Another shooting has taken the lives of Americans. But this one probably won’t appear on your local news or CNN. That’s because it concerns the death of two brave American police officers.
On February 10th, two Harford County sheriff’s deputies were killed in a shootout with an assailant in a Panera Bread located in Abingdon, MD.
It’s a tragic scene, one with an added layer of irony. Because recently Panera CEO announced that guns were no longer allowed in their restaurants, as reported by CNBC.
Within our company, we strive to create Panera Warmth. This warmth means bakery-cafes where customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome. To this end, we ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer.
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.”
I guess “Panera Warmth,” does not extend to officers or anyone else who wants to feel safe. This policy is dangerous and ignores the reality that citizens who are granted the right to carry a concealed weapon can stop a shooting before authorities arrive.
Policies like this in no way stop actual criminals who wish to rob and harm others. They obviously disrespect responsible gun owners and safe gun practices. These policies are clearly aimed at law-abiding citizens, wishing to exclude and punish them for exercising their rights.
But what about the rights of Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey, 30-year veteran, or Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon, a 16-year veteran? Panera’s policy in no way helped them as they were gunned down in the line of duty.
Maybe companies like Panera, Starbucks and Target need to reevaluate their policies.