Chipotle is the newest high-profile chain to inform gun owners that their wares aren't welcome in their stores. The group behind the move is Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, the same organization that pressured Starbucks last year to reject allowing firearms anywhere near its frothy macchiatos. Associated Press reports:
The Denver-based company notes that it has traditionally complied with local laws regarding open and concealed firearms. But in a statement Monday, the company said that 'the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers.'
MDAGS' efforts, pushed along by a "#BurritosNotBullets" Twitter campaign, were reportedly motivated by gun owners descending on a Dallas Chipotle over the weekend. The above is one image that came of all that. Here's the other:
The above-mentioned Twitter campaign has seen some serious rival airing of grievances on the popular medium. In support of Chipotle's decision - which mind you may not be a full-on ban (yet) despite what some are saying - were these folks:
Against Chipotle's decision, these people:
...and the dig by way of headline styling:
Gun control group backed by billionaire Mike Bloomberg is calling on Chipotle to ban guns after open carry event: http://t.co/g0dJcZqTYe- Forbes (@Forbes) May 19, 2014
Yes, there's even a class dimension to the whole Chipotle affair more typical of economic issues, not gun ones. Nick Leghorn at The Truth About Guns complains that the effort to remove firearms from Chipotle is being led by upper-middle class "soccer moms." MDAGS however makes a more universal appeal:
"Moms want to know that when we take our families out to eat burritos, we won't be confronted with bullets," said the group's founder, Shannon Watts, in a statement to the press.Via AP, The Truth About Guns, and Salon.