A firestorm of backlash has been mounting against Backstreets Pub & Deli in Clemson, South Carolina that put a derogatory sign in its store window telling gun owners to keep out.
“NO CONCEALED WEAPONS ALLOWED,” the sign warns. “If you are such a loser that you feel a need to carry a gun with you when you go out, I do not want your business. Douchebag.”
One Twitter user commented:
“When do the going out of business specials start? I know a sign spinner that is available.”
When asked if Backstreets would go out of business for the fallout, a Twitter account for the pub replied: “Who knows.”
Terri, on Yelp, gave the pub a one-star rating.
“Not allowing law abiding permit holding background checked conceal carry permit holders into your establishment is begging for criminals to come in and make an easy target out of you,” she said.
“So, you would even insult the soldiers that fought for your freedom and right to post that offensive sign?” asked Tim, who also gave one star. “Would you say the same thing to a police officer? I guess you have the right to be an idiot as well. God bless America, the Constitution and the Second Amendment.”
The owner of the pub, who would only give the name Pete, describes himself as a conservative Democrat, not the “big-ass liberal” people are painting him to be. A conservative liberal, WHAT? Sounds like an extremely confused individual to me.
Pete, told The Washington Times that he’s a big supporter of gun rights and has had a concealed weapons permit since 2001, but doesn’t feel guns have any place in a college town. Quiet everyone, if you listen closely you can hear the faint sounds of back peddling.
“There are cops everywhere. Cameras everywhere. Guns have no place here in a college town,” he said.
Oh I see Pete, so I can be saved by cameras and the police if my life is threatened. Both the cameras and the police serve the same purpose, they both help in bringing criminals to justice, in other words they do not prevent the crime.
As far as the sign, which was apparently only temporary, Pete said he regretted the language he used.
I’m sorry I used that language,” he told the Times. “It just came out wrong because I was frustrated.”
Frustration you say? It sure sounds to me like the statement is coming from ignorance not frustration. The fact that Pete believes that the cameras and police will prevent the crime supports this theory.
Pete said the local community has rallied behind his pub, but the national backlash has caused him to take his phones off the hook.
To bad the owner made it personal. I respect the wishes of business owners that respectfully state that they do not want my business. I do not respect the owner of a business that makes personal attacks against people exercising their constitutional rights in a safe and responsible manner. Enjoy your bed of nails there Pete, you made it.
I fixed the sign for you Pete, please find it attached below.
It appears that the Backstreet Pud & Deli Facebook page has been pulled, at least temporarily. I imagine this is due to the enormous amount of complaints that they have been receiving.
A Note Form The Author:
This post was created to show the ignorance of gun control activist. With this being said I have been pouring over the comments on pro-gun sites and social media to find that I have some concerns. I am flabbergasted by the amount of ignorance that is spewing from the pro-gun side. It appears, in many instances, that the ignorance from the pro-gunners is equal to the ignorance of the anti-gunners.
I feel I need to explain why the above post is offensive to me, as a concealed carrier. It is not offensive to me because they posted a sign saying that I am not welcome, especially in a bar. I do however find the poor choice of words used in telling me that I am not welcome to be offensive. It is also offensive because it ignorantly assumes that cameras and police will be able to protect me when it is my responsibility for my own protection. I have no problem with a business not wanting me carrying in their establishment and I have no problem not doing business with them either.
I do understand that some people may take offense to the business displaying the sign for other reasons. I am merely pointing out the part that is offensive to me personally.
Please take some time and think before posting viscous, offensive and down right vulgar responses on social media, forums and websites. I have seen instances of wishes of ill fate and threats towards the establishment. This is not acceptable and should not be tolerated by anyone no matter what side of the fence you may be on. I have also witnessed ignorance of the law and half hearted attempts in justifying emotional responses to the event. In short, please take the time to think before posting, it only does harm to supporters of the Second Amendment to spout more rhetoric and make threats at the opposition.