Chipotle Chooses Burritos over Bullets

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Over the weekend, Open Carry Texas visited a Chipotle restaurant in Dallas. They called it an “armed trip,” according to a Facebook post highlighting the event. Gun extremists lauded the “trip,” and began cheering Chipotle on social media, and maligning and insulting anyone who dared suggest this was a horrible idea. Chipotle’s Facebook page administrators were responding to all comments with the standard “We follow state laws” language. In what can only be called bizarre timing, last Wednesday, a customer in a Utah Chipotle restaurant accidentally dropped a bag, discharging the loaded handgun contained within. Local media interviewed a woman who was eating lunch with her family, who said:

What’s scary about it is the gun hit the floor and went off. But had the gun hit another way could have shot anyone in the restaurant, my family included.

No citations were issued:

despite the fact the man was carrying a loaded gun with a bullet in the chamber and likely the safety off it’s not against the law.

Other gun extremists popped in the Dallas Chipotle, including two men whose photo has gone viral. The man who posted the photo, going by the name Flakoo Delcampo, is standing next to a friend, and the text states:

Nothing Like Eating Openly with your Sks and Good Budiies[sic]….Fact of the matter is..Know your rights and Dont[sic]give them up Because of Fear…

There’s also nothing that screams patriotism louder than wandering around armed with same type of firearm once used by the Viet Cong and the Soviet Army.

Monday, Chipotle issued a statement saying in part:

Recently participants from an “open carry” demonstration in Texas brought guns (including military-style assault rifles) into one of our restaurants, causing many of our customers anxiety and discomfort.  Because of this, we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants, unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.

Chipotle chose burritos over bullets, thanks to Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in AmericaEverytown, and the thousands of people who contacted Chipotle, asking them to stand up to gun extremists. Many of us visited Chipotle’s Facebook page Monday, immediately after learning of their press release, thanking them. It’s important when a company recognizes the safety of their customers is more important than appeasing a few extremists.

Last Thursday, Mother Jones ran an absolutely fantastic article on what happens to supporters of safe gun laws, especially women. The piece told the story of Jennifer Longdon being spat on in an airport, and having a masked man step out from the shadows in front of her home. He took aim with what in the darkness looked like a rifle, aimed, and pulled the trigger. Langdon was hit with a stream of water, and as the man was leaving he said:

Don’t you wish you had a gun now bitch? 

The men and women advocating for safer gun laws are attacked every day by gun extremists. When Lt. Colonel Robert Bateman wrote a piece for Esquire entitled “It’s Time We Talk About Guns,” he was inundated with over 2,000 emails, many of them riddled with threats of violence. Lt. Colonel Bateman shared a few of these with his readers in a followup article. Here are some examples:

I shall descent upon your house as the Bubonic Plague and will steal your children….

You, whatever you are, may now go to hell. I shall defend my rights (to the death of you, or anyone else who tries to take away my right [or anyone else’s] to defend themselves from mortal attacks on this planet). In closing, I shall witness your destruction, as I live on.
Those of your ilk shall be terminated with extreme prejudice from this earth, by THE power that you describe as ‘fabled gods’, and your memory will be forgotten for all eternity.
While you still draw breath, you are able to gain salvation. I pray that you take this matter seriously, as you are getting weak and old, and obviously not fit to continue living on this Earth; and your mortality stares you in the face every day in the bathroom mirror. In the meantime, fat fuck with liver spots, come over and try to take my weapons. SERIOUSLY. Lead the charge. Try it, you might like it, you brave-talking pussified motherfucker. You are a sick and twisted individual, and no sentient human owes you any attention; nonetheless, I forewarn you now, in the name of God. Your MORTALITY awaits you. Do the bidding of your master Lucifer, you SLAVE! Your reward surely awaits you! FOOL! You talk smack. C’mon, boi, let’s see you, here and now, and take my weapons, you dickweeded proletariat charlatan traitor to your nation and its’ people! FUCK YOU. Seriously, FUCK YOU!

I hope one day a Patriot puts a bullet right through your fucking skull, you disgusting parasite. DIE IN A FIRE.

Keep it up, asshole, your place will certainly be a hole somewhere in the ground. “Military” honors will be optional and doubtful. Veiled threat? No, this is a prediction, a strong one. You are a true disgrace to this country and and don’t deserve to be in command of a bowl of shit. Sincerely, your sworn enemy.

Lt. Colonel Bateman is an infantryman, who has taught at Military History at the U.S. Military Academy. He is a decorated officer, who has served his country with bravery and honor. And this is how is treated by gun extremists, many of whom, according to Lt. Colonel Bateman’s research, discovered his article on the NRA website. If you Google his name, you get “articles” from InfoWars, TruthAboutGuns, Girls Just Wanna Have Guns, Bearing Arms, and so many other right wing and gun extremist websites. This man is a hero, and for simply proposing a few common-sense ideas about gun reform, and correctly pointing out that in 1903, Congress passed the Militia Act, people threatened not only his life and safety, but that of his family.

Kudos to Chipotle for doing the right thing. The cheers for your bravery far outweigh the jeers, I promise you. And as always, a heartfelt thanks to my friend, Shannon Watts, and all the other Moms, for their own bravery. In the face of daily threats of rape, murder, violence, and outright terror, they stand tall, and fight the good fight. So many heroes, doing the best things for our country, our families, and us.

We can all be heroes.

Erin Nanasi

Erin Nanasi is the creator of The Bachmann Diaries: Satirical Excerpts from Michele Bachmann's Fictional Diary. She hates writing about herself in the third person. Erin enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family. And wombats. Come visit Erin on on Facebook. She also can be found on Twitter at @WriterENanasi.


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