While anti-gunner and Second Amendment rights advocates agree on little when it comes to guns, the one thing we do tend to agree on is that police officers should be armed. Considering the nature of their work, they need to be armed, after all. Anti-gunners tend to only want police officers armed, which is where things start to break down, of course.
However, uniformed officers being armed? Usually not a problem.
Unfortunately, it was for one Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer.
While Outback has admitted the manager made a mistake and are trying to make it right, it shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Obviously, I’m of the opinion that Outback should lift this “gun free” nonsense, but even if they don’t, who asks a uniformed law enforcement officer to leave their duty weapon in the car?
Seriously, who does that?
But let’s take a look at that story again.
In a Facebook post, Officer Andrew Ward of the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency explained that he and his wife had stopped by the Outback Steakhouse to eat dinner when a manager came up and asked him to put his gun in his truck.
“I let her know that I couldn’t because I was in uniform,” Ward recalled. “She then went and made a call and came back and we were asked to leave because Outback is a gun free zone.”
Ward explained that a complaint from another customer sitting nearby spurred the manager to approach he and his wife.
“There was another customer that was ‘scared for her life’ who was seated across from us,” Ward wrote. “This customer also stated that she was afraid because ‘police are shooting people’ and this customer went on to demand to be escorted to her vehicle out of fear of being shot.”
In other words, this whole thing wasn’t the result of anti-gun sentiments, but anti-police.
The left has done a hell of a job demonizing police officers, apparently to the point that diners think that an officer will just gun her down simply for existing.
Frankly, I can’t help but think the manager made a bad call by catering to this nutbar rather than the officer in question. Who demands an escort to their car simply because a police officer was handy? Then again, calling for a police officer to escort Madame Fruit Loop would have been hilarious.
Unfortunately, that was the call the manager made. Ward seems satisfied, but I sure as hell am not.
Regardless of where you fall on the gun debate, this kind of thing shouldn’t be tolerated. We should all band together to combat the kind of anti-police prejudice that fed this monster. Police officers are human beings. Some are good, some are bad, but the vast majority are out there, risking their lives, just to enforce our laws.
In Ward’s case, as a Wildlife Resources Agency officer, he has to make contact with hunters as part of this job. While their hunting. With rifles. Rifles that have greater range than that pistol Mrs. Bananas was so scared of. In other words, he’s having to approach people who have the means to kill him before he can even see where they are, just to enforce game laws.
So yeah, this particular Outback made a bad call.