Say it ain’t so Toby Keith…guns banned at YOUR restaurants?

In case you haven’t had the pleasure of going to a Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, I have to say it is a pretty fun time.  Last time I was out in Folsom California a couple of friends took me and it is a good place to see some live music and with a good crowd of country lovin boot wearin salt of the Earth types, of which California actually has a few.

It was my to my amazement and discontent that I have learned that the newest TK Restaurant will be prohibiting peoples right to defend themselves.  Now, if this was in NYC or DC or some other oppressive locale I would understand that it was the government that was making potential victims out of law abiding citizens…but this new restaurant is in VIRGINIA!

True, it is in NORTHERN Virginia, about 20 miles away from DC but that only means that their is more onus on the patrons to be properly armed when leaving the establishment as DC’s close proximity is conducive to criminals jaunting over for crimes of opportunity.Compounding the ignorant stance of TK’s Bar & Grill was their open lies to try and pass the blame onto the state of Virginia.

Compounding the ignorant stance of TK’s Bar & Grill was their open lies to try and pass the blame onto the state of Virginia by releasing the following statement:

Logo for Toby Keith's Bar & Grill

Logo for Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While we understand and respect every person’s right to own and bear arms, we at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, with guidance from the State of Virginia and based on insurance regulations, have adopted a no weapons policy. It is our desire to provided a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.

You know what I enjoy?  Not be murdered on my way to my car at night because I was unarmed.

I’m not sure what guidance they supposedly received from the State of Virginia or whether they just called up some flunkie bureaucrat and asked if guns were legal in bars and was answered with an ignorant “of course not” by someone unqualified to actually answer but whatever it was it was wrong.

Virginia DOES NOT ban firearms in bars.  Since July 1st 2010 it has been legal to possess a firearm in a bar or a restaurant that serves alcohol.  The catch is that you cannot be drinking.

So, TK’s Bar is really making this decision on it’s own.  I’m not sure what the insurance issue is as plenty of bars and restaurants in Virginia have no issues whatsoever with allowing firearms on the premises so that seems like another red herring.

Instead of banning firearms from the premises, which any criminal is going to ignore, or really anyone who puts their life ahead of a company’s ignorant policy, TK’s Bar could have simply placed a sign reminding those that are carrying a firearm concealed that they are not allowed to ingest alcohol on the premises.

Of course, this doesn’t address the Open Carriers.  Open carrying in a bar is legal and it is also legal to drink while doing that.  The rationale behind that is the same as a person who the business knowingly is going to drive home.  They’re not going to line up Tequila shooters for a guy with his car keys in his hand saying he needs a little kick for the ride home.  So too will people avoid feeding alcohol to a person carrying a gun who is beginning to get drunk whereas a bartender may feed a concealed carrier booze until he is passed out drunk.

Now, getting drunk and being armed isn’t the best combination and should be avoided.  Getting drunk in general should be avoided.

Rights shouldn’t be infringed, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have a responsibility while exercising them.  One such responsibility is not getting blackout drunk and doing something stupid with it that may hurt someone.

But with that being in the minority is it really fair to all the people who carry a gun and have a drink with dinner?

And to those who say “leave it in the car” I say this; since when are parking lots known as bastions of safety?  The time from the restaurant to the car is probably the MOST important time to be properly armed.

So, to sum it up, TK’s Bar & Grill is banning guns and trying to pass it off like it is Virginia’s fault, which is a lie.

Now, this brings us to the next point, what does Toby Keith know about all this?

See, many people have started ripping Toby Keith for this un-American infringement but to say that may be like blaming him because your hamburger was overcooked.  My point being that yes, Toby Keith puts his name on the business but that doesn’t mean that he necessarily has anything to do with the day to day operations of running it.

Now, with that said, he DOES have his name on the door and now that this situation has come to light, his actions or INACTIONS will speak volumes on what he actually believes about this matter.

Until Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill rescinds their dangerous and un-American policy I will not love that bar and will take my money elsewhere.

And really, come on Toby Keith, what are you, Country Music’s Starbucks?


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