Gun control advocates love to suggest that the only thing we need to do in order to erase violent crime from society is to make it illegal to own or carry one, and they’ve spent a lot of time and energy over the past few years trying to convince companies like Starbucks and Subway to ban the carrying of firearms in their stores. Generally what happens is the company “requests” that customers not carry, but there’s no actual sanction if a gun owner chooses not to honor that request.
The reason why these corporations end up with policies that don’t actually ban guns but allow gun control groups to pretend that they do is simple; they get to virtue signal on gun control while also being practical. Telling people not to bring a gun into a store is easy. Trying to escort them off the property or bringing charges against someone who does so, on the other hand, is difficult and messy.
We’re seeing the same mentality at work when it comes to mask mandates. It’s a pretty simple thing to ask customers to wear a mask before they enter your establishment. Figuring out what to do if they don’t, on the other hand, gets complicated pretty quickly.