Mid-way through his interview with Rachel Maddow last night, Rand Paul said something that Tea Partyers better pay attention to: Paul considers the rights of private business owners to control what happens on their business property to be way more important than the rights of gun owners to carry their guns with them.

Listen very carefully to Paul. He expressed unhappiness with the one portion of the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 that prohibits discrimination by race on the part of private business owners (restaurants, stores, hotels etc.). Paul went on to say, that that one provision of the Civil Rights Act treats private property as if it were public, and that if you start treating private property like it is public then you take away the rights of business owners to forbid customers to bring firearms into their business. It is very clear in this that Rand Paul is unhappy about business owners being unable to control the presence of firearms on their property.

So Tea Party members, you might want to be asking Rand Paul some very tough questions about how he really feels about open carry laws, and the freedom of gun owners to carry their guns at will any where they wish.

If you think I’m blowing smoke, go see this post by a Rand Paul defender http://disinter.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/rachel-maddow-vs-rand-paul/. Who says:

Indeed private businesses, organizations and individuals should be able to create rules for or refuse service to whomever they choose. That includes allowing or refusing service to those that are white, black, brown, gay, straight, handicapped, obese, retarded, cross dressing, transsexual or whatever type of irrelevant characteristic you can conjure up. Not only that but they should be able to allow or refuse smoking, guns, dogs, drugs or anything else on their private property. [emphasis added]

After thirty unsuccessful tries (in two different browsers) at embedding the video from MSNBC, I’m just going to give up and give you the link to it. Go view it and decide for yourself, whether or not Rand Paul thinks that the rights of private business owners are more important than the rights of gun owners.