good about guns (or dogs) keep it on its leash and under control.

  • GWB says:

    BTW, I think SKS taste terrible with or without salsa. Blecch!

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