There is simply no reason someone would need to bring their gun with them in order to purchase milk, bread, or other necessities at a grocery store. Customers should feel safe while shopping, and employees should not be fearful while doing their jobs.
You have the opportunity to take a strong stance in support of creating a safe, welcoming environment in Connecticut’s food retailers. Again, we urge you to implement a new policy that would prevent the open carry of guns in your member stores.
There would seem to be no obvious need to use a pistol to borrow a book, buy a pair of shoes or watch one’s car detailed, either, so this proposed ban is rather disingenuous -our senators want a ban on carrying guns, period. But carrying a weapon is about deterring crime, not causing it (except, of course, when it is, but those people are already banned from possessing guns) and has nothing to do with the everyday activity of shopping itself.
So why seek to protect the fish and the cheese counters, specifically? No reason at all, but a woman got upset the other day when she saw a pistol on the belt of a man reaching for a quart of milk, and freaked out. The dangerous character turned out to be a detective, but the “incident” spurred a drive to ban guns in food stores and our senators have seen a way to get their names in the news by joining the circus.
It’s just another opportunity to attack gun owners, again – safety has nothing to do with it, except in a negative way: when there is a need for a gun to protect fellow citizens, the gun won’t be there.