A half-dozen people protested outside a new Mariano’s grocery store in Northbrook, Ill., on Tuesday, with signs warning customers that the new location was unsafe. It wasn’t the food that the picketers took issue with, though—it was their gun policy. Protesters believe that Mariano’s is endangering shoppers’ lives by not banning guns, as the chain does in its other Chicago-area stores with ‘no guns allowed’ signs.
In truth, restricting legal carry by law-abiding citizens would make the store less safe, but evidently businesses are now expected to go above and beyond the law in the locations where they operate. A spokesman for Mariano’s responded accordingly, saying, “Our policy is to follow the law wherever we are.”
Oklahoma Pastor Shoots At Burglary Suspect
A man allegedly burglarized a church in northeastern Oklahoma City, Okla., but the pastor confronted him and held him at gunpoint, directing him to wait outside on the ground for police. Prior to their arrival, the suspect changed his mind and got up, at which point the pastor fired two shots. The suspect fled and was apprehended a short time later by police.
Oklahoma City police confirmed that the pastor has a concealed-carry license and that no one was injured in the incident.
Armed Drive-Thru Worker Scares Off Would-Be Robbers
Two armed suspects pulled into a Maggiore’s Drive Thru in Canton, Ohio, with the apparent intention of making some quick cash, but they were in for a surprise.
Upon pointing a firearm at a clerk on duty, the clerk drew his own gun, causing them to quickly flee. It was yet another example of the many, many times each year that a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun—without ever firing a shot.
Police are currently searching for the suspects, who are wanted for attempted aggravated robbery.
"Gun Violence Conference" Slated In Advance Of NRA Meetings
NRA holds its Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Louisville, Ky., next spring, but attendees won’t be the only ones visiting that town to talk about guns. A group called the Sowers of Justice Network plans to stage a “conference” on gun violence in the city on Sept. 26. Organizers said that the upcoming NRA event next spring “only heightens the awareness of the need for alternative pathways to gun violence.”
No one is actively calling this a push for gun control, but the event is said to feature shooting survivors and “proponents of common-sense gun regulations …as well as people active in peacemaking.” While the event appears to be largely sponsored by church groups, a list of “endorsers” turns up the usual suspects: Moms Demand Action, the Brady Campaign. We seriously doubt attendance rivals that of the anti-gun rally that attempted to overshadow the Annual Meetings in Nashville—but only featured 150 protestors compared to the 70,000-plus NRA attendees.
Billionaire Allen Exempts Buddies, But Leaves Gun Owners Out In The Cold
In November, Initiative 1401, a measure prohibiting the sale, purchase or distribution of products from animals threatened with extinction due to poaching, will appear on Washington state ballots. Gun owners are objecting to this measure because it unfairly targets them while creating exemptions for musical instruments—and recently, NRA lobbyist Brian Judy speculated that this has as much to do with cronyism as it does hatred of guns.
At an NRA-sponsored event in Federal Way, Judy explained, “In Olympia, the Seattle Symphony was opposing the bill because a lot of their instruments … are made out of ivory.”
Judy said they reached out to Paul Allen, a big financial supporter of the Symphony, to express their displeasure. “So he wrote an exemption for his elitist buddies at the Seattle Symphony,” Judy said. Requests for a similar exemption for gun owners have repeatedly been ignored.
“Why are you singling us out?” Judy asked. “It’s all elitist hypocrisy.”