So apparently today was supposed to be some kind of statement – a “Day Without Immigrants.”
Washington, D.C., will experience a “Day Without Immigrants” along with a number of other major cities across the country on Thursday. The grassroots movement is calling for immigrants not to go to work or make purchases on Feb. 16 to show President Trump ho [sic.] much legal and illegal immigrants contribute to the economy.
Let’s put aside the obvious economic ignorance exhibited here. One day without a fairly small percentage of the population working and making purchases will hurt no one except maybe their employers who seem more than happy to virtue signal their support for immigration, which no one has proposed to ban writ large, by giving their foreign-born workers a paid day off. Those same immigrants staging this protest and not buying anything, will purchase what they need tomorrow… or the next day. No harm, no foul. Any money “lost” from any sale today, will be made up tomorrow or the next day, because ultimately people need what they need.
Second, just how many illegal immigrants do we have working in the DC area? Do they really make such a huge impact on the local economy? And also, will it honestly impact the President, who I’m pretty sure isn’t going out to Bub & Pop’s to get a sandwich or picking up street food at a cart today.
I wouldn’t even have known this was going on if I hadn’t come across it in a news feed.
Local restaurants – if they support this “boycott” – closed. So what? This immigrant brings her own lunch to work.
The employees of those establishments that do not support this empty action and who decided not to show up for work today anyway, could find themselves shitcanned in favor of someone who will actually work. And if not, they’re simply not going to get paid for that day, unless they have earned leave. Who loses? They do.
Smoke & Barrel in Washington DC had the following up on their Facebook page two days ago.
As a Latino business owner I stand in solidarity with all of my immigrant staff. Therefore, we will close our kitchen this Thursday in support of our immigrant staff’s desire and right to protest the evolving state of immigration policies in our country. Our bars will remain open and our guests are welcome to BYOF (bring your own food.) -John Andrade, owner
OK, so they’ll still sell booze, and they’ll allow people to bring their own food, because they can’t possibly lose the profits! But yay, solidarity! No sacrifice. No business lost. So what is it, exactly, that they’re trying to impact?
Boycott school? Really? The one place that should educate and give them something of value, they’re encouraged to skip. What, exactly, will that do to the school? The teachers will continue teaching. The other students will continue learning. And the illegal immigrant kids who are skipping school are only shooting themselves in the foot.
Methinks these people have a much inflated view of their own value.
The flyer claims that without them the country is “paralyzed.”
Well, this immigrant is at work today, and for once, I didn’t experience metro fuckery. Correlation, of course, does not equal causation, but the 20 minute commute was pretty darn good today.
I bring my own lunch, and I don’t eat at the restaurants that are participating in this “boycott” anyway. (We ate at Pupatella in Arlington once, and the service was so shitty after an hour and a half wait, that I swore never to go there again. The food wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t even remotely worth it.)
I don’t plan on going shopping, because most days I work 10-11 hours, and I’m too tired to do anything but go home and go to sleep.
When I need to go shopping, it will be on a weekend, so the “boycott” ultimately means nothing to me.
If the purpose of this action was to “paralyze” the country, the organizers might want to learn economics first.
Oooh! I know! Let’s violate the law in order to prevent others from lawfully exercising their legal right!
Yeah, that’s a great idea, you immature, irrational, panty-shitting dumbass!
The link I provided above shows the puerile mentality of a hoplophobic assplunger that claims to blog on behalf of something called the Institute for Philosophy in Public Life, whose philosophy apparently involves cowardice and theft.
See, said assplunger doesn’t like the fact that there are citizens out there who exercise their rights publicly and perfectly legally. He/she/it doesn’t like said rights, and thinks that peaceable citizens should be prevented from exercising them in public by any means possible. One of those means is outright theft. This moron proposes that anytime someone sees a citizen openly exercising their right to keep and bear arms, they should just leave.
My proposal is as follows: we should all leave. Immediately. Leave the food on the table in the restaurant. Leave the groceries in the cart, in the aisle. Stop talking or engaging in the exchange. Just leave, unceremoniously, and fast.
But here is the key part: don’t pay. Stopping to pay in the presence of a person with a gun means risking your and your loved ones’ lives; money shouldn’t trump this. It doesn’t matter if you ate the meal. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just received food from the deli counter that can’t be resold. It doesn’t matter if you just got a haircut. Leave. If the business loses money, so be it. They can make the activists pay.
In a real, moral world, that’s called theft, assplunger.
The owner of the restaurant spent money purchasing food and paying a cook to prepare it. They also pay servers to keep your drinks refilled and bring you said food. If you leave without paying, you are appropriating said resources – that’s STEALING for those of you whose moral compass has been eaten by zombies.
The owner of said supermarket pays employees, who work hard to keep the shelves stocked, the carts stacked, and the products in their proper places. You walk out on a cart full of groceries without paying, you’ve just appropriated those efforts.
This is what this “Institute” claims people should do – commit illegal acts in an effort to prevent others from committing legal ones.
Yeah, makes all the sense in the world!
Following this procedure has several advantages. First, it protects people. Second, it forces the businesses to really choose where their loyalties are. If the second amendment is as important as people claim, then people should be willing to pay for it. God knows, free speech is tremendously expensive. If it weren’t, I’d be reading this on ESPN during prime time, not posting this on Blogger.
This author has the reasoning ability of a rabid warthog. Forcing businesses to respect people’s legal rights by stealing from it? Great. Forcing people who legally exercise their rights to pay for the illegal acts of those who cannot or will not? Terrific. Carrying a firearm in the open without infringing on anyone’s fundamental rights? Must be stopped at all costs.
Hate to tell you this, you incoherent sack of dessicated donkey gonads. It’s not the price of the First Amendment that’s keeping you off ESPN and on Blogger, drooling your specious brain droppings to a limited audience. It’s the fact that you’re a bungling sack of fetid smegma, who is incapable of intelligent thought, and no network executive with a shred of business sense would ever pay you to actually broadcast your insipid, hysterical cretinism to a breathing audience!
Now, I have blogged before about some open carry advocates setting the gun rights movement back with their irresponsible, disrespectful behavior. I don’t agree with the way they choose to “normalize” the presence of guns in society. I think it reeks of infantile “HA HA! You can’t stop me!” behavior. That said, they are doing nothing illegal, and they have not violated anyone else’s rights with their presence.
Rudeness and inconsiderate behavior are annoying, but not illegal. And they certainly should not be punished for said rudeness by being forced to pay for hoplophobes’ outright theft merely for choosing to exercise their rights!
I would certainly hope that any cockrocket who decides to engage in such behavior and attempts to “dine and dash” as a way of proving a political point gets arrested and charged.
But my guess is, the vast majority of them will 1) shit themselves in fear 2) whip out their smartphones and proceed to voice their indignation on social media about the presence of armed individuals, and 3) slink away quietly after paying their bill as quickly as possible in the sincere and hysterical belief that any sudden move will result in their quick ventilation.
Apparently the open carry advocates in Texas have NOT learned from their mistakes, and continue not being helpful in promoting our gun rights. Dallas Morning News reports a bunch of these yahoos recently strolled into a Chili’s and a Sonic toting their hardware – because that’s what you do when you sit down for some southwestern cuisine, right? – and were asked to get the hell out. Once again, they drew attention to themselves. Once again they were magnets for people coming up and recording them with their phones, magazines in wells, rifles slung in the front… Because look at us! Look how cool we are!
This after issuing a statement last week that claimed they were going to be smarter about their strategy. Smarter, my aching ass.
The gun-toters weren’t allowed to dine at Chili’s while fully armed. There’s a very good reason for that, says a Brinker International spokesperson: “Long guns are not permitted in our Texas restaurants based on [Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission] regulation (emphasis mine), which prohibits a business that is licensed to sell or serve alcoholic beverages from allowing shotguns or rifles into the building.” And no pamphlet is going to change that.
Open Carry Texas opponents are asking Chili’s and Sonic to craft “gun sense policies that keep their restaurants safe,” joining the likes of Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, Applebees and Chipotle. That could be in the works, at least at the locally based chain: Says Brinker in a statement provided to The Dallas Morning News, “Given the recent attention to open carry laws, we continue to evaluate the policy (emphasis mine) to ensure we provide a safe environment for our guests and team members.”
To be fair, these incidents apparently happened on May 19 – two days before the Texas open carry groups issued their official statement. But I can’t imagine the message wasn’t conveyed to their members days before the official statement was issued! I can’t imagine, this wasn’t a topic of discussion among the membership of these groups. I can’t imagine these tools didn’t know!
Well, let’s hope they know now. And let’s hope they cease this counterproductive activity, because as it stands now, they’re doing more harm than good!
My latest for JPFO. Wonder if Mommies will take credit for the rash of robberies that occurred after restaurants posted signs forbidding firearms on their premises.
After all… they took credit for forcing the restaurants to do so in the first place.
Texas open carry groups apparently have learned from their mistakes. After being asked to keep their guns out of restaurants and coffee shops, and drawing the worst kind of attention to themselves, they have finally issued a statement you should read.
Looking back, it has become clear that there is one area in which we have gotten the most resistance and suffered the largest setbacks: open carry of long arms into private businesses. This is not a new phenomenon. Early on, because of our efforts, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) sent a message to all TABC licensees warning them about allowing our members to open carry into their businesses. This resulted in places like Smashburger asking us to leave our guns at home. Since then, Starbucks, Wendy’s, Jack In The Box, Applebees and most recently, Chipotle have come out asking we not carry our firearms into their establishments.
Whereas, our mission is to get open carry of handguns passed in Texas, we must once again adjust in a way that shines a positive light on our efforts, our members, and our respective organizations. We are humbly and emphatically imploring our members to cease taking long arms into corporate businesses unless invited. Black Powder revolvers have proven to be very effective and align with our goal of legalizing open carry with a handgun. We do understand that not everyone will be able to afford one, but if you can, we are requesting you do so. Almost every leader has gone to Black powder for a reason. It works.
For all further open carry walks with long guns, we are adopting the following unified protocol and general policy to best ensure meeting our respective legislative mission to legalize open carry:
1) Always notify local law enforcement prior to the walk, especially the day of.
2) Carry Flags and signs during your walk to increase awareness.
3) Carry the long gun on a sling, not held.
4) Do not go into corporate businesses without prior permission, preferably not at all.
5) If asked to leave, do so quietly and do not make it a problem.
6) Do not post pics publicly if you do get permission and are able to OC in a cooperate business.
7) Do not go into businesses with TABC signs posted with a long gun (Ever).
8) If at all possible, keep to local small businesses that are 2A friendly.
It is good to see gun rights groups taking responsibility and trying to ensure that their members reflect positively on the gun rights movement!
The only thing any of us in the gun rights movement want to promote is responsible carry, respect for others and some maturity when carrying open or concealed!
This was never about your right to open carry in a restaurant. You have no such right. The owner of the place has the right to private property, and you must respect that. If a restaurant or coffee shop owner doesn’t want you in there with your guns, take your business elsewhere.
I’m so glad these groups finally issued a public statement acknowledging what the rest of us have been saying!