An effort is afoot to boycott the automotive parts giant for firing a heroic employee.
By Eric Peters
For The Spectator
If they won’t respect our rights, maybe they’ll pay more attention to our dollars. Or rather, the lack thereof — when we cease doing business with companies that don’t respect our rights.
For instance, the auto parts retail giant AutoZone. The company recently fired one of its employees — a fellow named Devin McLean who worked at an AutoZone in York County, Virginia — for using his lawfully possessed handgun to thwart a robbery (and very possibly, thwart the murder of himself and his manager).
According to McLean, a thug burst into the store and “pulled a gun from his waistband and demanded me and my manager go back into the office.” While the gunman was distracted, McLean managed to slip out to the parking lot, where he retrieved his Glock 40 handgun from his truck. The 23-year-old Air Force veteran ran back into the store and confronted the armed thug, ordering him to freeze and drop his weapon. The gunman took off instead - without either money or lives lost.
But McLean has lost his job.
Apparently, AutoZone has a “zero tolerance” policy for employees having weapons inside the store. McLean was fired because he violated this policy — even though he may have saved his life and the life of his manager. (York County police say the thug McLean chased off is suspected in at least 30 robberies. ) Instead, McLean should have been a good Clover — and done as told by an armed thug, supinely submitting and trusting to the thug’s humanity that he wouldn’t “pop a cap in his ass” to avoid any hassles with witnesses.
Or just for the sheer sick hell of it.
AutoZone — like Virginia Tech and other bastions of Cloverdom — has decreed that guns are bad and so has denied good people the right to possess them. The problem is bad people still have guns. Only now the good people are at the mercy of the bad ones.
AutoZone requires that its employees — and its customers — prostrate themselves before armed thugs. By having such a policy, AutoZone has done the equivalent of ringing the dinner bell for violent criminals. Come on down! You’re assured of defenseless victims at our place.
York County Sheriff JD Diggs agrees, stating: “The company has now sent a message to every would-be robber out there — ‘Hey we’re open for business and unarmed. Come on in and take our money.” And, quite possibly — the lives of innocent people rendered helpless by AutoZone.
Because when seconds count, the cops are only minutes away.
Of course, AutoZone has every right to set its terms and conditions. But customers have every right to set theirs, too. If AutoZone puts out the welcome mat for armed criminals, then potential victims ought to take their business elsewhere.
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