Sunday, July 26, 2015

Eat at Whataburger

“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.” ― Frederick Douglass

I APPLAUDE, Preston Atkinson. If any who read this live where there's a Whataburger, eat there and thank them for taking a stand against gun insanity. 

Paul was in HyVee recently — it's a grocery store for god's sakes where there are moms and children and silver-haired grandmas — and some civilian asshole, a mountain of a man, came swaggering in with gun on his hip. 

Paul left. He said, "I'm not shopping where they let armed idiots in. What's he afraid of — that the broccoli might try something?"

So vote with your purse or wallet. Eat at Whataburger, and tell them why.

Here's a link to all Whataburger locations.

Whataburger Takes Stand Against Texas' New Open Carry Law

By The Associated Press
July, 12, 2015

An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places.

Whataburger — with some 780 locations in 10 states — has drawn a mix of praise and rebuke since making the announcement this month, including a prediction of boycotts from one of the state's leading advocates for gun rights.

In an open letter on the company's website, Whataburger president and CEO Preston Atkinson said many employees and customers are "uncomfortable being around someone with a visible firearm." He described himself as an avid hunter with a concealed-carry license and noted that patrons licensed to carry concealed handguns will still be able to do so in Whataburger.

Atkinson's letter comes one month after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill that made it legal to carry handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, ending a prohibition dating back to the post-Civil War era that disarmed former Confederate soldiers and freed slaves.

The law, which gives private property owners the right to prohibit open carry, was hailed as a victory for gun rights advocates who have staged high-profile rallies at the Alamo and Texas Capitol over the past couple of years. Some even brought military-style assault rifles into businesses as part of their demonstrations, prompting the Chipotle restaurant chain to discourage firearms on their premises.

Whataburger's decision is expected to pave the way for other restaurants to enact similar policies that will further limit where gun owners can openly carry their firearms when the law takes effect in January. Texas Restaurant Association CEO Richie Jackson said he wasn't surprised by Whataburger's advance announcement, noting that "gun rights do not trump property rights" under the new law. "It can't be kept a secret," he said. "Given the number of units that they have in Texas, they just wanted to make it very clear as to where they were going to be, and I would expect to see a number of restaurants follow."

But Open Carry Texas founder C.J. Grisham said Whataburger's policy was "premature and irresponsible," and that the restaurant caved to "fear mongering." "I think most gun owners that know this policy are simply not going to go to Whataburger, like me," he said.


  1. If I still lived down there, I'd totally eat there - even though we rarely eat fast food other than Pollo Loco (mexican grilled chicken and steamed veggies being my choice). Businesses must take a stand against these fools. We consumers must take stances against businesses who allow it. Here in CA, only cops are allowed to open carry and I'm okay with that. Ok, more than ok, I'm thrilled. There are still guns on the street but since it's illegal, fewer of them.

  2. I'm of the opinion that we are literally dying for lack of more restrictive gun laws.