Most Americans support banning guns in restaurants
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Most Americans don’t want to dine or shop near armed customers.
More than half – 55% – of the country supports banning guns in food establishments and retail stores, according to a new Huffington Post/YouGov poll. A mere 32% of the public said they prefer allowing armed individuals into such locations.
Seventy-two percent of Democrats and 41% of Republicans favor a no-gun policy. Exactly half of the GOP members who participated in the poll said they want shops to allow their clients to carry weapons.
Additionally, 64% of gun owners said they prefer businesses that permit firearms. But 65% of people who live in a household without guns and 63% who live with a gun-owner said they would rather visit a shop without armed citizens, the poll found.
The results came just days after the leaders of Sonic Drive-In and Chili’s Grill & Bar enforced no-gun policies at their locations nationwide. The food chains were the latest two national chains to say “no” to firearms, topping a list that already included Chipotle, Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Facebook, and Instagram. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America created petitions to push for change in policy within each company.
The poll, published Monday, was conducted among 1,000 U.S. adults between May 20 and 21, in the days after Chipotle enacted a new gun policy.
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How enforceable is a gun-free restaurant? Will the hostess pat you down or wand you?
Off duty cops? You never need a gun until you need one.
Hupp and her parents were having lunch at the Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen in 1991 when the Luby's massacre commenced. The gunman shot 50 people in all, killing 24 of them. Of those fatally wounded, two included both of Hupp's parents. Hupp later expressed regret about deciding to remove her gun from her purse and lock it in her car, lest she risk possibly running afoul of the state's concealed weapons laws; during the shootings, she reached for her weapon but then remembered that it was "a hundred feet away in my car." Her father, Al Gratia, feeling he "needed to do something", tried to rush the gunman and sadly was fatally shot in the chest instead. Hupp, eventually seeing an escape through a broken window (broken by the shoulder of another horrified, fleeing victim), grabbed her mother by the shirt telling her "Come on, we have to go now!" As Hupp moved toward the only escape, she believed her mother to be following behind. However, upon reaching the safety of outside, she then realized her Mother, Ursula Gratia had stayed behind for some reason. Hupp was told soon after the incident that her mother had instead watched her daughter get to safety and then turned to her Husband. Ursula stayed by the side of her mortally-wounded husband, cradling him as he slipped away. Al Gratia died almost instantly. Ursula Gratia had time to glance up at the gunman afterward and back down at her husband when the crazed man then shot her in the head at point-blank range, killing her instantly.