When Veteran Texas Police Chief Philip Dupuis checked in for his appointment at the Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists in The Woodlands on the afternoon of August 8, he wasn’t expecting to have any problems before even seeing the physician. However, he was promptly kicked out after refusing the receptionist’s sick ultimatum.
Chief Dupuis had his handgun attached to his side and an identification badge hanging from a lanyard around his neck when entering the doctor’s office. Upon seeing his weapon, a receptionist told Dupuis that he would have to put the gun back in his car or leave the office without being seen. He refused, as it is legal for qualified officers to carry weapons in Texas, and according to Dupuis, he has “always” done so without any incidents of accidental discharge, according to Daily Mail.
“I carry to protect myself and I carry to protect my family and the public,” said Dupuis. “My badge is clearly displayed. I have my lanyard on with ‘police’ on my ID card hanging around my neck. I had handcuffs. The lobby was full of people, and they asked me to leave because of who I am,” he told The Courier.
The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) states that “qualified retired law enforcement officers” are permitted to carry in any jurisdiction regardless of state or local laws. However, private businesses and property owners hold the right to prohibit both open and concealed carry. “Legally, they can ask me to leave because I’m not there on official business,” Dupuis explained.
Still, it obviously wasn’t the right thing to do, and the police chief decided to share his bad experience at Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists on Facebook. His post was subsequently shared thousands of times, prompting a response from the doctor’s office.
“We regret the situation that occurred on August 8, 2017, involving Chief Dupuis and a member of our staff. We have personally apologized to Chief Dupuis for any inconvenience or embarrassment he experienced,” Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists wrote on Facebook. “Our company values law enforcement officers and first responders for their selfless service and will serve them and our communities with the utmost respect. Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists will continue to treat armed law enforcement officers who have the appropriate identification. Again, we sincerely apologize to Chief Dupuis for the situation and the embarrassment he may have felt.”
This apology didn’t cut it for one Facebook user, though, who commented, “That employee better be gone from your employment. There is no excuse for what happened and it disgust to me (sic) to no end, I hope your practice feels the pain for allowing this to happen to the Chief and that person should be ashamed of themselves.”
It does not appear that Texas Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists fired the employee in question, but the doctor’s office did say they will make efforts to ensure an incident of this kind does not happen again in the future. What those efforts will include is uncertain.
It should be unthinkable for a member of the public to ever ask a law enforcement officer to remove their weapon. After all, the safest place to be is next to a good guy with a gun. Sadly, though, the liberal mindset has taken hold of many citizens and greatly affected their ability to think logically and rationally. Perhaps someone so glib should not be working in a doctor’s office.