"Bad news tonight for Americans who like to hunt and kill their own burritos," Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show last night. He was referring, of course, to Chipotle's request that customers not bring firearms into their restaurants.
"Chipotle wants me to leave my gun at home? Spend 20 minutes at a casual fast food restaurant without a handgun? Why don't I just let the king of England shit in my mouth, how about that?" Stewart said. "TYRANNY!"
As The Wire's Polly Mosendz reports, Chipotle asked gun owners not bring in firearms "after some gun rights advocates made a point to bring assault rifles into one of their locations." The fast food chain responded: "The display of firearms in our restaurants has now created an environment that is potentially intimidating or uncomfortable for many of our customers."
"Did that upset some customers?" Stewart asked. "No I get that. If I was looking to fear for my life in a fast food restaurant, I'd go to Arby's."
While some might take Chipotle's new policy as an infringement on the Second Amendment, Stewart explained the issue some might have with guns in restaurants: "We all know the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, but here's the problem with open carrying of assault rifles: no one else in that Chipotle knows you're a good guy, they just know you have a gun. And here's the thing – even if you put your gun up and go 'Don't worry everybody we're good guys' ... that's the type of thing a clever bad guy might say."
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