Panera Bread Declares Itself Gun-Free Zone

Here’s yet another business that allowed that gun control mom group to get to them. According to Moms Demand Action, the Bloomberg-funded gun control group formed in the emotional aftermath of the totally-preventable Sandy Hook mass murder, they had been in negotiations with Panera for months to get them to bar customers who exercise their 2nd Amendment duties from entering their premises.

Moms Demand Action must have some boilerplate press release that the businesses they court use, because they all sound the same. Target, Starbucks, Chipotle, and now Panera. They’re all the same. They “respectfully request” that their customers relinquish their 2nd Amendment rights upon leaving their homes. The Huffington Post reported:

On Monday, Panera Bread became the latest U.S. company to ask customers to leave their guns at home.

The bakery-cafe chain joins Starbucks, Chipotle, Target and a handful of other restaurants and retailers in making such a request, which comes amid an increasingly heated debate over the role of guns in public places.

“Within our company, we strive to create Panera Warmth,” the company said in a statement released Monday. “This warmth means bakery-cafes where customers and associates feel comfortable and welcome. To this end, we ask that guns not be brought into this environment unless carried by an authorized law enforcement officer. Panera respects the rights of gun owners, but asks our customers to help preserve the environment we are working to create for our guests and associates.”

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The companies that have decided to ask customers to leave guns at home have framed the new policy as a request, saying that they do not want to put employees in the position of confronting an armed customer.

Panera, based in St. Louis, is a $2.4 billion company with nearly 2,000 locations. It has not previously been the target of a protest effort by Moms Demand Action, though in a statement, the group’s founder Shannon Watts said the decision followed “months of discussion between Panera and Moms Demand Action.”

I wonder what Bloomberg’s gun-grabbing campaign offered these companies. I know that most big businesses today, if not all, aren’t really operated on moral principles. Their goals are one and the same:  to do whatever it takes to increase their profits. They are after all businesses. They want to make as much money as possible.

In a lot of ways, they’re like politicians. They’re mostly concerned with optics, with public perception. They choose to “take a stand” where doing so will make them look good with their largest demographic, and therefore yield greater profits.

If these companies are lining up and openly declaring themselves gun-free zones, they’re only doing it, because they believe it will in some way benefit them. Either that, or Bloomberg offered them a “charitable donation” that they couldn’t turn down. Or both.