The NRA lobbyists are truly amazing. Every year, this small group of gun owners dictates gun policy for a nation of over 400 million. And while we point fingers at the federal government for the proliferation of guns and open carry legislation, it’s not entirely their fault. Big business should take some of the blame.
This week, Target Stores was poised to take a stand against the open carry nut jobs. Target Stores CEO John Mulligan issued the following statement:
“Starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target; even in communities where it is permitted by law. Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”
The same day, he caved to the gun whackos by “clarifying” his statement:
“The company is only asking customers not to bring guns into its stores. If guns are brought into its stores, the company said its employees would not ask the gun owner to leave or take any other action.”
Gutless. Plain and simple.
But at least the stockholders are happy.
The Target Stores backpedal is pretty much the same scenario that played out last year when Starbucks issued the same basic statement. In fact, the Target Stores statement released this week was based on the Starbucks statement from last year.
Starbucks respectfully requested “that guns not be brought into stores, even in states where open carry is legal.”
Respectfully? Are you kidding me?
And again, the next day, the statement was clarified by Starbuck’s CEO Howard Schultz:
“This is a request and not an outright ban. Enforcing a ban would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers, and that is not a role I am comfortable asking Starbucks partners to take on.”
Even Chili’s made a similar request in May of this year:
“We recognize that the open carry of firearms creates an uncomfortable atmosphere and is not permitted under many local liquor laws. We kindly ask that guests refrain from openly carrying firearms into our restaurants and we will continue to follow state and local laws on this issue.”
Three chains that ALL backed down from the gun lobby.
Even the NRA was astonished by the actions of the assclowns who were carrying assault rifles into family restaurants. They issued this statement:
“As a result of these hijinx, two popular fast food outlets have recently requested patrons to keep guns off the premises. In other words, the freedom and goodwill these businesses had previously extended to gun owners has been curtailed because of the actions of an attention-hungry few who thought only of themselves and not of those who might be affected by their behavior. To state the obvious, that’s counterproductive for the gun owning community.”
And what did the open carry people think about the NRA statement?
Well, the Open Carry Texas group’s response pretty much sums it up:
“The NRA has lost its relevance and sided with #guncontrolextremists and their lapdog media.”
Let’s face it, individuals don’t have the power to rein in the gun nuts, but the big corporations do. If Chili’s, Starbucks, and Target Stores really stood by their guns (see what I did there?) and told the various state governments that things need to change – or we’re leaving your state, gun laws would change almost immediately.
“Job loss” trumps “guns”.
These big corporations have the power and the numbers to effect change, but we’ll never see it. Doing what’s right would entail taking a huge hit on profits for months or even years, and that’s not why they’re in business. Their allegiance is to the stockholders.
So the NRA will continue to hold Americans hostage.