First: any of y’all who said “THAT’S A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT! YOU CAN’T DO THAT!!” needs to just leave now, and go read about basic Constitutional rights.
Second: most of y’all aren’t from here. You don’t get it.
Our governor, just gave us a wonderful new bill to specifically allowed concealed carry into bars.
Most people realize that liquor and firearms don’t mix (because it’s already pretty clear that having liquor and fists don’t mix).
And our town is a very special town. And it is clearly and whole-ly a college town.
There are a lot more things going on here than “herp a derp but freedom! guns!”
The new bill has written into it a specific exception saying that bars and restaurants that serve beer and liquor can enact their own weapons ban, as long as they post a sign.
So now Backstreets: a special place because it is one of the most “town & gown” bars, has done that. Someone who cares about his customers, the citizens of his town, and the students at our great university. Maybe he doesn’t care for them in the way that YOU would but if you are going online to give terrible service reviews and you’ve never stepped foot in our state, let alone our town - you are a terrible dick.
And here is why. Yes SCOTUS has upheld the 2nd amendment right for citzens to own certain kinds of firearms.
But also, Backstreets’ owner has a first amendment right to free speech to criticize whoever he wants.
You too have a first amendment right to free speech to criticize how he did that.
But if your complaint is that the right to bear arms is in the constitution then you may as well be whistling dixie. That ain’t no persuasive argument. And if your complaint is in the form of going online to give him bad reviews and those reviews consist of how rude his sign was - you’re also being rude as shit. Don’t say the food is bad - you’ve never been here, son. And if you think the right to free speech means the right to be free from criticism of YOUR speech.. then, ugh, get outta here.
Anyway, a lot of people around here, gun owners included, have said they understand where his frustration is coming from (ust imagine trying to run a business filled with drunk and rowdy 20-somethings). He apologized for writing it like that. And for most of us, that’s that and we are moving on. But now the rest of the country is seeing the picture, and some, surprise surprise, are having terrible responses.
Preach. I love Backstreets. And while ol’ Uncle Pete probably could have chosen a better way to articulate himself, I’m going to need all the uber conservative gun-nuts to move on. Pete’s already apologized for his choice of words and he’s back to running his business as normal. Sadly, all of the so-called ‘patriots’ still have nothing better to do than to call his phone, write completely untrue things on Yelp!, and harass their social media manager on facebook and twitter.
But you know. Patriots. True Americans. Mouth-breathers. Ridiculous. My favorites are the people who are all “You’ve lost my business, I’m never ever eating there. I’ll take my money elsewhere.” Sir. You live in Bumblefuck, Oregon with no ties to Clemson whatsoever. I don’t think Uncle Pete is losing sleep over you not buying a beer from him.
No kidding, a someone who has read *almost ALL* of the negative feedback about this sign, these people need to get over themselves.
The biggest misconception about the sign is people who think “going out” means leaving their house. No. In Clemson when you ask someone if they’re going out, drinking is implied, usually downtown. It’s like a coke thing. Would you like a coke? Yes, a Dr. Pepper. Are you going out tonight? Yeah, see you at TTTs.
The other thing that baffles me is the reaction of people who think they’re being called a loser or douchbag. Those are pretty much the mildest insults you’ll hear in Clemson, much less Backstreets, or from Pete himself. But if you are outraged and think those words are so hurtful, why are you calling Pete and Backstreets customers ‘jizzwhistling pussies’? That’s going a little overboard no? And is it really in line with the Christian beliefs in your bio?
While we’re at it, the people who are saying that Backstreets will become the next gay bar, as if that were some horrific thing…fuck off. Backstreets is one of the most laid back, diverse, and eclectic bars in Clemson. The Backstreets family, and it really is one, is composed of yankees, good ‘ol boys, hippies, veterans, pro-life, pro-choice, people of all colors, religions, and sexual orientations. And guess what, we’re all one big happy dis-functional family, just like anyone else.
The coolest thing about this controversy has been the local support. Backstreets has been the busiest bar in Clemson this week. I thought it was really cool that conservatives and liberals both came out to the bar Tuesday night to support Pete. And guess what, they all got along.
So yeah, to everyone who had never heard of Backstreets, but is pitching a hissy-fit on line: Backstreets was never going to see your money, and doesn’t need it anyway. Get over yourself.
And to anyone in Clemson that wants to talk to Pete about gun policy, remember he’s already apologized for the language in the sign, but come down and talk to him. He’s made a point to be available when the bar opens. And so far, there haven’t been any problems.