Originally Posted by tiffanymadison
As gun owners and firearm advocates, are you increasingly taking your business to establishments that support your concealed carry or right to carry on premises? Or, are your attitudes remaining the same as they always have in regards to choosing establishments that allow you to carry?
If trends continue, would you consider boycotting establishments that advocate for gun control politically or voice their gun free zone status as a business or organization publicly in support of gun control?
Yes. I will absolutely refuse to watch any movie staring any freedom hating hollywood actor. I refuse to shop at any business that is Anti-Freedom.
There's a very good example you might consider using that happened here on this very forum, invovling all of our members concerning Bass Pro Shops in Gurnee, Illinois. You can read the whole thing herehttp://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f97/bass-pro-shops-gone-too-far-59958/
But the short version is that Bass Pro Shops in Illinois were taking their legal advice from an Illinois State Police officer who thought it was his duty to send out bad legal advice to local businesses
Larry L. Whiteley firstname.lastname@example.org
1:24 PM (1 hour ago)
Thank you for your e-mail and I thank you for standing up for our 2nd amendment rights as we have always done and will continue to do.
In regards to gun policies at our stores, our company policy is to follow the gun laws in the state in which that store is in as they vary across the country.
Below is what we have been told by the Illinois State Police
Residents of bordering states can purchase long guns and ammo.
Inter-changeable ammo such as 9MM for long guns and hand guns is okay, if
the customer is purchasing at same time as firearm purchase. Nothing in
writing stating that, use your best judgment. Better not to sell 9MM,
7.62MM to non-residents, impossible to determine their use. Same applies
to those not from bordering states, if they purchase a non-resident hunting
license first for long guns or ammo. No hand gun ammo in Illinois for
non-residents. Be all that you can be!
----- Forwarded by Mark Marston/IlStPolice on 10/05/2011 12:28 PM -----
So, as you can see, this is the rule we are following. It is not our rule!
So, instead of getting with their legal department, Bass Pro Shops in Illinois decided it best to listen to a Police Officer and refuse to sell ammunition to anyone not a citizen of Illinois.
I'll go into more details later if you're interested, but suffice it to say, they made a VERY bad decision. After we spoke out to them, heavily, for a long time, they finally woke up, got w/ their Corporate lawyer team, and found out the Officer was wrong, we were right, and they reversed their decision, eliminating the anti-2nd Amendment policy.
For a while I had considered buying from them again - because I was ecstatic they had reversed their policy as the result of all of our hard work - but the more I thought about it, the more I considered it to be nothing short of infedility. Once a cheater, always a cheater. They may have reversed their decision, but they had already turend theri backs on us once, and didn't do everything in their power to stand up for OUR RIGHTS, and caved into pressure, adopting a policy that was even more strict than even Illinois FOID law (which is quite a feat to accomplish)
Funny enough, Larry Whitely didnt' even have the decency to thank any of us for showing his company where they were wrong so that they could make even more money. He seemed scorned that we had even brought it up. To hell with Bass Pro Shops.
Do you feel that a new form of discrimination is emerging against lawful gun-owners?
Yes. We have become the scapegoat for a lethargic political system. Politicians talk big game when it comes to the war on drugs, the war on poverty, the war on this, the war on that, but they never follow through because they simply don't have the power. Same thing here, with "school shootings" or mass shootings of any kind. They can't face the music that it is their policies that make these happen to the degree of which they do. They're not ncessarily 100% at fault, but they DO share some of the blame for making things like Gun Free zones and restrictions like we have here in Illinois on things like Concealed Carry.
We are the new villains. It's very obvious. The media, the President, and people at the water cooler, aren't talking about ways to keep criminals from getting guns, they're talking about how to keep John and Jane doe from having a gun. There's a seedy underbelly to all of this, and anyone who supports it now, will not be supported by me, later, when they need it most.
I believe it was Will Smith who provides the best quote:
"If you're absent during my struggle, don't expect to be present during my success"