...are condemned to repeat it." – George Santayana
I flashed on that quote when I read about the Houston-area BBQ restaurant, Brooks Place, which was offering a 25% discount to customers openly carrying a firearm on the day Texas' new gun law went into effect.
Houston-area BBQ favorite offered 25 percent off for open-carrying customers on first day of new law
When I clicked onto the associated Facebook page and saw the "Firearms Welcome" sign, I laughed at the "Judicious Marksmanship Is Appreciated" part, then started reading the comments.
Most were supportive, one was alarmingly threatening... and one was stunningly ignorant when Chicago resident Mike Gerard posted:
"This has bad idea written all over it. 'unless needed'? Please tell me when would anyone need to use a gun for any reason in a restaurant ? TX you are about to lose a lot of business in your state."
Mike lives in Chicago where the institutionally Democratic (and corrupt) have ruled for close to a century, so perhaps he's unfamilar with the events of October 16, 1991 at Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas when a mutant in a pick-up truck crashed through the front window and murdered 22 noon-hour patrons and wounding 23 others.
Two of those who died were Al and Ursula Gratia whose 32-year old daughter Suzanna relutantly escaped.
Suzanna Gratia Hupp, a handgun owner disarmed by the Texas law then in effect, became an advocate for firerms legistation reform, and later a member of the Texas House of Representatives.
Mike Gerard doesn't appear to have many female friends... next time he's in Texas he should make it a priority to make Ms. Hupp's acquaintenceship.