Although anti-gun coalitions called for an outright ban of firearms in Target stores, gun control groups are nevertheless proclaiming victory following the company’s “request” that customers leave their open carry firearms at home.
The popular big-box store, whose logo is ironically a bulls-eye symbol, announced today that after “weighing a complex issue,” it would “respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.”
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.
Target’s announcement was in response to pressure from gun control activists, who managed to coerce shoppers into a state of fear by means of a devious propaganda campaign which involved exploiting months-old photos of open-carry proponents shopping at a Target, found on Open Carry Texas’ Facebook account.
The group’s psy-op tactics didn’t deceive Open Carry Texas founder Master Sergeant CJ Grisham, who last month told the Huffington Post the group’s actual goal was to demonize open carry activists. “This ‘issue’ is proof that Moms Demand Action is desperate for attention,” Grisham said.
“They are trolling into our months-old photo archives to create a controversy over a non-issue in an attempt to smear our organization,” Grisham said. “Open Carry Texas long ago ceased carrying rifles into businesses, but Moms Demand Action crave attention and thrive on controversy by engaging in bully politics against corporations to spread their gun hate.”
But the carefully worded press release also reveals Target’s stance on guns hasn’t really changed. It did not “immediately end open carry in its stores,” as anti-Second Amendment group Everytown for Gun Safety sought, nor did it implement a ban of any sort. It simply “respectfully requested” that guests not bring guns to their store.
Though Target’s policy is essentially unchanged, anti-gunners are hyperbolizing the company’s “request” of gun owners as a victory, with Moms Demand Action stating the company “Listens to Nearly 400,000 Americans Who Signed Moms Demand Action Petition,” and Huffington Post running the headline, “Target: Don’t Bring Guns Into Our Stores.”
With longer than a month to think it over, Target has attempted to delicately somewhat appease both sides of the gun debate. Any more push on either side of the issue might have resulted in a messier situation and ultimately (gasp) a loss of profit.
On a humorous note, a Moms Demand Action protest earlier this week at a Target store in San Antonio, Texas, was shut down after a manager asked them to leave the premises.