When Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York, he made it his personal mission to put tight reigns on the daily lives of his citizens. His nanny-state rules included passing out Plan B emergency contraception to teenagers without notifying parents and cracking down on circumcision practices among orthodox Jews. Next, he waged a war on soda and worked to ban all sugary drinks that were larger than 16 ounces. As if these tactics were not frustrating enough, he also took an aggressive approach to gun control. Now that his time as mayor is over, Bloomberg is free to focus his time on the multiple gun control groups that he started, including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. His current mission seems to be eliminating the danger of guns at the supermarket.
It might sound ludicrous, but it’s actually a real campaign. One of Bloomberg’s groups is trying to convince Kroger to prohibit guns in supermarkets around the country. In the past, Bloomberg’s gun control cronies have won over Target and Starbucks. Both stores now ask that customers do not bring any firearms into their stores. So why should guns be banned in supermarkets? It’s a matter of principle if you ask Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “When a company like Kroger doesn’t have a policy around guns, it seems to send a signal to gun extremists that they tacitly support or even endorse things like open carry,” she said.
So far, Kroger isn’t taking the bait. Spokesman Keith Daily said that corporate policy required each store to abide by state and local laws and that was sufficient to keep customers well protected. “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,” he said. “We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.”
Moms Demand Action isn’t giving up quite yet. Their typical pattern to pressure corporations starts on social media. They will probably bombard Facebook and Twitter with constant pleas for Kroger to protect the poor children in the supermarket from ongoing gun violence. Next, they will send a barrage of photos of people carrying guns around the supermarket, although in Kroger’s case most of the altercations they will present probably took place in parking lots or areas near the stores.
While the gun control groupies wage their war, retail consultant Jim Hertel said Kroger probably won’t make any changes. After all, the nationwide chain sells food to many people that are passionate about the right to carry. Prohibiting these people from bringing their guns to the grocery store would alienate a lot of their customer base. “I suspect that they probably are looking at this and going, ‘What did we do to deserve this?’… They’re thinking to themselves, ‘We’re just trying to sell food.’ “
How will you respond if these gun control groups start protesting at your local Kroger?