Kroger Won’t Give In To Anti-Gun Moms

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According to a new interview with Kroger CFO Michael Schlotman, the grocery store chain is not about to give in to the demands of Bloomberg-funded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group turned their attention to Kroger in August of last year, insisting that the store stop letting customers openly carry firearms on the premises. Appearing on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Schlotman said the store would continue to abide by state laws.

“If the local gun laws are to allow open carry,” Schlotman said, “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, we ask our customers to be respectful to the other people they are shopping with. And we really haven’t had any issues inside our stores as a result of that.”

While it’s gratifying to see a corporate chain stand up the pressure from the left, the fight for “gun sense” in America is far from over. Moms Demand Action, led by activist Shannon Watts, has proven to be a powerful force in the gun control debate. A former PR executive for Monsanto, Watts brought her public relations experience to the fight for gun control after the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Today, MDA boasts more than 200,000 members and – thanks to a strategic partnership with Michael Bloomberg – millions of dollars in funding. And they have used that support system to bring legal, political, and social pressure for stricter gun laws.

And it is against private businesses that Moms Demand Action has been most successful. They may not have persuaded Kroger, but they have racked up their share of victories. Starbucks, Target, Chili’s, Chipotle, and Sonic are among the chains that have banned firearms following pressure from the Moms network.

According to Seattle regional Moms leader Kelly Bernado, the argument that concealed-carry permit holders can stop a bad guy holds no water. “I find the people who carry weapons and think they can be some sort of hero in these situations absolutely ridiculous.” That might come as news to the patrons of a West Philadelphia barbershop. Last week, a legal gun permit holder shot and killed a gunman inside Falah Barbershop, Inc. Police Captain Frank Llewellyn said of the man: “He responded and I guess he saved a lot of people in there. It could have been a lot worse.”

Of course, a group like MDA gets their most powerful support from the mainstream media. An incident like the one earlier this year where a 2-year-old accidentally shot his mother in a Wal-Mart receives endless amounts of coverage. An incident like the one from Philadelphia is barely mentioned. This has a cumulative effect on the public psyche, and it makes it extraordinarily easy for Moms Demand Action to garner support for their efforts.

Two months after Starbucks announced that guns would no longer be welcome in their stores, a Little Rock franchise was robbed by a man carrying a “silver semi-auto handgun” just after 6:00 am in the morning. The man told the employees that if they didn’t hand over the money, “they would not be walking out of there today.”

I guess he didn’t know about the policy.