The members of Moms Demand Action love to portray themselves as folks who aren’t opposed to the Second Amendment, but are just in favor of a “few common sense gun regulations.” In truth, though, I’ve never seen any volunteer or staffer with MDA object to a gun control bill on Second Amendment grounds (or for any other reason, for that matter). Their idea of “gun safety” is don’t own a gun, and almost everything the organization does is designed to limit the right to keep and bear arms; either through new legislation or public pressure campaigns against private businesses.
While Moms Demand Action is hard at work trying to get Senate Republicans to sign on to new gun control legislation, some of its members are multitasking and aiming their rhetorical firepower at the company DoorDash. Why? Because DoorDash doesn’t specifically bar its contractors from carrying for self defense while on the job.
On today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co we take a closer look at the arguments made my the anti-gun moms, which boil down to “I don’t care why they’re carrying. I just don’t like it.”
@Doordash I didn't know carrying a loaded gun and a magazine was a requirement to deliver food. Yes! Your driver showed up at my door just like that. I am a survivor of gun violence. Is this your policy? #foreverShawn @JoshuaCole @MomsDemand @Everytown
— Brenda Moss (@BrendaDMoss) March 14, 2021
This was the tweet that started it all. Brenda Moss is a Moms Demand Action volunteer in Lynchburg, Virginia whose son Shawn was shot and killed in 2014 by a convicted felon who’d illegally obtained a handgun. I can’t imagine the pain that Moss carries with her every day, but I also can’t understand why Moss would want to put delivery drivers in a position where they’re unable to protect themselves from other violent criminals who’ve also illicitly gotten their hands on a firearm.
Moss received a lot of support from other members of Moms Demand Action after her original tweet, all of them demanding that DoorDash commit to disarming their contracted drivers while they’re on the clock.
It’s a no for me, @DoorDash. We need to hear your policy on this and plans to be sure your customers have their meal delivered without the threat of gun violence. @DoorDash_Help https://t.co/qjLYMr678F
— Robyn Sordelett, MSW (@robbiclairesord) March 15, 2021
.@Doordash, you have some explaining to do. Your drivers should NOT be rolling up to people's homes carrying a loaded weapon. ESPECIALLY not to my friend @BrendaDMoss's house. Is this your policy? Address this now, or a boycott is on. #MomsAreEverywhere https://t.co/k0rCj9jClj
— ArtsyJoJoBeans (@ArtsyJoJoBeans) March 15, 2021
Delivery drivers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the country as it is, and the number of carjackings and robberies targeting both rideshare and food delivery drivers appears to be on the rise. Just a few weeks ago I interviewed now-former Lyft driver Cynthia Norman, who was axed by the company after she used her legally-owned and carried gun to fend off a pair of would-be robbers and carjackers. Lyft, like Uber, has a corporate policy in place forbidding contractors from carrying a firearm while on the clock, even if they’re in their own vehicle.
It’s not just Cynthia. The New York Times reported just a week ago on the targeting of delivery drivers, and it’s not hard to find recent stories of DoorDash contractors who’ve been robbed and assaulted while on the job. In fact, Mom-at-Arms (who contributes here at Bearing Arms as well as at her own website) responded to Moss with several recent stories of DoorDash drivers being victimized by violent criminals.
Yeah, god forbid they watch out for their own safety just to not hurt your feelings 🙄 pic.twitter.com/WnpH9lj3co
— MomAtArms (@mom_at_arms) March 15, 2021
So far DoorDash hasn’t officially responded to Moss or Moms Demand Action, but it might be a good idea to give the company some positive feedback in support of policies that allow for contractors who are carrying within the confines of the law to do so, even on the clock. Again, as of right now I can’t find any DoorDash policy disarming drivers, and we’d like to keep it that way, so if you do contact the company be polite and civil. You don’t even need to badmouth the Moms Demand Action activists. Just thank the company for their current policy and urge them to keep it in place for the safety of their drivers, who shouldn’t have to choose between their life and their livelihood.