Marriott Hotels guns for the NRA
The Marriott hotel chain has decided to forget that it is in the service industry and attack the National Rifle Association.
For those wondering what these two completely different industries have to do with each other, the answer was sadly found when the NRA recently held its annual convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The right to own a gun is different from state to state. Liberal states favor more gun control restrictions, while conservative states favor the rights of individuals to own guns. The standard Second Amendment debates have been offered ad nauseum, ad until the Supreme Court settles the issue, further rehashing is not necessary.
(I favor individual gun rights, and support the NRA position on the Second Amendment.)
The NRA held their convention in North Carolina, which makes sense. It is a fairly conservative state, especially on gun issues.
The law in North Carolina gives people the right to carry concealed weapons on their person. However, individual businesses can put up signs that say “no guns allowed.” Those signs overrule the right to conceal and carry.
NRA members booked reservations at the Marriott closest to the convention. It is perfectly reasonable to assume that they would pick a hotel that allowed guns.
A manager at the hotel decided in the middle of the convention…let me say this again, in the middle of the convention…to put up the signs banning guns from the premises.
All of a sudden, law abiding citizens were turned into criminals.
What the heck were these people supposed to do, find a new hotel in the middle of the convention?
Stunts like this are exactly why gun rights supporters don’t trust liberals. They truly believe, not unreasonably, that the goal of the left is to ban all guns.
Calls to the corporate headquarters resulted in a ridiculous response. Marriott claimed that they always had a policy banning guns at their hotels, but that when this particular hotel was being repainted, the signs were taken down. Not putting them back up was the mistake.
The convention attendees acted in good faith. They relied on an implied promise. Had police officers walked in to that hotel, the attendees carrying guns could have been arrested once the signs were up.
Apparently the Marriott company was flooded with about 10,000 calls and emails. One attendee called up the rival Hilton chain and asked if Marriott points could be converted to Hilton points in exchange for becoming a Hilton customer. Hilton quickly said yes.
I would not be surprised if Marriott begins to “reevaluate” their policy.
Some will say that since economic pressure was applied and Hilton stepped up, that this is no big deal.
It is a very big deal.
Either the people running Marriott are malevolent or stupid. How could somebody running that hotel branch in Charlotte not expect that guns would be brought into a hotel from people attending…what a shock…a gun convention!
Did none of these people know the policy?
I have no problem with Marriott deciding not to have guns in their hotels. Just don’t decide this in the middle of the d@mn NRA convention!
At some point…some way, somehow…intelligence has to rear its head.
Customer service has to matter.
The 2 to 4 million NRA members will most likely not do business with Marriott in the future if they can help it. If anybody was harassed, they should sue the hotel. Liberals have been filing lawsuits for decades. Conservatives need to fight back using the same tactics.
(Provided that individuals had their weapons confiscated or were harassed.)
Nice job Marriott. Supporting the Constitution can be good business sense, and you did neither.