Gun Control Activists Threaten Jersey Mike’s with Boycott for Open-Carry Policies

H/T Western Journal.

Bravo to Jersey Mike’s for standing up for the Second Amendment.

I hope gun owners close to Jersey Mike’s stand up for him and bust the anti-gun boycott.

And the mob has come for Jersey Mike’s, purveyor of sandwiches, because it’s dared to allow customers to exercise their right to carry firearms inside their stores.

The controversy began, according to TheBlaze, when a photo appeared on social media showing a customer inside the sub chain with two guns, one of which was improperly holstered.

The photo was posted by Travis Akers, the liberal pundit is best known for his work with Left of Bang, a gun control group made up of veterans. In the post, Akers criticized the carrier without going after Jersey Mike’s.

“This man is brandishing two firearms, one of which is not retained properly,” Akers tweeted on Oct. 26.”I could easily take that gun from him and shoot him, and take the other gun, all within 3 seconds.

“If you can’t carry safely, you shouldn’t be allowed to carry.”

Travis Akers@travisakers

This man is brandishing two firearms, one of which is not retained properly.

I could easily take that gun from him and shoot him, and take the other gun, all within 3 seconds.

If you can’t carry safely, you shouldn’t be allowed to carry.

H/T: @CombatCavScout

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It’s worth noting that the man isn’t “brandishing” anything. The two guns are being carried, albeit one being carried improperly. As per Merriam-Webster, brandish means “to shake or wave (something, such as a weapon) menacingly.”

Hyperbolic, incorrect language aside, there’s kind of sort of a kernel of truth here; carrying requires carrying responsibly, which this man isn’t. That said, I don’t think Navy Intelligence veterans are going around to Jersey Mike’s looking for guys carrying firearms tucked into their jeans above their derriere so that they could “take that gun from him and shoot him, and take the other gun, all within 3 seconds.”

If these are the things Akers might be thinking about while waiting to order his chipotle chicken cheesesteak, perhaps some time away from the gun control community might do him some good.

Anyhow, Akers’ post didn’t call out Jersey Mike’s, per se, merely the gentleman in the photo for improperly carrying a firearm. Fair enough. This metastasized quickly after Jersey Mike’s fired back with a joke, which — let’s face it — is never a great idea when dealing with the humorless.

“If the laws were up to us, we’d make it so everyone had to eat Jersey Mike’s Subs on Sundays,” the company said in a now-deleted tweet

Guess where this went next?

March For Our Lives

@AMarch4OurLives

As long as you allow open carry in your stores, we’ll make sure to grab a sub @subway any day of the week. https://twitter.com/jerseymikes/status/1188897698684063746 

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Travis Akers@travisakers

I asked @jerseymikes for a public apology after replying with jokes about unsafe open carry in their stores.

I also let them know if they did not reconsider their poor taste in humor & delete their tweets, that we would bring media attention.https://www.businessinsider.com/jersey-mikes-apologizes-backlash-gun-control-activists-2019-10 

Jersey Mike’s apologizes for joking tweets about a customer bringing guns into a sandwich shop as…

Jersey Mike’s is facing boycott threats after posting joking tweets in response to a conversation about gun violence.

businessinsider.com

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Fred Guttenberg

@fred_guttenberg

As most who follow me know, my daughter was a victim of gun violence. @jerseymikes, I will never eat in one of your restaurants again. Mocking the desire of customers to be safe when eating is a bad idea. Thankfully, the laws are not up to you. https://twitter.com/jerseymikes/status/1188897698684063746 

Fred Guttenberg

@fred_guttenberg

Here is a photo of the customer that started this. @jerseymikes should ban open carry in their restaurants and here is why. This customer was to incompetent to even properly secure this weapon and @jerseymikes turn that into a joke. Somebody could have died because of this.

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Any evidence that mass shootings of opportunity are a problem, or that banning open or concealed carry in public spaces reduces crime, is notably absent in these tweets. Instead, the thinking is: Guns are bad. This guy is carrying a gun improperly. He’s in a Jersey Mike’s, which allows customers to exercise their legal right to carry. Ergo, Jersey Mike’s is bad. Try plotting that one out using formal logic.

Jersey Mike’s deleted the tweets and apologized.

Jersey Mike’s Subs

@jerseymikes

Thank you. We apologize. We always want to do better.

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Again, while fair, this was never the point for the other side of this debate:

Travis Akers@travisakers

I asked @jerseymikes for a public apology after replying with jokes about unsafe open carry in their stores.

I also let them know if they did not reconsider their poor taste in humor & delete their tweets, that we would bring media attention.https://www.businessinsider.com/jersey-mikes-apologizes-backlash-gun-control-activists-2019-10 

Jersey Mike’s apologizes for joking tweets about a customer bringing guns into a sandwich shop as…

Jersey Mike’s is facing boycott threats after posting joking tweets in response to a conversation about gun violence.

businessinsider.com

46 people are talking about this

Jersey Mike’s Subs

@jerseymikes

Thank you. We apologize. We always want to do better.

be.the change.dana@dcburns74

It’s not hard to do better. @Walmart did it. @kroger and @starbucks too. Issue a formal store policy.

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Fred Guttenberg

@fred_guttenberg

Upon further review, not good enough. This seems to be your standard reply. Allowing people like this in your stores and then joking about it requires a change in policy and thought. I hope to hear from you @jerseymikes. https://twitter.com/jerseymikes/status/1188958860524036097 

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Jersey Mike’s Subs

@jerseymikes

Replying to @fred_guttenberg

Thank you. We apologize. We always want to do better.

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Jersey Mike’s Subs

@jerseymikes

Thank you. We apologize. We always want to do better.

Caleb Knox@CKquaCK

You could start by actually deleting those joke responses and making a sizeable donation to @MomsDemand, @AMarch4OurLives, or similar organizations that are working to combat gun violence.

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So, in short, for the gun control movement, the only acceptable apology for a bad joke and a viral photo of a guy with his guns (who wasn’t “brandishing” them, no matter what you think about his dedication to gun safety) is to ban guns from the chain, talk to gun control advocates upon penalty of boycott and make donations to gun control groups.

While other companies have caved to gun control activists’ demands amid boycott threats, the calls for a Jersey Mike’s boycott seem to have fallen primarily upon deaf ears.

No policies have changed, despite the apology for the Twitter post. The media attention that Messrs. Akers and Guttenberg have threatened hasn’t exactly materialized. The social media mob has mostly stayed within its own bubble.

It’s entirely reasonable for a business to make rules that get as many people in the door as possible. Take this as a piece of evidence that bending to the social media mob doesn’t necessarily do that.

The folks at March for Our Lives might be staying away from Jersey Mike’s, but this makes me a bit more likely to grab a sub there. I doubt I’m alone.

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Author: deplorablesunite

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