|That's Brave New Books just below the "1904" sign. Note there's a bank right next door.|
It seems there is a bookstore (click on picture for larger view) in Austin, Texas, that is offering a 10% discount on purchases made by customers who are "open carrying" a gun while doing their bookish shopping. That is more amazing than you think...oh, not so much that it happened...but that it happened in Austin of all Texas cities. For those who don't know Texas very well, let's just say that when I visit Austin I sometimes wonder if San Francisco has been transported to Texas and laid atop Austin.
News come from The Guardian that Brave New Books manager John Bush says:
“We appreciate it when people take security and defence into their own hands. In a world where mass shootings are happening more and more, when seconds count, it’s up to we the people to protect our community.”While I personally don't have a huge problem with the open carrying of weapons in public places, I have to agree with the publisher representative quoted in the article as saying that the decision is less a "political statement" than it is a "marketing stunt that preaches to the converted."
The folks at my favorite Houston bookstore, Brazos Bookstore, had this to say about their Austin rival:
Jeremy Ellis from Houston bookshop Brazos Bookstore told Melville House that he had taken the decision to post signs restricting open carrying on 1 January. “I have always believed that bookstores are forums for all ideas, but I also understand that the free exchange of those ideas can be hindered (if not entirely obstructed) when one party in the conversation holds a deadly weapon,” said Ellis. “I would rather regulate the guns than the conversation, so we respectfully request that all our patrons leave their firearms at home or in their cars while shopping with us.”
You never know what's going to happen next do you? Even in bookstores.