Even back in the days of the “wild west” Wyatt Earp banned guns from Dodge City. Within hours of Georgia’s new carry everywhere law went into effect two guys drew their guns on each other. Some small businesses and bars in Georgia have posted no guns allowed signs, their right under the law. But this is big:
Target has finally made its decision about firearms in its stores. The retail giant is telling its customers to leave their guns at home.
“Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so,” Target interim CEO John Mulligan said in a statement published by Target’s in-house online magazine on Wednesday. “But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.”
Mulligan acknowledged what he called a “complicated issue,” but said that, ultimately, he believes that guns in the stores “creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”
With the move, Target became the latest in a recent flurry of retail chains to ban guns in its stores. Target stores, particularly in Texas, had in recent months become the focus of both guns rights and gun control activists, and both sides had used the stores and their parking lots as stages for gatherings and demonstrations. The Michael Bloomberg-backed group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense, which had been calling for Target to explicitly keep guns out of its stores, took credit for Target’s decision on Wednesday.
I think we can expect other retailers to follow. This gun fetish in the United States is dangerous and a majority oppose it. It is driven by the NRA and their masters, the gun manufacturers. If you are a responsible gun owner, and a vast majority are, I encourage you to drop your NRA membership – I did over 20 years ago.