This is a discussion on Boycotting businesses that ban firearms within the Open Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; A bit of an in-house rant here... There's no need for anyone to get their panties in a twist over a store's policy of banning ...
A bit of an in-house rant here...
There's no need for anyone to get their panties in a twist over a store's policy of banning firearms. It's not personal from their end and it shouldn't be personal from ours. Shouts of outrage and angry letters using tired cliche's don't help. It's really very, very simple: Stop spending your money there and send them a polite letter as to why.
I have recently discovered that your store policy forbids the legal carrying of firearms on its premises. I notice also that your store has no measures in place to prevent this from happening, and only a small number of security personnel who are not equipped to intervene on behalf of my safety in the event that a person with violent intentions should disregard your policy.
While I respect your right to enact policy on your own property, I believe I cannot safely shop in your stores. I must also recommend to those whom I care about that their safety is similarly jeopardized.
Please notify me if this policy changes as I would like to resume visiting your stores. Several of your competitors have adopted a firearm policy that simply mirrors the laws of the state in which each outlet is respectively located. I hope that you will at least consider affording as much to your own customers.
These people don't give a crap about your rights, American history, the Constitution, or anything else outside of your wallet. They want to bring in money, that's what businesses do. When you start injecting rants or insults it only makes you look like what they believe all of us already are: wackos.
And if you back them up against a legal or philosophical wall, you're going to lose because they have a right to make policy for their privately owned property just like you do. Don't open that can of worms, you're only going to look like a hypocrite.
They have the right to make policy, you have the right to spend your money elsewhere. It's that simple. Let them know it.
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An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life. - Robert A. Heinlein
Jumpwing - Excellent post, and I agree completely.
Well said! To your point win with intelligence and spend elsewhere.
It's not a problem til they make it one!
Great post. I read these threads on here and other places and I've often wanted to reply and state the samething but I usually just keep my mouth shut.
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And some companies are just so ideologically opposed I just don't waste my time worrying about them.
One thing I learned in school. Business letters need to be short and sweet. If they are too long they get file 13'd. Make it short enough, and to the point, that they are done with it before they get tired of it.
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In most cases, boycotts on a local level don't work. Period. They are merely a "feel good" attempt to change policy.
Please note the use of "most" as a qualifier.
"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups"
I have always wondered about the people who say then never engage anti's in discussions because you will never change their mind, but are quick to engage in long back and forth discussions with private business.
Excellent post. Could not agree more
+100 all. Copied to my Word Doc and am building a Mail Trail to send to. There are too many companies out there that do not care for security of their customers. I do and will not shop there.
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In some states a "no guns" sign has no weight of law so it doesn't matter. I'm also betting that sometimes people have no choice but to occasionally shop at a store that has one of those signs even if their state upholds the sign and they must disarm legally. Some places where the only store for hours in each direction might have such a policy. What do you do then? It's unfortunate.
No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
Laws are restrictive but sometimes necessary to maintain a civil society. Rights are nonrestrictive but are always necessary to maintain a free society.
I like the letter. I think it might also help to specifically list some of the competing stores that are firearm-friendly which you will be taking your business to.
"In a world of compromise, some don't." -HK
I like your letter template. I may unse it the next time I see a sign.