It is possible that Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who once recommended changing the name of the Defense Department to the Peace Department, believes that no one should bear arms, including members of law enforcement. Others who share that view are few and far between. Yet, they exist, judging from a report out of St. Louis.
According to CBS affiliate KMOX, members of the Belleville, Ill., Police Department were given the ultimatum by the manager of a Denny’s restaurant on New Year’s Day to leave their guns in their squad car or eat elsewhere:
The department says the detectives were out of uniform but wearing their badges, when manager David Rice … told the detectives that one of their weapons, specifically a female detective’s gun, was making another diner feel uncomfortable.
As the officers were leaving, without their food, General Manager Michael Van walked up and corrected the manager and said it was fine for them to stay, but the officers said it would be too awkward and they left.
CBS notes that Denny’s corporate office has released an apology that also articulates Denny’s official position, which is to permit “law enforcement officials to carry their firearms in the restaurant.”
Events like the massacre in Newtown, Conn., give many people food for thought. This incident demonstrates that they also put some people’s minds on a starvation diet.
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