Monday, April 7, 2008

Just Say NO to Pizza Hut

In the NRA-ILA Outrage of the Week a Pizza Hut Employee has been suspended for defending himself against an armed robbery. It was the typical set-up for a pizza delivery person – call in a fake order and wait for the guy to show up and rob him. How did it turn out?

“The thug (who, not surprisingly, has a long list of prior arrests) thought he had the upper hand. Fortunately, Mr. Spiers has a valid concealed carry permit, and was carrying a pistol for personal protection at the time of the attack. He struggled with his attacker and managed to draw his own firearm. He shot the assailant, who fled the scene but was later arrested after he sought medical treatment.”

Should be end of happy story. Thug goes to jail – delivery guy gets to go on with his life. Unfortunately it was not to be. Pizza Hut suspended him – even though Mr. Spiers has a valid concealed carry permit. According to Pizza Hut vice president of human resources Vonnie Walbert:

“We have a policy against carrying weapons. We prohibit employees from carrying guns because we believe that that is the safest for everybody.”

Blatant ignorance like that just makes my blood boil. I immediately sent an email to Pizza hut:

I just read with no small amount of disgust that Pizza Hut suspended James Spiers, a holder of a valid concealed carry permit, for having the temerity to defend his own life with a firearm in a life-threatening situation. I was further disgusted by Vonnie Walbert’s arrogant disregard for employee wellbeing and the Second Amendment when he stated “We prohibit employees from carrying guns because we believe that that is the safest for everybody.” I have news for you and Mr. Walbert – you “believe” wrong. Time and again statistics have proven that concealed carry saves lives – as it did in the case of Mr. Spiers. Because of your casual disregard for the lives and Civil Rights of your employees, I will boycott your restaurant and urge others to do the same until such a time as you change your policies and issue public apologies to Mr. Spiers and the American public.

Make your voice heard as well – you can call (800) 948-8488, or by e-mail at this webpage: http://www.pizzahut.com/contactus/ContactUsForm.aspx?l1=2024.

Until next time!

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