A Bloomberg-backed group is pressuring grocery store giant Kroger toward a gun ban, but not without resistance.
The Michael Bloomberg-funded group, Moms Demand Action (MDA) for Gun Sense in America, is at it again.
This time they have decided to pressure the Kroger Company to ban guns across their chain of stores. Not one to sit back and bask in the laurels of success from getting guns banned in both Target and Staples stores, the MDA feels a Kroger gun ban should be the next logical step.
Let me paint a scenario for you:
You've just finished shopping for your groceries for the week. With your kids sitting in the back seat of the car, waiting for you to load all the goodies, a man you don't know approaches and demands money and your cell phone.
Glancing at your kids, you wonder, What should I do?
Most dedicated gun carriers would go for their gun instead of their wallet, right? But what if the store where you are shopping bans guns? Now what are you going to do?
If MDA and its leader Shannon Watts have their way, this scenario could become all too likely. You would be forcibly disarmed, because the store did not trust you to act in a responsible manner in regards to guns.
Thankfully, Kroger isn't going down without a fight.
Watts and MDA tried to present Kroger with a signed petition, asking them to ban guns in all stores. This is primarily due to a few recent open carry demonstrations at some of the Kroger stores, driving Shannon Watts to feel such demonstrations were unsafe and leading patrons to uncomfortable feelings.
Yet, there have been a rash of shootings and robberies which have taken place at some Kroger stores around the country. Given this, it doesn't add up. Kroger's patrons should be allowed to protect themselves if they so choose.
Kroger believes the same.
When contacted on August 22, Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey told Huffington Post:
"Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day and we don't want to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun. We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores."
Dailey said that Kroger-owned stores will follow local and state laws in regards to allowing people to carry in their stores. Kroger operates stores in both open carry and concealed carry states across the country.
So there you have it. Kroger thinks you have the right to defend yourself and bear arms in their stores. Target and Staples are sympathetic, if not in total agreement.
Target politely asked people leave their guns at home, but did not impose an outright ban on guns in their stores. Staples actually threw MDA off their property back in March, telling them that Staples will follow all local and state laws.
Hopefully there is a Kroger store near you. Wouldn't it be great to show them the support and respect they have shown for the shooting community by shopping at one of their stores in the near future? If you don't already shop there, why not?
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