Target tells gun owners to leave their man-toys at home

Oh the humanity!

In a move that at second-glance isn’t nearly as brave as it was at first, retail giant Target told gun owners that they’re no longer welcome to bring strap on a submachine gun and waltz in to their local Target.

Kind of.

In a statement posted on Target’s Web site yesterday — on a page of the site awkwardly titled “A Bullseye View” — the company “respectfully request[ed]” gun rights advocates not bring their weapons of mass destruction into their local Target.


But, the company told the Associated Press, it’s not like they’d say anything if a customer did decide to bring an Uzi while shopping for baby booties.

Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, said that Target’s move is a “request and not a prohibition.”

“We don’t have any plans for proactive communication to guests beyond what Target leadership shared today,” she added.

Target is trying to have it both ways; sucking up to Second Amendment lovers and gun control advocates at the same time.

As AP notes, a radical pro-gun group has been going into big chain stores while openly carrying loaded rifles, in order to exert their “right” to scare the hell out of moms and kids.

I gotta to tell you, the day I see someone with an AR15 in a Target, I’m getting the heck out of that store and never setting foot in another Target as long as I live.  There is no excuse for these “open carry” laws in a country where usually when you see a guy carrying a loaded rifle in a chain store, it means he’s planning on taking out his former coworkers, and your children to boot.

If gun rights advocates can’t keep their flock from mass-murdering children, then maybe it’s time they faced the consequences for how badly they’ve botched the gun safety issue in this country.

Here’s Target’s statement in full

The leadership team has been weighing a complex issue, and I want to be sure everyone understands our thoughts and ultimate decision.

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.

We’ve listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved. In return, we are asking for help in fulfilling our goal to create an atmosphere that is safe and inviting for our guests and team members.

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.

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14 Responses to “Target tells gun owners to leave their man-toys at home”

  1. michelleobetts says:

    just before I looked at the receipt ov $8130 , I
    didn’t believe that my sister woz like actualy bringing in money part-time from
    there pretty old laptop. . there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only
    about 22 months and at present repayed the mortgage on their appartment and
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  2. JayRandal says:

    I reside in state of Georgia presently. Shoot-outs could occur anywhere here now. Any location anywhere anytime. For my own safety I depart any location where I see anybody with firearms.
    Businesses that allow guns have to be boycotted till bankrupted.

  3. olgahmccoin says:

    Jacqueline implied I’m taken by surprise that a mom can earn $8130 in 1 month
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  4. GeneGrossman says:

    A store full of openly-armed customers will probably become the easiest one to rob. All a robber has to do is tell the person behind the cash register to hand over the money. No need to point a gun at the victim because it’s quite obvious that the robber is armed – he’s got a holstered handgun and an assault weapon slung around his shoulder.

    After he gets the money, all a robber has to do is take off his baseball cap and sunglasses, and meld in with the armed crowd of customers.

    When the police arrive and see a store full of armed people, what’s going to happen? Your guess is as good as mine… but we’ll probably find out soon enough when incidents like this and other situations start to occur in guns-everywhere Georgia. Stay tuned for episodes in the new OK Corral.

  5. Van Estes says:

    “Ammosexuals”… I love it. The term “Hatriots” also comes to mind.

  6. vincenzajlogsdon says:

    like Jacqueline implied I’m
    taken by surprise that a mom can earn $8130 in 1 month on the computer . see
    post F­i­s­c­a­l­p­o­s­t­.­C­O­M­

  7. berthamdonovan says:

    My Uncle
    Riley got an almost new red GMC Canyon just by some parttime working online
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  8. Outspoken1 says:

    We have ‘open-carry’ in my home town of Thornton, Colorado. I was in Sam’s Club getting my glasses when I noticed this older, anglo, jeans-plaid shirt-baseball cap, with a big ol’ .45 semi-auto on his hip. I just left. And I was angry that he scared me enough to make me leave. And that he KNEW he would scare people. And that he was just openly impolite and if anyone would have said something to him, he would have hollered “2nd Amend!!!!!” and it is stupid to argue with a man with a gun on his hip. Later, all I could think is what a chicken-sh** that he feels he has to open carry. Heck, Colorado has very liberal conceal carry. I just always assume someone is carrying. Sheesh!!!!!!

  9. putaro says:

    “Second Amendment Lovers”? Let’s call them nutcases. The Second Amendment has many good reasons to be in the Constitution but walking around with guns to annoy and intimidate your fellow citizens isn’t one of them.

  10. BeccaM says:

    …but only if it’s not too much bother and doesn’t upset the armed insurrectionists.

    Because let’s be honest here, the ammosexuals these days are not even just on the “need to defend myself” rationale. Most of them are going on about the “blood of patriots,” “government tyranny,” and their nascent desire to overthrow the federal government.

  11. BeccaM says:

    My immediate thought when I read about that Georgia case was how demonstrated with crystal clarity the problem with letting everybody go around armed: Those who want to believe they’re “the good guy with the gun” have no way of knowing if that other person who also has a gun is a good guy or a bad guy.

    And the ironic part is they wrote the Georgia law to make it illegal even for the police to determine whether yon gun-packer means harm or not.

    Mark my words: One of these ‘open-carry’ stunts will end in tragedy, and probably sooner rather than later. And very likely alcohol will be involved.

  12. bkmn says:

    Or they could go back to their old slogan, “Target the family.”

  13. Dave of the Jungle says:

    Boutique Tarjay, doing the right thing, from time to time.

  14. Naja pallida says:

    I find it hilarious. By acting like irresponsible idiots, gun nuts are accomplishing exactly what they claim they fear so much, and what no gun control advocate can seem to get done: Getting guns banned in places. I hope they keep it up. The more the public feels unsafe around these people, the more action will be taken. The sad part is, if one of these open carry stunts had ended in tragedy, it probably wouldn’t have accomplished as much as it has just having them walk around like jerks.

    Then there’s day one of Georgia’s public masturbation guns everywhere law, where there’s already been at least one armed confrontation between gun owners walking around with their dick gun out. Thankfully one of the men was smart enough to just walk away, and the other one apparently didn’t think his own incitement of the situation was enough to warrant pulling the trigger, but it’s only a matter of time before something bad does happen. American history is pretty clear, an armed society isn’t a polite society – it’s one where people can die any time, at the slightest provocation.

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