Moms Demand Action is that gun control group that got a few restaurants to bar their customer from exercising their 2nd Amendment rights. That’s what this group does. They go around from business to business and bully them into discriminating against gun-carriers.
But, thankfully, not every business feels compelled to obey Moms Demand Action. Kroger is one that’s told the group to get lost. Breitbart reported:
During a March 25 appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Kroger CFO Michael Schlotman said the retail food chain will not comply with the demands of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, especially as those demands touch on changing store policy to disarm open-carry customers in states where openly carrying a gun in Kroger is legal.
Schlotman made these comments after Squawk Box host Andrew Ross Sorkin said, “In the fall there [were] these liberal groups who had organized to suggest that Kroger was allowing people to ‘open carry’ firearms in their supermarkets. What was that about and where do you guys stand on that?”
Here was Schlotman’s response:
“That was a group called Moms Demand Action. They were opposed to the fact that our policy is to adhere to the local gun laws. If the local gun laws are to allow open carry, we’ll certainly allow customers to do that based on what the local laws are. We don’t believe it’s up to us to legislate what the local gun control laws should be. It’s up to the local legislators to decide to do that.
So we follow local laws [and] we ask our customers to be respectful to the other people they are shopping with. And we really haven’t had any issues inside of our stores as a result of that.”
Like he said, they haven’t had any issues with customers carrying open in their stores. I’m sure it’s happened, but there weren’t any issues. In other words, no one caused a scene because of it.
Moms Demand Action would like everyone to believe that open gun carriers are terrorists whose only motivation is to intimidate people and make them feel unsafe. You can say whatever you want about open carriers, about their true motives. Whatever the case, open carrying is “bearing arms,” a right that is acknowledged in the 2nd Amendment, and which “shall not be infringed.”
Kroger is right to appeal to the laws of the states where their stores are located. The laws may or may not be gun-friendly, but whatever the case, it’s not Kroger’s fault. If people don’t like that open carry is allowed, they should take it up with their legislator to make a law that infringes on the people’s right to bear arms.