That's right, the Douchebag Hobbit holding his rifle at low ready (you know, so he can engage those immediate threats at the salsa bar) and Hodor - with the same look as the actor in the Game of Thrones series. To be honest, I feel bad for Hodor, he's just standing there with a dumb look on his face - literally - looking as reasonable as one can with a rifle slung inside a restaurant while his buddy decides to pose with his rifle at a poor approximation of low ready.
There is no way anyone should be shocked by this. Just from this picture, I think most reasonable people would have been a little concerned seeing the Douchebag Hobbit rifle unslung and at some form of low ready when walking into a burrito joint. Chipotle was never a supporter of gun rights, they were a business that followed applicable federal, state, and local laws. So it wasn't going to take much pressure to get them to respond to aberrant behavior - open carrying of rifles to start, posing with said rifles in hands just as a bonus.
Common sense is a rare commodity these days and seems to be even more rare in the die-hard open carry crowd. When I'm in Arizona, I open carry my handgun every day. When I walk into a business, I either drop my shirt over the gun or put on an open button up shirt. Why? Because I'm carrying to defend myself and my family, not to make a political statement.
If you really want to make a political statement, get off your ass and put work in for candidates who believe what you believe. Or write them a check. Or, if there are no candidates who believe what you do... run for office. Just don't confuse being a dick with being an activist. It's insulting to the people who put their money, their time, and their reputation on the line to support and expand gun rights.
Do you want to know why companies only need a little push from gun control advocates to go their way?
"Chipotle’s statement that firearms are not welcome in their restaurants is bold and meaningful – it shows that you can support the Second Amendment while also taking reasonable measures to ensure that Americans are safe and secure in the places we take our children," said founder of Moms Demand Action Shannon Watts.
Of course, for the children. Yes, it's a played out trope and an appeal to our basest desires to protect our children but, guess what, it works. It's sure as hell more appealing of an argument to the general public than a picture of the Douchebag Hobbit and Hodor and a bunch of guys saying it's okay just because they can.
I suppose it goes back to the simple idea of think before you act.
Or as grandpa always said, "If you're an asshole, be ready to be treated like an asshole". That old man was classy.
In case you want to actually, you know, read the release by Chipotle, here it is:
The issue of gun ownership or gun rights has become one of the most contentious debates in the country. Chipotle has never taken a position on this issue, as we focus instead on our mission to change the way people think about and eat fast food.
Recently participants from an “open carry” demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants, causing many of our customers anxiety and discomfort. Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.
Historically, we felt it enough to simply comply with local laws regarding the open or concealed carrying of firearms, because we believe that it is not fair to put our team members in the uncomfortable position of asking that customers refrain from bringing guns into our restaurants. However, because the display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers, we think it is time to make this request.
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.