Philip Dupuis is the police chief in Conroe, Texas and he recently experienced something that hasn’t ever happened before in his 35-years of service.
He showed up at his local ear, nose, and throat specialist for a scheduled visit but was turned away when the office staff noticed his gun. The Police Chief tried to reason with the office personnel but gave up when he realized it was a losing battle, he later took to Facebook where he was surprised at the outflow of support he received.
I will be looking for a new ENT, just asked to leave Dr Burkes office because I am wearing my gun, badge, and ID. I have never been so embarrassed (pissed) in my 35 years of law enforcement. Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists
The unexpected overflow of support I have received over the last few days after the incident at Texas Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists has been overwhelming. While what happened was unfortunate, your words of encouragement and support for law enforcement confirms my belief that Conroe and Montgomery County continue to be communities that support and love their first responders.
Many of you have asked for updates, so let me clarify what has happened since my original post. After I was asked to leave, I did speak to a person who identified themselves as an office manager after requesting to speak to the managing doctor. Unsatisfied with their response, I went to the Conroe location to speak with my actual doctor (I was scheduled to see the PA at the location where the incident occurred.) My doctor was unavailable, but I expressed my concerns to an individual who identified herself as an office supervisor. Again, the response was not positive.
The practice’s business manager called me after being informed of my post on Facebook. He had not been contacted by his employees. He did state on the phone call that it was a mistake that they had asked me to leave. Since that initial conversation, I have not spoken with anyone from the practice, nor has my former doctor had the courtesy to call me.
While the office has made general statements on Facebook that the actions of their employee(s) were out of line and improper, I ask them to affirmatively state that on duty or uniformed police officers that are displaying the proper credentials will not be treated this way in the future. Officers should not be required to disarm or change out of their uniform while seeing their doctors or other professionals. Of course it is the right of every private business to serve who they wish, just as it is my right to not patronize any business that has such a policy or treats first responders this way.
Based on your loud and clear support of local police and repudiation of this type of political correctness run amok, I think Texas, Ear Nose and Throat Specialists has heard the passionate voice of Montgomery County. I hope they respond appropriately and make a very public and clear statement that officers will not be treated this way in the future.
The Police Chief’s Facebook post has now gone viral and i’d be willing to bet that the Conroe, Texas Doctor’s office is pretty upset with how this scenario is playing out. Here’s the thing – there is simply NO REASON for local businesses to “ban guns” from their premises. The only time you have to worry about a gun in your business is when a criminal brings one in to do harm – and a gun ban isn’t going to stop them from doing that. Banning guns from your business only serves to tell a healthy portion of the population that you don’t want your business. And you know what – we’re listening. If you don’t want our money, we’ll go elsewhere.