Wild Wings doesn’t need wild firearms
Published: Sunday, February 10, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 10, 2013 22:02
Hand guns synonymous with chicken wings? You would not believe me unless I told you so.
I want to begin by saying that I have no partisan ties and believe that a non-partisan government is the only true recipe for success in the United States. We are becoming as a nation less and less united as each administration is given the task of finding the best possible solution to the most difficult problems. The possible ban on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines is becoming a very difficult situation. While it may seem logical to some, this ban is threatening to “take away” the right of others to keep and bear arms.
So what does all this have to do with chicken wings? More than you might think. I recently came across a rather disturbing piece of information while scrolling through Facebook.
People are literally boycotting Buffalo Wild Wings (and other businesses) because of their decision to ban firearms on the premises.
At first glance, I realized that the reason for this was a consideration of an infringement of Second Amendment rights. It needs to be stated and realized, however, that our rights spelled out in the Bill of Rights and our unalienable rights coined in the Declaration of Independence are only our rights if they do not take away the rights of others. Right?
And the same idea goes with the laws that we live by. If a business decides to exercise the right given to them by lawmakers to ban firearms on the premises, we, as citizens of freedom and equality, have to abide by their decision or we are taking away their right.
So my question remains: What does this have to do with chicken wings? I personally have never sat down at a table in preparation of downing about 15 wings and thought to myself, “Wouldn’t this be better if there was a loaded firearm on my hip?” or “Would these wings taste even better if my right to bear my firearm wasn’t being taken away?”
The answer to both dilemmas is unequivocally and emphatically, No!
I sympathize with those who stand firm on the values and rights set down by our forefathers, but I have to ask about the necessity of boycotting establishments exercising these same rights.
It is also necessary to point out that in the state of Tennessee, firearms are prohibited by law while under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance.
Buffalo Wild Wings is a public establishment where alcoholic beverages are served.
They are not only protecting the interest of the company by avoiding altercations that may result from selling alcohol to someone carrying a concealed weapon; they are also protecting patrons from unknowingly breaking gun-carrying laws.
Let us go forth and utilize our right to petition the government, to write our Congress members with our concerns, and to be active citizens in this great nation, but let us do so logically, sympathetically and reasonably.
After all, if destroying a plate full of traditional hot wings and a pitcher of Blue Moon was not covered by Thomas Jefferson and John Locke’s ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’ then I don’t know what was.