Following this Sunday morning's shooting at a Nashville, Tennessee Waffle House many people are wondering if they will be able to defend themselves should another of these establishments be attacked. Well today we are going to take a look at Waffle House's gun policy to see just how you are allowed to defend yourselves once entering their restaurants.
THE WAFFLE HOUSE SHOOTING
For those of you who haven't heard the story, early Sunday morning a gunman, Travis Reinking entered a Nashville Waffle House and proceeded to open fire with an AR-15 that he was carrying. The carnage was quick and vicious and sadly ended with the shooting of six people and the deaths of four of those innocent civilians.
It took the actions of an unarmed man, 29-year-old James Shaw to wrestle the gun away from Reinking's hands before the shooter ran off into the night. At the time of writing this article Travis Reinking still has not been captured and anyone who has information about him is urged to call the Nashville Police Department at (615) 862-8600.
WAFFLE HOUSE GUN POLICY
Now, as morbid as this may sound, this tragedy could have been avoided if Waffle House's stance on firearms was more in line with our founding fathers. If you look at the facts, Waffle House is a predominantly Southern company, rife with locations in the bible belt and more traditionally conservative America. What does that mean? More law-abiding gun owners.
Unfortunately Waffle House has a history of being an anti-gun company. In an interview with Second Amendment Check, a member of Waffle House's corporate office said to them that the company did not agree with citizen's second amendment rights within their restaurants.
“She told us they ban firearms in every location, except for law enforcement. She believes all locations are posted as gun free zones.”
And if that is not enough, in 2015 a Kentucky Waffle House refused to serve an armed National Guardsman in one of their establishments.
How much easier would it have been to stop this senseless massacre if it didn't take an unarmed hero to risk his life to lunge for the gun and rather have a room full of well armed citizens ready with their firearms to handle the situation? Unfortunately we will never know.
What do you think of this story? Do you feel this situation would have been better handled if it didn't take someone with no gun to defend the restaurant? Let us know in the comments below.