Folks, I’ve been up front about the fact I do not intend to carry openly as a practice. That said, I support the right to do so. I don’t think it should be a crime in and of itself. So I found it refreshing to hear Trent Brooks would not just open his doors to those who exercised their right to keep and bear arms but, would encourage it by offering discounts to anyone who came to his restaurant while lawfully carrying a firearm, concealed or openly. That’s his right as a business owner. Don’t like it, don’t patronize his business. It should be that simple, especially among the more “tolerant and civilized” anti-gun crowd who think we should all be unarmed.
But, it appears that at least one member of the anti-gun movement has taken to making an open threat against Brooks and his customers on Facebook saying, “I’ll shoot up the place on Saturday. Let’s see you how your gun-toting patrons will stop me,” according to an article appearing on the Houston Chronicle’s website
This message is in direct contradiction to the stated goal/intent and supposed desires of anti-gunners. Then again, maybe it’s not. After all, pretty much the only way you’ll ever successfully ban and confiscate all guns is to take them by force, usually with a gun of your own. And yet, this person was so upset by Mr. Brooks’ support of the 2nd Amendment that they felt the desire to threat Brooks and his customers. Brooks has contacted local authorities who are apparently investigating the threat. Brooks however, does not plan to close his shop or otherwise change his policy.
He is quoted by the Chronicle saying ,”I support the Second Amendment…It creates a safer environment for someone dining here – if there was ever someone trying to rob us – or rob our patrons – they’d walk in here, see people with guns. That should be a deterrent.”
Personally, I suddenly feel the desire to venture out to 18020 FM 529 in Cypress to try Mr. Brooks’ barbecue. According to the Chronicle, it has been on Alison Cook’s Top 100 Houston Restaurants for the past three years. I suspect the entire GOTR crew may have to make an appearance at Brooks Place BBQ in the not too distant future.