Michael Schaus

I’m generally a fan of businesses deciding for themselves how they should comply with local laws… But, there is a caveat: They shouldn’t be spineless panderers to liberal leftists in their efforts to assuage the political tension in modern America. And while getting a handmade burrito at Denver-based Chipotle might not seem like a political calculation, apparently (nowadays) it has become one.

The Mexican(ish) food chain has announced something similar to a “gun ban” on its properties. In a similar fashion to Starbucks, the “gourmet burrito” company has asked its customers to kindly leave their legally procured firearms at home while patronizing their establishments. Because, as we all know, law abiding gun owners are clearly the problem when it comes to gun violence in America.

The “ban” isn’t really an outright ban… Really, it is a paternalistic plead to gun owners (and a political pandering to the anti-gunners), asking patrons to forego arming themselves with firearms when indulging in burritos hand-wrapped by a minimum wage employees. “Please don’t bring your guns here” is the implied request. (Unless, of course, you are a police officer responding to the violence of an armed aggressor who didn’t happen to run across the company’s anti-gun memorandum.)

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, the company’s move is reminiscent of when “Starbucks Corp. told customers that guns were no longer welcome in its cafes after it had to temporarily close a store in Newtown, Connecticut, to avoid a demonstration by gun rights advocates.” (Oh, by the way, I’m still armed every time I enter my neighborhood Starbucks. They kindly asked me to keep my legally carried firearms at home, and I have kindly declined to acquiesce their request… It is, after all, the safest Starbucks in Denver between the hours of 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning.)

The initial reaction by gun activists will, of course, be a disheveled boycott of the Mexican(ish) restaurant. After all, that was the first reaction to Starbucks. Of course such boycotts are unlikely to have any profound policy change at either establishment…The initial outrage directed at Starbucks has subsided, despite a prolonged grumbling over the company’s anti-gun agenda. But, then again, caffeine is a drug, and many gun-toting conservatives are addicted. (Besides, I’d rather fork my money over to a spineless liberal organization than some mom-and-pop shop that sells “Hillary 2016” stickers, for 6 bucks a piece, with every latte.)


Michael Schaus

Michael Schaus is the Associate Editor for Townhall Finance, and the Executive Producer for Ransom Notes Radio. He is a former talk show host and political activist. Having worked in fields ranging from construction to financial investment, his perspectives and world views are forged with a deep understanding of what it means to be an American.