An effort is afoot to boycott the automotive parts giant for firing a heroic employee.
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McLean, who was fired just before Thanksgiving, is reportedly about to become a father for the first time. He told news outlets he was thinking of his unborn child — that he might not live to see his unborn child — when he saw the thug pull his weapon: “We’re having a little boy… I remember when the guy came in with that gun. My initial thought was, ‘I want to make it home to my family. I want to have the opportunity to meet my son and for my son to meet his dad’ … And for someone to come in and shove a gun in your face?”
McLean did what any man would do. And more than that. He not only protected himself, he took the heroic (a much over-used appellation but absolutely accurate here) decision to protect others as well. “Never leave a man behind,” he said. “I’m not going to leave my brother in a room with a guy with a gun — that’s threatening his life.”
This is the kind of man AutoZone fired.
What sort of men are we if we continue to patronize AutoZone?
Indeed, any business that has a “zero tolerance” policy of respecting its customers’ (and its employees’) rights. And there is no right more elemental — more necessary to all the others — than the right to defend one’s life against those who would deprive one of it. Or threaten to. It is not up to us to divine the motives of thugs. Maybe he is only interested in the money. How are we to know? And more, what sort of topsy-turvy moral imbecility is it that gives armed thugs who point deadly weapons at innocent people the benefit of any doubt?
Devin McLean did the right thing.
And now, so should we.
Boycott AutoZone (see here) until AutoZone publicly repudiates its “zero tolerance” policy — and does right by Devin McLean. Take your business to NAPA or O’Reilly Auto Parts. Pep Boys. Anywhere.
Except “the zone.”
Similarly, the reverse: Patronize those establishments that do respect your rights. For example, Starbucks. I like their coffee. But I really like that they “get it” when it comes to guns. That good people with guns are not the problem.
And that taking guns away from good people is.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?