Target Becomes Target of Armed Robberies After Declaring Themselves Gun-Free Zones

This is hardly the first time something like this has happened.

Recently, a barbecue restaurant that was very adamant about and probably proud of their no-guns policy was robbed at gunpoint. There’s a shock.

Breitbart’s reporting now that there have already been two robberies in Target parking lots ever since Target announced a ban on their customers’ 2nd Amendment rights:

On July 2 Breitbart News reported that interim Target CEO John Mulligan “respectfully” asked law-abiding citizens not to bring their guns in Target stores.

Since then, Gainesville, Georgia, police have arrested three over a Target parking lot robbery and are looking for another man who punched a woman and stole her Mercedes at a Decatur, Georgia, Target as well.

Just days after Target’s request the Gainesville Times reported that three men were arrested for allegedly pulling a handgun to rob a man in a Target parking lot. The three – Xavier Holland, 21; Zuccari Goudelock, 20; and Kenneth Long, 17 – were arrested, and “the committal hearing is set for July 21.”

Then, just three days after Target’s request that law-abiding citizens leave guns home, a woman was beaten in a Decatur Target parking lot and her Mercedes was stolen. According to, it was around noon on July 5 when “a black male wearing a green t-shirt punched her in the head and she fell to the ground.”

Thereafter he stole her purse and her car.

Within two weeks of asking law-abiding citizens to leave their guns home, two Jack in the Box stores were robbed, and a shooting took place at a third.

Some have pointed out that this doesn’t really mean anything, because the customers probably didn’t carry concealed before Targets’ ban, and the criminals, being as young and reckless as they are, probably had no idea about Target’s gun ban anyway.

That’s entirely possible. But our argument has never been that businesses that allow guns will never experience armed robberies (or attempted armed robberies). Or even that businesses that try to ban guns from their premises will always be the target of armed criminals.

It’s that when businesses try to make themselves gun-free zones, they’re only setting themselves up as a trap. Common sense tells you that gun-free zone experiments are much more likely to be targeted by armed criminals. Think Sandy Hook and the Aurora Theater.

You’re probably not going to see any armed criminal activity taking place any time soon at a business like Shooters in Colorado, which is the exact opposite of a gun-free zone.