Columbia, SC — The new law allowing guns in bars and restaurants will, without doubt, lead to tragedy. Everyone who drinks has done something stupid while drinking. Fortunately these acts most often caused only embarrassment or minor injuries. The presence of guns in places that serve alcohol, however, invites more severe injuries and even deaths.
Law enforcement officials spoke against this relaxation of gun laws to no avail. We as individual citizens still might be able to help temper the negative impact of this new law if, when making reservations at a restaurant, we ask if guns are allowed in the establishment. If the answer is “yes,” we then clearly state that we are now choosing to not make a reservation. This use of the marketplace might not solve the problem alone, but it will add ammunition to the arguments against the new law.