Bloomberg outfit pressures Ohio-based Kroger to ban guns; Company says "we trust our customers"
Billionaire mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has launched yet another campaign to try and pressure a corporation into banning guns in its retail outlets.
The astroturf group claims they are responding to "recent demonstrations by open carry activists in Kroger stores in Ohio and Texas."
While they have claimed success in cases involving Starbucks, Target, Sonic and Chipotle, the truth is that not one of these corporations have posted "no-guns" signs in response to the Bloomies' efforts. And it appears as though they won't be any more successful when it comes to Cincinnati-based Kroger.
Contacted on Friday, company spokesman Keith Dailey said the grocery chain had no plans to change existing policy, which is to abide by state and local laws.
"Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day and we don't want to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun," Dailey said. "We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores."
In its announcement about the campaign, the gun control group cited several shootings in Kroger stores. It is entirely likely that the examples cited will result in Kroger patrons gaining more of an awareness of the need to have the ability to protect themselves, just as a recent Bloomberg commercial backfired when it depicted a defenseless woman being violently attacked by her estranged husband.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.