Toby Keith Anti-Gun Restaurant Prompts Pro-Gun Registry
Earlier this month, Toby Keith’s new “I Love This Bar and Grill” made national news, not because the country star was going back to his country roots, but because he was moving away from them. On the door of his new pub can be found the controversial sign, “No Guns Permitted.” Perhaps it’s because the pub is located in the DC suburb of Woodridge, VA. Perhaps he missed the fact that pro-gun owners move out there to get away from the DC gun grabbers. Whatever his reasons, Keith made a mistake, and Brian Crosswhite has created the 2amendment.org registry to ensure the message is sent loud and clear.
We’ve all seen it with dogs–the small ones bark the most to make up for feeling small. So it is with people and minorities. Because minorities often feel small, they have the tendency to be very loud to make up for it. Since the majority of Americans don’t support gun control, and since the country has as many firearms as people, gun grabbers feel small. So, they make a lot of noise and get publicity. If you are a country star and post “No Guns Permitted” on your pub’s door, you are expecting pity visits from those that like it; and they are the vocal minorities. Not the cowboys. Not the soldiers. Not the Patriots. But that should already be obvious to a country singer.
On his Facebook page, Keith said this: “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.”
Toby, you should have been a cowboy. If you had really been one, not simply worn the hat and boots, you’d have realized that this was a bad publicity stunt–one that gets you burned from the likes of Brian Crosswhite.
Crosswhite is the owner of Cajan Experience and creator of 2amendment.org, which serves as a registry of pro-gun companies across the country. White Crosswhite claims that the registry’s Sunday release is not meant to directly attack Toby Keith’s pub, he did say that, “We want to make it something for business owners who are pro-Second Amendment.” The registered companies will be given a “2AO 2014” sticker for their window, and their business information will be included in the coming app.
I’m personally thankful for the likes of Crosswhite and others that are willing to take a stand on important issues. For Crosswhite, that means pro-gun registries and Open Carry Wednesdays at his Cajun Experience. I personally agree with his mentality; if you support your country and your innate rights, you should be open about them. So, you carry, and you put it on your restaurant door, and you add your name to a list of publicly recognized companies that will uphold those rights.
If someone posted “No Free Speech Allowed” on the door of their business, I wonder how many people would show up to protest it. But we still put up with this?
Toby Keith, you really should have been a cowboy. Instead, you love your bar and grille, you love your girlfriend, your dog, and your car. But you clearly don’t love your rights or respect the need for others to exercise theirs. Just because your bar is in Woodbridge doesn’t mean you need to suck up to the DC gun control psychos. While Brian Crosswhite might not as popular as you, “No Guns Permitted” is the kind of thing he despises, which makes him instantly more cowboy than you. It makes him instantly my friend.