Rather than just run a Twitter campaign or circulate a bunch of Facebook memes Shannon Watts and her band of sycophants are actually spending money to force a corporate change with the nation’s largest grocery store chain, Kroger. Mom’s Demand are taking out ads online and in print across the country showing people doing various things that Kroger asks people not to do in their stores standing next to someone who is open carrying a long rifle and asking which of these two things is not allowed in Kroger.
Kroger, like many of Shannon’s targets before them, had a gun carry policy that followed along with state law. In response to Shannon’s demands Kroger released the following statement.
“Our long-standing policy on this issue is to follow state and local laws. … We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue, and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.”
Kroger, just as Starbucks had done (and actually still does) allowed open carry in their stores basically because they didn’t want their employees getting into a confrontation with someone openly carrying a firearm. That situation does not seem to register with Ms. Watts it seems. She would have a barista, armed only with a liberal arts degree, confront someone openly carrying an AR15 and demand they “get out of town” so to speak.
However, since Kroger is a commercial concern and not an ideological concern I would suggest that they amend the above statement with the following addition:
“….but we would certainly appreciate it if those members of the open carry movement who are carrying their long guns for a purely philosophical reason to not drag us into this fight and check your guns while shopping in our stores.
We would also request that members of Mom’s Demand stop insisting that we provoke a confrontation between an unarmed store employee and a visibly armed customer by insisting we request that they leave.”
This makes a lot of sense to me, especially since out of the 2,640 Kroger locations in the US a person open carrying a long rifle while shopping is a rare occurrence.
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