Shooting yourself in the foot

Yesterday I went with my family to a restaurant that I have always generally liked, but yesterday it made me mad. The restaurant was Jonathan’s Sports Grill. Not only have they abolished the half-off pizzas after 10 p.m. deal (which is a whole ‘nother story), but now yesterday I saw a sign on the door prohibiting guns. What is it with these worthless hippies? KNOW YOUR PLACE. You are a restaurant in WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tennessee. Get with the program, or get out of town!

This experience kinda made me want to create my own restaurant and establish some similar policy, except using the opposite of political correctness to make a point. In my restaurant, I would just absolutely cast political correctness out the window. Maybe I could create a restaurant with a sign in the door that said something like, “No Handicapped People Allowed.” Why? Absolutely no reason. Or maybe just, “No Red-Heads” (my sister’s idea). You know, just something that would needlessly and pointlessly infuriate a subset of my potential customers. Or I guess I could always just single out some random race or two — like the idiots businesses used to do during segregation.

“But Drew, you’re so mean!” Well it’s not much different from what these fools do. These business geniuses apparently love to exclude or antagonize their own customers, for no purpose whatsoever. And don’t give me this garbage about “Well it’s a sports bar so they don’t want guns.” I don’t care. There are already laws against getting intoxicated when you’re carrying a gun so that’s no excuse.

No, I probably will not stop going to Jonathan’s altogether. But little insults like that sign in the window just subtract from the utility I experience during the business transaction. Imagine if all the prices went up one dollar in a restaurant that you liked. That dollar increase alone might not stop you from coming altogether, but it would discourage you. In the end, a stupid and pointless policy like this anti-gun nonsense makes me less likely to frequent the establishment.

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4 Responses to “Shooting yourself in the foot”


  1. 1 Ilíon May 27, 2010 at 12:11 am

    … Or I guess I could always just single out some random race or two – like the idiots businesses used to do during segregation.

    Except that most of the business were doing it because govenments were requiring them to do it.

  2. 2 Drew May 27, 2010 at 2:14 am

    As far as I’m aware, that’s not entirely true. I think the government only compelled it in public institutions and facilities (schools, buses, parks). Then private businesses were free to do as they chose, and many chose to follow the dumb moral example of their governments.

    That’s why Senate candidate Rand Paul has recently suggested (correctly so) that parts of the 1964 Civil Rights Act exceeded Congress’s authority — because it regulated small private businesses. If a state discriminates then of course the Congress has the right to intervene under the Fourteenth Amendment. But if a private business does it, Congress has to weasel around its lack of authority by pretending to use the Commerce Clause. They used their moralistic anti-racist rhetoric to justify calling every business in America “interstate commerce,” as shown in the following two cases:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_of_Atlanta_Motel_v._United_States
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katzenbach_v._McClung

    But the trend toward calling everything interstate commerce had actually begun back in the New Deal, so the civil rights congressmen weren’t the only ones at fault.

    That said, I’m not really arguing that the government should force Jonathan’s to let me bring my gun inside. I’m just insulting Jonathan’s because they’re enabling wicked tyranny and they deserve rebuke. Businesses should have the freedom to shoot themselves in the foot by discriminating against customers (gun-owners, or whomever). Then eventually, wiser businesses can displace them in the pursuit of greater profit.

  3. 3 Wintery Knight May 28, 2010 at 12:43 am

    But Drew, you’re so mean!

    Because you don’t comment on my blog any more!

    I hope you voiced your displeasure with the people.

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