Since the NRA has captured a sufficient number of legislators to block any meaningful gun safety reforms, it appears we’ll have to rely on private corporations to dial back the crazy just a little. Target issued a statement today on “open carry” in its stores. An excerpt:
As you’ve likely seen in the media, there has 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 also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.[snip]
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.
This will make the retailer a “target” of ammosexuals, who aren’t content to stroke their long, hard muzzles in the privacy of their own homes but want to make sure you and your spouse, siblings, children, aunties, uncles, grannies, etc., see what an impressive prosthesis they’ve purchased. But it’s good news. Kudos to Target.
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