90 million gun owners are a force to be reckoned with. The so-called “gun lobby” has its purpose, but it is not hiding under every bed in every case of speaking out with a knee-jerk reflex. Individual liberty purists are more than capable of speaking out in their own voice when they suffer various indignities hardly none of us would really stand for. Life is full of adversity, but when it’s punishment for your political beliefs, it becomes unAmerican. Gun owners put up with a lot of crap for their beliefs, nearly all of it illegal and certainly dangerous to community.
How gun control goes, so goes the nation. How would you like to be ambushed for your political beliefs? Gun owner or not, how do you feel about courtesies and such in the hospitality industry? Shouldn’t they be helpful and neutral? How would you feel if your host hotel disagreed with your politics, acted on that, took your money anyway [gobs of it] and then exposed you to personal risk once they had your money (on the barrel head or credit card)? How does that make our streets safer? It doesn’t.
I recommend doing what I have so often been told by opponents of my political views: why not take your bidness elsewhere?
Maybe we should. Maybe 90 million gun owners ought to rethink where they vacation, buy or live. Maybe 90 million gun owners ought to think about how their utilities view them. We know how Starbucks views us. Thanks, Starbucks, for standing up. I spend my money on Starbucks. We have the pre-paid gift cards and we buy the coffee for the kitchen and away from home.
90 million gun owners.
Last week, the Charlotte Marriot in North Carolina took reservations and all the accouterments of a convention stay without giving notice to the Gala For Gun Rights event organizers that their guests could buy a peck of legal trouble if they should be armed. The problem surfaced when, after guests had paid and arrived, the hotel then posted signs advising gun owners of possible criminal prosecution for the simple acts gun owners are likely to do, such as carrying their weapon or checking in with it in their luggage. Gun Rights Examiner Steve D. Jones turns in this excellent report on this.
The treatment of the conventioneers sounds like an ambush to me. This is messed up. For professionals in the hospitality industry whose tasks are to think of everything, it doesn’t smell like an oversight. It just smells.
The Gala gave management the benefit of the doubt until they got their answers as to why; those answers were conflicting and inconsistent, and in general very unsatisfying. For more details, go to www.GRNC.org
Now these events mean money to whole cities, and that means collection of taxes and forwarding them to the state tax collector. Revenues. Jobs. Bonuses, Overtime. Tips. Hope. Some estimates figure that conventioneers spend about $300 each. These liberty non-profits and joint venture partner events can deliver as much as 70,000 attendees for a few days’ stay, and that’s a ton of money. We figure about $15 – 20 Million dollars in a single event. … and $300 each is a conservative figure. They rent cars, they see a show, they visit friends, they buy gasoline, they eat, they spend money.
The anti-gun rights people are not likely to muster this kind of money. Hell, they can’t even get their act together in filing an amicus brief in battling a single state’s demand for Independence. Translation: gun ownership is hardly a divided opinion anymore.
Conventions in cities hostile to freedom and second amendment assurances of that freedom should be dropped. If they are against the second amendment, they are against all of your freedoms. Bookings ought to be canceled. One is taken more seriously if they cite an injustice and then use the clout of their commerce to back it.
It’s much better to spend your money in a town who welcomes your politics and to get on with life away from those who do not welcome your politics. Just remember who is committing the dirty tricks and who is not. A lot of holding people accountable for their dirty tricks will be decided in November.
For now, millions of gun owners can decide where to spend their money. Don’t ever forget that where you spend is a vote of a sort, and gun owners need to vote for those cities who respect their own citizens and not ambush visiting guests who have $15 – 20 Million to spend.
I hear the Sheraton in Phoenix is second amendment friendly.
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