Toby Keith has been an outspoken supporter of the NRA, but he’s also a business owner who has to deal with facts and realities like letting people carry live weapons into a fucking bar will raise his liability insurance through the roof. So he issued what seemed like a pretty common sense statement on the restaurant’s Facebook page:
While we understand and respect every person’s right to own and bear arms, we at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, with guidance from the State of Virginia and based on insurance regulations, have adopted a no weapons policy. It is our desire to provided a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.
Fortunately, we live in a country where citizens are educated and informed enough to know that Toby Keith has the right as a business owner to operate his restaurant as he sees fit. Plus it’s not like people are going to be freaking out because they honestly believe they’ll need to draw in the middle of their Bull Rider Steak Sandwich while buzzed off a bucket of Buds. That’d be ridiculous, right?
That did little to quell the ire of gun owners, one whom responded to the restaurant’s Facebook message by saying, “Your post regarding your stance on not allowing patrons to defend them selves should the need arise is a total cop out to the bad publicity that your bad policy has initiated.”
Okay, so maybe there are some pissed off people. But what makes this country so great is that Big Government can’t just come in and tell Toby Keith how to run his gotdamn business. That’s how Nazi Germany started, and brother, I ain’t having it.
But gun owners may actually be legally allowed to carry loaded weapons in Keith’s restaurant under Virginia law, irrespective of what the sign says. Virginia is one of at least six states — the others being Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Arizona — that explicitly allows loaded guns in bars. “No Guns Permitted” signs don’t actually have the force of law in Virginia unless the state specifically lists the facility as one where people cannot carry guns.
Oh, so what? These commie pinko gun owners want the government to act like some sort of nanny who gets to tell Toby Keith how to run his business? Did I seriously just read that? Because where will it end with these teat-suckers? We all have to worship the same God? Observe the same holidays? WHATEVER HAPPENED TO FREEDOM??!