If you are a victim of a crime in a “gun-free zone,” a new bill from a Missouri lawmaker would allow you to sue the business that banned you from carrying a weapon for self-defense.
Rep.-elect Nick Schroer said his intent for this bill is similar to another he filed Thursday that would make it a hate crime to attack a police officer, firefighter or EMT because of their occupation. In both cases, the goal is deterrence.The proposal, known as House Bill 96, which would apply when a person who is authorized to carry a firearm, is prohibited from doing so by a business and is then injured by another person or an animal.
The left has long used the court system as a weapon against the right, suing its way to establish progressive legal precedents. Most recently, progressive anti-gun advocates backed the families in a lawsuit against gun manufacturer Remington for the Sandy Hook school shooting. The suit was dismissed because gun manufacturers are explicitly protected by law from being sued if their product is used in a crime. Do we hold Toyota liable for the damage resulting from a drunk driver behind the wheel of a Prius?
This might surprise you guys, but I’m not sure I can get behind this one.
The second amendment states that you have a right to bear arms. It doesn’t say you have an obligation to. If you choose to not have a gun, that is also your right. And if you are running a business, you should be allowed to say you don’t want guns in there.
Now, obviously, you have the right to take your business elsewhere. And I think that is where it should stop. If you choose to go someplace that doesn’t allow guns, then you are accepting the risk.
I understand you don’t always have a choice. You have to go to your kids’ schools and all. But it says “business owners.” Your kids’ schools are not a formal business, and I’m sure they would be exempt if this bill were to pass. Same with government buildings. They aren’t going to allow you to sue the government for being a gun free zone.
But I don’t agree with telling business owners how to run their business. They shouldn’t be blackmailed into doing something they don’t agree with. That stands for a lot of things, especially in recent years, but this is just another form of that. Either you want business owners to be allowed to stand up for their beliefs or you don’t.
And again, you have the right to take your business elsewhere if you don’t agree with that business owner. I usually do that now. But I am not going to sue them, either.