Chipotle asks – nicely – that customers not bring guns

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Friends, it has come to this. The burrito purveyor Chipotle has had to formally ask its customers not to bring guns into its restaurants. What is the world coming to? Next thing you know it’ll be no flamethrowers at the Ice Capades!  Jeepers – PC run amok.
 
It seems that some gun rights, um, advocates brought an assortment of long guns, shotguns and assault rifles to a self-declared “armed lunch” in Dallas recently and not all the other customers were tickled.
 
"We are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel,” Chipotle said in a statement – a really, really polite statement. They added:
 
"We acknowledge that there are strong arguments on both sides of this issue. We have seen those differing positions expressed in the wake of this event in Texas, where pro-gun customers have contacted us to applaud our support of the Second Amendment, and anti-gun customers have expressed concern over the visible display of military-style assault rifles in restaurants where families are eating. The vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens and we appreciate them honoring this request. And we hope that our customers who oppose the carrying of guns in public agree with us that it is the role of elected officials and the legislative process to set policy in this area, not the role of businesses like Chipotle. 
 
We always welcome the exchange of ideas and opinions: it is one of the many things that make our country such a special place. But this issue is not central to the operation of our business, and we do not feel that our restaurants should be used as a platform for either side of the debate.”
 
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