What Being a Douchebag Gets You

There is a sizable population of people who don’t like those of us who carry firearms. When one of those individuals is a business owner they often post a sign informing would-be patrons that firearms are banned on the premises. I don’t have a problem with such signs. If you don’t like me then I’m more than happy to take my business elsewhere. But one business owner in South Carolina decided to go the extra mile and insult carry permit holders:

A firestorm of backlash has been mounting against a South Carolina pub that put a derogatory sign in its store window telling gun owners to keep out.


The story first gained traction when Twitchy posted several photos of the sign from Twitter.

“NO CONCEALED WEAPONS ALLOWED,” the sign warns. “If you are such a loser that you feel a need to carry a gun with you when you go out, I do not want your business. Douchebag.”

As you can imagine this cunning plan didn’t turn out as the business owner likely expected:

Backstreets Pub Deli in Clemson has a one-star rating out of five on Yelp, with pages upon pages of negative comments and reviews by Second Amendment supporters.

Personally I’m not a fan of such antics but this type of backlash is inevitable when you throw stones. Had the owner of Backstreets Pub simply posted a sign that said the carrying of firearms was prohibited on the premises that would have likely been the end of things. People who carry firearms would eat elsewhere and nothing more would be heard about the incident. But the owner decided to stoop to childish insults, which resulted in the insults being returned.

Just because you disagree with what a person does doesn’t mean you can’t be civil. Agree to disagree, avoid each other, and leave it at that. As soon as you begin issuing insults you should expect to be insulted as well.