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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