Yael T. Abouhalkah

Chipotle fires back at gun lovers

Good for Chipotle: It doesn’t want guns being brandished in its restaurants.
Good for Chipotle: It doesn’t want guns being brandished in its restaurants. The Associated Press

How’s this for good customer service? Chipotle doesn’t want customers bringing their guns into the burrito chain’s restaurants, unless you are a law enforcement officer.

That view will score big with the millions of Americans who are tired of gun lovers thinking they can shove their weapons in our faces everyone we go in this country.

Just because the Second Amendment has been interpreted as giving far too many people the right to own guns doesn’t mean they should be able to carry the weapons 24/7.

The story about Chipotle’s decision is pretty straightforward, with the company saying “the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.”

The very fact that gun owners know their carrying of weapons into restaurants makes people feel uncomfortable ought to tell you something about whether it’s a good idea or not.

It’s not.

As with most gun-related incidents, this one pits some of the main anti-gun groups — Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America — against the pro-gun groups.

Expect any day now for some kind of national call by legitimate gun-rights organizations to boycott Chipotle or otherwise show their displeasure.

Yet, I’m OK with that.

Let the free market decide. Gun-toting people don’t want to eat at Chipotle? Fine. Go somewhere else.

Those gun-rights organizations are used to getting their way, thanks to spineless state legislators — including in Kansas and Missouri — who keep trying to make it as easy as possible for people to carry weapons into different places.

Good for Chipotle, trying to draw a common-sense line on this issue.

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