I love seeing a business owner taking a stand for what he believes, especially when he knows that his views could negatively impact his business’ revenue.
Recently Buffalo Wild Wings has gotten some press over signs on their doors that prohibit the presence of firearms. I’m sad to see this, because, as you may know, I’m a pretty big fan of the Second Amendment. (I support the right of any law-abiding citizen to carry any weapon he chooses anywhere he sees fit.)
People are calling for Buffalo Wild Wings to drop its ban preventing the legal possession of a firearm in their restaurants, much like there were calls several months ago for Chick-fil-A owners to reverse their position on some issues.
It’s important that we remember these people have a right to operate their businesses however they chose, but one of the wonderful things about the free market system is that consumers have the right to eat their chicken somewhere else.
I like Chick-fil-A. I eat there much more frequently than I should, but that has everything to do with the quality of the food they serve and nothing to do with their politics. I don’t really care for Buffalo Wild Wings, but not because of their anti-gun policy. I’ve found their food to be a little expensive and a lot mediocre. So I don’t eat there.
I don’t typically make decisions of where to eat on a restaurant’s political views. If I like the food, I eat it; if I don’t like it, I eat somewhere else.
The political views in question don’t typically concern me or my safety. If a restaurant owner is Christian or not, likes gay people or not, recognizes the New York Yankees’ infinite superiority in sports or not, or whatever else, it doesn’t really matter to me. I just care about the food.
But if it’s widely known that Buffalo Wild Wings is a gun-free zone, I risk my safety by entering because I firmly believe an armed populace is the best crime deterrent. People who choose to behave inappropriately with a gun do it where other people are prevented from having a weapon.
So is my physical safety worth risking for some mediocre, overpriced chicken wings? No, not even if the wings were good and reasonably priced.