Following a string of food establishments’ “respectfully” asking their customers to relinquish their 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms when on their premises, Target thought they might join the fold as well. Target’s interim CEO John Mulligan released this statement on the business’s website:
“As you’ve likely seen in the media, there’s been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit ‘open-carry’ should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so. But starting today we will respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target–even in communities where it is permitted by law.
We’ve listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved. In return, we are asking for help in fulfilling our goal to create an atmosphere that is safe and inviting for our guests and team members.
This is a complicated issue, but it boils down to a simple belief: Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”
And I’m sure criminals would understand as well.
Target must have some sort of death wish. What kind of idiot do you have to be to publicly announce to the world that you won’t allow any gun-owners to frequent your business, knowing that armed criminals target gun-free zones because of the plethora of defenseless and helpless people?
A businessman who has a vested interest in making sure his company locations are safe from armed robberies and shootings should have enough common sense to know that you don’t announce something like that or put stupid “gun-free zone” signs up at the entrances. All you’re doing is asking for trouble.
These same business people wouldn’t dare put anything like that at their own house, would they? Of course not, because they don’t want to invite armed break-ins. They wouldn’t want to advertise that they have no way to defend themselves. That would be really foolish. But for some reason, they’d make such policies for their business.