Here’s another reason to like Panera Bread: The St. Louis-based bakery chain on Monday asked customers not to bring their guns into the company’s cafes.
This is another victory for responsible use of weapons in public.
And it’s another well-deserved loss for the National Rifle Association and America’s out-of-touch gun lovers.
Besides Panera’s customers, others celebrating this move are members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. In recent months they have successfully pushed companies such as Chipotle, Starbucks and Target to ask gun owners to not carry their weapons into stores.
Here’s the good statement from Panera: “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.”
Give credit to CEO Ron Shaich, who came forward to tell CNBC that “we are building communities in our cafes and are where people come to catch a breath.”
Quickly on Monday, some in the gun-rights crowd struck back, saying companies were caving in to the demands of Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.
These companies are reacting to the real world, where most Americans aren’t comfortable shopping for clothes, buying groceries or eating a sandwich at places where a few fellow customers are packing heat.
Let’s hope Moms Demand Action and others fighting for reasonable and far more restrictive gun laws succeed in the future in getting all places to pressure their customers to keep their guns at home.