Target Stores Finds itself in the “Momcott” Crosshairs


June 5, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013

Target stores finds itself in the crosshairs of concerned Moms who disagree with the corporate giant’s policy on open-carry gun laws. Target corporate spokesperson Molly Snider says that Target stores is simply abiding by all federal and state laws where it does business in allowing “shoppers” to be armed with rifles. Even while they check out the discounts on say, back to school supplies.

Target and guy gun

Silver Bullets, Silver Bullets, are they out of those again?

But Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America (a non-profit advocacy group funded in part by former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg) say Target only has itself to blame for having a bulls-eyes on it corporate back from gun-control advocates. The Moms assert that Target is not just allowing but encouraging gun enthusiasts to shop armed with rifles as a means of intimidating those who don’t um, see the need for toting a rifle as you stroll the home furnishing aisles of “Le Target.”

Target 1

Gee, I feel like Kanye or Kimye, a real RIP, I mean, VIP.

This latest “rifle-kerfluffle” comes in the wake of very recent open-carry rallies in a number of cities where gun enthusiasts openly carried their arms to demonstrate their support for more not less open-carry laws and less not more gun control regulations. Such rallies like those in Texas prompted the National Rifle Association (NRA) to disavow such rallies as “excessive” and that they “defy common sense.” This signals a back-pedaling from an earlier, more immediate response to such rallies as downright “stupid.”

Bundy tv show

My signal for an open-carry rally and stupid.

Now, make no mistake, the NRA is not against open-carry laws it just thinks that some enthusiasts are unnecessarily drawing attention to themselves and stirring up opposition by such rallies. Enthusiasts attending the rallies disagree. “We are under attack,” said one rally member, and “every time some nut who does not respect firearms safety does something wrong we stand the chance of getting penalized.”

chihuahua w big eyes

You don’t know what being “under attack” is amigo!

Moms couldn’t disagree more. They vow to “Momcott” stores like Target who, Moms say, are endangering all other shoppers and even their teen sons and daughters who work there by their “overly-friendly” policy to open-carry gun owners. Moms have persuaded such stores as Chipotle, Starbucks, Jack in the Box, Sonic and Chilis to ask shoppers and noshers to not, you know, bring their rifles and guns with them as they wolf down an enchilada or a burger-bite. That way, maybe Jack doesn’t get wounded in his box from any cross-fire. But I digress.

jack in the box

You want fries with that friendly gunfire?

This is not the first time retail giant Target has been the target of demonstrations and “boy” or “mom-cotts.” Last year, its funding of non-profit advocacy groups against same-sex marriage and employee policy (so say opponents) toward homosexuals made for a dramatic and protest-filled shareholders meeting at its Minneapolis, MN corporate headquarters.

Which brings up the larger issue of corporate politics and money. One of the perhaps, unintended consequences of the US Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v FEC where it equated free speech with money and political contributions, has been an even more animated and politically active corporate sector. Wal-Mart, Target, Costco, Sam’s Club, McDonalds, KFC, Chik-Filet and others are spending more in the political and policy arena and making their corporate preferences known now more than ever.


Bring it on, I am a colonel after all!

So, today, with just a little bit of research and awareness we can see whether Wal-Mart is for or against open-carry laws, same-sex marriage, teen vaping even before we decide to stock up on peanut-butter, toilet-paper or rifles and ammunition.

But is that a good thing?

Well, history does tell us that with very few exceptions, boycotts or “Momcotts” fail. For many reasons. Chief among them is that slashing prices and discounted items, especially in today’s economy trumps politics. At least that’s what past attempts at influencing corporate conglomerate policies tells us. But, perhaps Moms will be an exception. As we all know, ignore Mom at your own peril.

As for American lifestyle, aka, Guns-R-Us, I  happened to stumble upon an old western movie the other night starring Richard Widmark. A dude goes into a general store and throws a bag of flour on the counter. The old man behind the counter tells him how much the bag is and well, the dude thought the price too high. He shoots the guy. Hee-haw goes his buddy. Then they turn to Widmark who whips out his six-shooter and blows them away. He then puts money on the counter and takes the bag of flour.

western movie

Did I bring the shopping list or did you?

Like our Second Amendment there may be tales of caution and support for advocates and opponents in that scene. I may be getting too fatigued from the same old policy arguments from both sides of this gun-battle to be fully sure.

I am sure of one thing though, I plan on doing even more of my shopping on-line. It’s cheaper and way, way safer. I also can’t wait for that unmanned air-drone from Amazon to deliver my package. But then if you’ve read my Drone blog you know my feelings on that one.





44 thoughts on “Target Stores Finds itself in the “Momcott” Crosshairs

  1. Rebecca L says:

    Please forgive me…I’m going to “go there.” I live in central Georgia. In our small town, we have had 4 young men murdered just this week. The oldest victim was 32, the youngest still in high school. Our town is reeling, and we no longer seek justice but deliverance for our young men. The pictures in this blog posting show what is probably the typical knucklehead demographic that is participating in these “demonstrations:” young white males who are flaunting their good ole boy rights to bear arms. I suggest that if these “law abiding citizens” were black males, then Target would change its policy. Somehow we can tolerate “country boys” toting their guns in public, but put an urban male in there with guns strapped to his back and this would be a completely different story. The double standard should not be tolerated. Guns in this situation are wrong no matter who is carrying them.

    • Rebecca L says:

      Correction: make that 5 young men. Another murder by bullet last night.

    • Jacki G says:

      I never thought of it this way. I don’t agree with people openly toting firearms in public in the first place but you are very correct. If these were black males loaded down with rifles this would be a different story. It would be interesting to do a study where the reactions of store employees and store shoppers is compared to a group of 5 black males walked into the store loaded down with firearms compared to 5 white males walking into the store with the exact same firearms but perhaps different attire. Talk about double standard.

    • Nicole says:

      Maybe its less of a double standard and more about statistics; statistically, black males are involved more often in gun-violent crimes, just saying.

  2. Erica Teague-Friend says:

    Fortunate for Target this “Momcott” won’t last long….when the American public does not agree with some action or statement made by a store, restaurant, owner, etc then they organize a boycott to try and make the store suffer financially to change their way of thinking. After a few weeks or months even, consumers are on to the next issue and boycott and forget all about the injustice or sensitive comment that was just made. Don’t get me wrong, I by no means do not agree with Target and allowing its patrons to walk in the stores with rifles but you can’t fault Target for instituting a law set by its lawmakers. Really what kind of person needs to brandish a weapon while shopping in Target and think about the families and kids that are having to witness this. I think this foolishness will in turn lead to a spike in online shopping and pretty soon there will be online grocery shopping as people become too scared to come out in public establishments.

  3. Xenia J says:

    Wow Rebecca, you did go there and you are absolutely correct! I am not sure how effective the “momcotts” will be, but I applaud the movement. The college and university systems here in Georgia waited with baited breathe for the legislature to decide whether to make changes to gun laws on campuses. Even staunch gun law advocates and card toting NRA members within the system realize that guns on college campuses are a bad idea. The debate continues and I pray that in the end sensibility will prevail.

  4. Sandra K says:

    Rebecca, you are right on, pardon the expression, target! Dr. R you brought this topic to us all in a funny and interesting way, but still the whole thing makes me sick. I am a mom and really, I don’t want to be scared to go into target or anywhere and have to deal with gun-toting “patriots” like that moron Bundy. And other than to shoot up the joint, why again do they need to do this??

  5. Brandon H says:

    I feel like if the law say I can then I will bring my gun everywhere. why not? That way no nut job whose overdosed on goth books will be able to massacre everybody. I’ll be ready, yes, even in target stores.

  6. Tiffany L says:

    Sandra, I’m with you and Dr. R, I won’t shop in target and I’ll buy my stuff online, if only to avoid both the nutjobs and sorry, Brandon, the armed Brandons on the world-

    • Nicole says:

      I think that the bigger point of this article is lost in the “social” noise of the latest media frenzy that is a “momcott”- a “momcott,” seriously?

      The average gun owner does not tote a rifle around when shopping for diapers. This was clearly a part of some protest, and not an everyday event. Target is abiding my the laws of the land, period. If someone does not like this they should either shop somewhere else, or contact their state representatives.

      That being said, to become a recluse because various citizen choose to exercise their right to carry a firearm in my opinion is a little dramatic. Should we not also drive on the roads past 10pm when it is dark, and more likely to be shared with intoxicated citizens? And that behavior, mind you- IS illegal. Of course not, people should most certainly continue to go about their business and on with their lives. Just plain silly- no one is going to shoot you while your buying tampons- fear not.

      Truthfully, the on-going concern for what others do is wearing on me and feeding my defiant side. It is our constitutional right to conceal or openly carry guns. On a positive note, if this “momcott” takes place at least my wait in line will be shorter.

      A gun owners idea of safety is vastly different than a participant in the Target “momcott.” It is arrogant and irritating that the “momcott-type” assumes their perspective is more valuable or justifiable than that of the gun advocates’; side note– the Constitution is in standing in my corner. However, if you are terribly concerned I’m sure there is a Wal-Mart in your town; shop there, but first, pay no attention to the hunting section. Spoiler alert- they sell knives there and interestingly enough those also kill people.

      • Bethany M says:

        Nicole, the US Constitution is not “standing in your corner”…remember 2 parts, sing it with me now, shall not be abridged and well regulated. There is a reason why the NRA (your pals I guess) don’t support such flaunting of rifles in a family retail store like Target and it should be obvious along with LEOs who also think this is reckless and unnecessary and dangerous. I am a Mom and think your attitude is flat out wrong and dangerous.

  7. Xavier B says:

    When I see pics of guys with semi-automatic rifles shopping in stores like Target it makes me think of third world nations where there is no civil police force or order. I am not from the US and it’s hard to comprehend why Americans need to be so armed just to buy items in a store. Sorry, but lots of the world sees USA as gun crazy and super-violent.

  8. Belinda S says:

    Xavier, don’t be sorry…that’s cuz we are!

  9. Jacki G says:

    I am not going to go into detail about the laws regarding firearms. To be honest, I still am struggling to have a firm opinion because I understand both sides of the firearm argument. I realize that technically citizens have the right to carry firearms if they wish, however, I have to agree with the Target moms on the following: “The Moms assert that Target is not just allowing but encouraging gun enthusiasts to shop armed with rifles as a means of intimidating those who don’t um, see the need for toting a rifle as you stroll the home furnishing aisles of “Le Target.””

    Ok fine it is legal. But there is a difference between allowing and encouraging. I also feel like there is a difference between carrying a small concealed weapon versus arrogantly toting around a huge rifle. It just seems like the motives behind the two scenarios are different.

    I am also proud of the NRA for not condoning this type of behavior. I have heard speeches and watched interviews of NRA spokesman and have thought them to be enthusiasts at times. However, I am glad that they are not encouraging this type of behavior.

  10. Jill V says:

    I know this article is related to guns and gun laws that are now being challenged in our world today, but really it should make us think about life in general. I think it’s incredibly sad that our world has come to the way it currently is. I mean come on…do we really need to carry guns in a Target store to feel fully protected from the guy/girl beside us who might become enraged that their shirt is only on sale for $12.99 and not $9.00. I feel like it’s a joke, but really it is much worse…this has become our reality.

    As a woman who has a carry license, I am a gun advocate for protection. However, I feel like today the dos and don’ts have gone way way too far. We have got to make changes though people. If it’s not for harsh persecutions of the individuals who do disobey the law and/or make others feel threatened…then some (like me) feel having added protection is nowadays a necessity wherever they are. I also agree though too, as many of you might be familiar with the phrase, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.”

    Final Thought: Even though I have a weapon, I still choose (like many of you) to stay home and shop online. No thank you to feeling like a have to strap a rifle on my back to pick up my milk and eggs : /.

  11. Marquis S says:

    Is this I Am Legend, the Will Smith movie in which everyone turns into zombies and to remain alive as a human being you have to fight for your very life every time you go outdoors? Unless our world has suddenly turned into I Am Legend, why is there even a need to walk into Target with a firearm? When someone contemplates bringing their firearm with them into a store, what grave danger are they anticipating arising between the beverage and frozen food aisles? The use of guns has become completely excessive in our nation and I do not agree with it. To me, people are more likely to use a gun when experiencing conflict when they have a gun on them. Not having a gun forces us to use the lost art of conflict resolution. We’ve just become too comfortable with carrying guns in our nation and we are going in the wrong direction.

  12. Lisa S says:

    As a parent, the idea of someone walking around the store with a rifle is extremely alarming. Of course as a parent, my mind thinks in terms of “Final Destination” scenarios, there are so many things that could go wrong with firearms being carried around a store. Personally, I guess I don’t see the purpose. Even if someone was on a hunting trip and decided to go into a Target store, what purpose does the gun serve in the store? I am certain no one drives their car with the rifle on their back, so to get out of the car and carry the rifle like a purse just seems senseless. In regards to the “Momcott”, we are moving away from the age of traditional boycott the way we have seen them in years past. We now live in the age of social media, and that is where consumers are seeking and pushing for change with corporation. I just visited Target’s Facebook page, the very first post on their Facebook wall says, “You guys have to stop open carrying your rifles in places of business.” The post is available for all 22M Target Facebook fans. Therefore, we may see a shift in the mobility of boycotts in coming years with the use of social media. On the other hand, we as a society are no longer a connected community. Therefore, “moms” that may feel like this could be an issue in their community may rally around this agenda, but those that feel this would not be an issue in their location, may turn a blind eye to the reality of the situation until it presents a threat to them personally. It may take a spiritual awakening for our nation to rally around the same cause and demand change.

    NP MGT

  13. Karen P W says:

    I still do not understand why exercising your right gives you the privilege to potentially violate my right to life. I am supposed to trust that you have taken all of your meds? That you won’t see using the weapon as the first recourse before trying to settle a conflict with YOUR WORDS? I am supposed to trust that you have properly cleaned your weapon? That you maintain it? That there are no unknown defects in its production? That my child may not accidentally bump into you and the weapon discharge? Say what you want about the quality of the firearm and the safety features. But there is a reason you are encouraged to keep it in a lockbox in your own home AWAY from children. The simple fact that you are engaging minors in your activities – as the man who attended a youth ballgame did when he walked around the field shouting I have a gun and you cannot stop me – should make it illegal.

    Check the history books! We are working backwards! There is a reason towns/cities made ordinances against just carrying fire arms everywhere and anywhere. Really, if an individual with a weapon opens fire in Target, who determines who will be the hero to take her or him down? Will it be an organized effort to protect everyone in the building or just your own hide? Will I have to fear the blazing bullets coming from every direction?

    Maybe those who want to exercise this right should be trained and hired to actually be security for these establishments instead of just wandering around the isles freaking people out and daring the bad guys to “Go Ahead. Make [Their] Day!” (Yes,I went there!)

    BTW – The Constitution was written in its context for the people who believed as they did. And they did get it wrong on many of occasions! We have to stop acting like everything in it translates to a progressing/innovative nation without the need for adjustments or downright removal – i.e. the Constitutional right to own slaves.

    • Karen-well put-selective reverence is what I call it when only the parts you like are untouchable in the Constitution and must be held sacred for eternity and other parts well, that’s why the founders in their genius provided for an amendment process…a bit hypocritical to take this selective reverence approach, No?

  14. Michael R. says:

    I am not so sure that carrying a firearm into Target is a right to bear arms issue as it is a public safety issue. The occurrence that the NRA is now proclaiming recent open carry rallies are an excessive display speaks volumes, in my opinion. The members of the NRA are certainly not advocating the eradication of open-carry laws which I, myself, appreciate. Furthermore, I find myself supporting the NRA’s support of the second amendment. Yet, I am perplexed at the event that I may walk into a Target and observe multiple persons wandering the store’s aisles with a firearm attached to their self. My initial reaction would be to ask “why”? Does shopping at Target necessitate carrying a firearm? Obviously responses would be subjective in context, but I would be interested in hearing the reasons as to why one would “need” to shop while carrying a firearm. The frequently utilized argument which proclaims firearm possession provides protection to all citizens appears to open Pandora’s Box and further impedes public safety.

  15. Ben C says:

    The right to bear arms have seriously been taken out of context in our modern era. During the early days of our country under British rule, guns were limited to soldiers and those serving the crown. This restriction provide assurance for soldiers safety and extend the king’s power overseas with little to no opposition. As the revolutionary war came closer into view, the colonies realized the king’s restrictions had placed them in a difficult position. So during the days of the drafting of the constitution, it is essential to extend and protect the liberties of Americans to protect themselves. So the right to bear armies is a right extend to all Americans under the law, but what many have taken that right and are clearly abusing it. I find it highly unwise to openly carry a weapon in public. It can provide attention that is unneeded and unnecessary that could lead to other issues. In addition, the whole point of concealed weapons classes is to teach weapon carries on CONCEALING the weapon. The average American is not properly trained and equipped on how to react to a situation requiring a gun beyond their home. Law enforcement personnel, military personnel, and small number have the special tactical training on how to respond with the appropriate use of force for the situation that confronted. While many of us have seen the action/adventure movies, such events unfolding in real life are not so cut and dry. Once a bullet is fired, there are consequences especially if the discharge kills an innocent person.

    The NRA’s chastisement of those openly carrying weapons was highly appropriate and long overdue. Our laws are intended to protect us in so many ways, but with that protection comes a high level of responsibilities on all of us.

  16. Rachel B. says:

    I am all for the right to bear arms but I can also see why this issue has become such a big deal. If someone wants to carry a gun on them and is within the legal rights afforded to them by the state they are in than I don’t have a problem with it. Granted if you are going to carry you need to be aware that different states have different rules on open carry and concealed carry. That being said, carrying a rifle does seem a bit extreme. Maybe the owner does not have a handgun so they just carry their rifle around. Who knows? I do feel as though carrying the rifles is done as a statement considering all the gun debate going on. I would assume these owners might not have so openly displayed their views by carrying rifles if the topic had not become such a massive issue. I don’t see anything wrong with Target allowing them to carry. They are within the law and they aren’t causing any harm by just carrying it. Personally I don’t carry with the intent of showing off my gun, but I also know if I or someone else was ever in a life or death situation I am prepared to defend. The key is I know how to use a gun, but that is a whole other debate. Open carry laws are fine and if Target wants to let people carry rifles then it’s within their right. I also know that plenty of people carry concealed weapons and you would never even know they were armed. Personally that is more my preference because it avoids major debate and I don’t feel the need to wave a gun around so everyone can see it. Everyone will have their own opinion, and I believe they are entitled to it. Things just get so messy when businesses start taking a stand, but they are allowed to do it and if people disagree ….well it’s not like there aren’t other stores they can go to.

  17. Andrew D says:

    I will preface by stating that I am a gun owner with a valid Georgia Firearms License. With that being said, neither I nor any of my gun-owning friends participate or condone the complete and utter stupidity of the individuals openly carrying rifles inside businesses. The idea behind having a firearms license is to promote my personal safety. Frankly, I can do this with a concealed handgun (that I choose not to carry into businesses even though I am legally permitted to do so). Are these guys hunting in the store? What purpose does carrying a rifle into an establishment, other than a gun store serve? I do not think that these individuals realize that they are the “enemy” to their own cause. After all, are you as a citizen more apt to be intimidated and provoked by a citizen that is legally carrying a concealed weapon or a guy walking around with a 30-06 over his shoulder? What good can come of provoking fear in the general public while hiding behind the right to bear arms?

    I hope that most gun owners feel as I do and realize that gun ownership is not for everyone. Because I choose to carry a weapon does not mean that I have the right to force it upon another citizen who may be fearful of law abiding citizens with firearms. Legally carrying a concealed weapon does not provoke fear because no one knows you have it, especially if it properly concealed. I believe that common sense takes precedence here, although it is no longer common. If we as a country ever hope to have open dialogue about gun rights, then we need to demonstrate a level of maturity across the board. I would gladly participate in a federal background check, psych exam, or waiting period if it results in a positive outcome for the community at large. None of these prevents others or me from the legal right to bear arms (assuming they pass them). Is it inconvenient? Maybe, but what is the rush?

    I hope that citizens realize that not all gun owners act in this fashion or condone this stupid, but legal behavior. As for Target and others, I think that these “idiots with guns” put corporations in a bad position. If the corporations take a stand against this stupid behavior people will scream that they are infringing on their legal rights. Yet if they allow it, some will see them as sympathizers and supporters of the behavior. I do not know that there is a good answer when all that is needed is common sense and maturity among gun owners.

    • Andrew-one of the more lucid and logical comments by a gun-owner and enthusiast I have heard in a long time. Good for you! I am also licensed and annually re-test to keep my Marksman rating (handgun). And I agree with you, if I am out to secure my family, myself and possibly innocent, unarmed civilians, I will have it concealed. Why would I signal to those who might wish to do harm that I should be a target? Good stuff.

  18. Khari L says:

    As a person who owns a gun and has a concealed gun licenses. Target should not ever think it is safe to carry gun within their store. There are shootings going on around the country every day and having this delivers more issues. I am from Texas and I do not agree that everyone should pass this law to shoppers. Target has a rough time dealing with competition from other stores such as Walmart. They probably passed this action due to the lack of gun sells and more than likely felt this was a good opinion for customers. At the end on the day, managers make decision based on what is best financially the company. There will be big risk involved such as an increase in future terrorism but the process will just need to be monitored. There is no guarantee that if Target stopped open gun laws today that the death rate would drop any lower.

  19. Nicole J says:

    While I am a huge supporter of guns, flaunting them (no matter what the situation) is completely unnecessary and just begging for attention. There is no need to be carrying around an AR-15 in a retail store, or any public place other than a gun range for that matter. I think the more law-abiding citizens that carry guns the better because it will cut down on crime. No one is going to knowingly attack or rob a person who is packing, lets be real. It is my right, as a gun owner, to be able to open carry my guns almost anywhere, but I don’t because I find it unnecessary. I conceal carry because legally I can, and it is more conspicuous. If you open carry you are asking to be the first person to be taken out if something should go sour. Me on the other hand, 5’6 female with blonde hair carrying around a designer coach purse, is the last person anyone would expect to be packing. I like that Target supports federal and state gun laws, but the people who are open carrying their semi-auto rifles are just morons. It’s kind of like the saying, people who have money don’t talk about it or flaunt it. It’s the people who are not secure with their money or want you to think they’re richer than they are, are the people who constantly talk about money. People who flaunt their guns unnecessarily just because they can are just begging for attention, and they are probably the people who should not be carrying them in the first place.

  20. Christie S says:

    Right to bear arms is a controversial topic that will continue to have no right or wrong answer. We have seen many lives saved from people being able to carry their guns into public places and we have also had many lives lost.
    Con: I feel that target may have to increase security by allowing guns to be carried in their store. Unfortunately many people that own guns are not stable mentally to own them. People act irrationally over little things and are willing to kill over nothing. People do not value life anymore.
    Pro: Citizens feel protected and do not need to question their security. In a 1997 study, ” robbery and assault victims who used a gun to resist were less likely to be attacked or to suffer an injury than those who used any other methods of self-protection or those who did not resist at all.”

    I support Targets decision and I think they should stand for what they feel is safe for their employees and customer.

  21. Andrew N says:

    As a law enforcement officer, I think it is particularly careless to tote a rifle on your back while shopping at the local Target or any store for that matter. I do not think all gun owners are crazy; however, if someone enters the store to actually do harm and sees the person with a rifle slung over their back in the store shopping, you can imagine what will happen next. Carrying a concealed weapon is much safer, in my opinion, if that is what one chooses to do. Openly carrying a rifle in public causes panic and makes my job more difficult if I have to respond to Target. I have personally encountered a few people who only openly carry a rifle around in public to exercise their gun rights. Unfortunately, the people who call to report people with large guns walking around the store are very disappointed when they discover that there is nothing law enforcement can do unless the weapon is pointed at someone or discharged inside the store. The gun toting people who are pushing a shopping cart hoping to draw attention to their political statements, are pretty much harmless. They are usually wearing their rifle to get their 2nd Amendment message across and after they don’t get the attention they want, they leave.

    I read an article this morning about a town in Missouri, Lake Ozark, in which the city council voted last week to ban gun owners from openly carrying firearms even if they had a valid permit. The premise behind this measure was to ensure that tourists going to enjoy Lake Ozark would not frightened by gun wielding people. Maybe Target should follow suit, if they want to save even a few moms from taking their business elsewhere.

  22. Selenseia H. says:

    While I myself do not carry a gun, and am not licensed to do so, I can respect that others are. That is their right. I understand that. Like many others though, I have to question why? Why carry a rifle in Target or any other establishment? It isn’t necessary in my opinion, unless as someone else mentioned, you intend to strike fear in others around you. As a mother, I have never participated in a “momcott”, but I do understand them. As mothers, we are not only responsible for our own safety, but for the safety of our children as well. Most of us will do whatever we can to keep our children safe, but how many of us are pulling firearms out of our purses or diaper bags? That might be a bit excessive, and so is carrying rifles in stores. I stopped shopping at a number of stores a long time ago. Target is on that list, and after reading this blog, I think it will remain there.

  23. Rebecca K says:

    This is an interesting debate so is how stores are adapting their policies to deal with new rulings. I cannot honestly say I have no problems with guns, but I can say I know they have their place and time. I have never been in a situation where a gun would have made the scenario any better. What I have a hard time with is that not all gun owners know when or how to correctly use a gun. Since Georgia is a stand your ground state this gives me additional concerns. If I were shopping at target and someone walked by with such a weapon I could potentially feel like my life was in danger. Does this give me the right to then shoot them? Being a sociologist I understand human nature and group mentalities, but sometimes the laws passed or upheld still manage to suprise me. Most of the advocacy groups for this issue and others have to do with money.

  24. Karen P W says:

    So, after reading this blog, I went to the site and signed the petition against open carry in Target – as a mother who shops there and would never knowingly want to risk putting my children in harm’s way. Well, evidently many moms and families felt the same way and Target just announced new policy to prohibit the open carry of weapons in their stores! AWESOME! I told my children I love you too much not to have said anything and even my voice and actions joined with others to make a change that actually benefits many!

  25. Sedric C says:

    Gun enthusiasts take the 2nd Amendment to extreme. The second Amendment say you have the right to bear arma, not carry a military around with you. The same guns that you carry around with you everyday is going to be the death of you. The State of Georgia just passed a new gun law. No one should be allowed to take a gun into a place of worship. If you got to have a gun in church you may need to found somewhere else to go. Everyone need to boycott Target for allowing open carrying in there stores.

  26. Timothy C says:

    While I’m not confident of their success, I hope the efforts of the Mom group is successful. I am not so naive that I believe every person choosing to publicly display his or her weapons does so because they feel it is a benign exercise of their Second Amendment right. I believe that these laws are reckless and will lead to many unnecessary deaths. Every person legally able to bear arms does not possess the emotional maturity or fortitude of character to exercise self control when challenged by others. I believe there will be many situations that end in death by gunfire, that would have otherwise ended without injury or loss of life.

  27. Scarlett T says:

    I am very confused on why anyone would feel the need to have a rifle or shotgun with them while shopping in Target. I understand where Target is coming from in the sense that they are trying to uphold the second amendment and what not but come on, a rifle? Families shop there and I know I don’t want to see a huge gun strapped to a man/woman’s back so why would I want kids to see that? I am all for concealed weapons and being able to have those with you at all times, so don’t get me wrong. However, this draws unnecessary attention. What are you trying to prove? Don’t mess with me? Well we hear your message loud and clear and its annoying. Leave your hunting rifles at home because last time I checked there weren’t any deer running through the aisles of Target.

  28. kabaumgartel says:

    I am all about gun rights. It is something I feel like every American should have the right to do, with all of the proper qualifications. But, to carry a rifle or a shotgun into Target with you is just ridiculous. I can see that Target is only following Federal Laws but, I just do not see the point of why someone would want to come into Target and bring their gun in with them. To my knowledge Target does not carry any type of bullets or gun care products. Some people may see it better than hiding a hand gun under your shirt or something to that nature, but I just do see the reason to carry a big gun on your back. Some people may just do it because they can.

  29. balston says:

    I think today’s interpretation of the second amendment is skewed first and foremost because the world is much, much different from our Constitution’s birth, yet, I also believe that the premise is just as relative today. The missing piece for me is the use of “common” sense. Because common sense is not defined the same for everyone there continue to be detrimental actions done/committed to our communities and families. Now, with my perspective set, I am joining others and limiting my visits to public places, including Target, because of the new gun laws. As a mom who is very protective of my children, physically and mentally. There are many mature, responsible gun owners, “kudos”to them, but, I don’t trust the unknown capacity of a “free toting” gun-holder to decide when to pull the trigger and when not. I guess I will joining the family of cyber shoppers for a greater part of my shopping. God Bless Us All!

  30. C. McCall says:

    Constitutional Amendments are one area where fanatics and enthusiasts find common ground with radicals– and the more they are opposed, the bolder they seem to get. Not that I want to be surrounded by a group of people bearing rifles in the grocery line, but the more people take a stand against it, the more the Second Amendment flag flyers will emerge. I appreciate that you mentioned the NRA’s stance on the rallies. It’s important to hear several sides to this story. They are often painted in the light of radicalism with no sense of commonality. Although they don’t necessarily side with the ‘momcotters’, it shows they understand the need for law-abiding citizens to also be sensible. It’s true that ‘momcotting’ does not always win the war, but with both sides claiming the rallies to be excessive, maybe this will leave room for a real conversation with large retailers about the politics of public safety and the desire of their customers to shop without the fear of avoidable accidents.

  31. junior jackson says:

    The consumer is number one and their preference on how they would like to see their shopping environment should be considered and tailored to them. The shopper carrying a weapon is also a consumer but I would rather lose a few customers instead a large amount of customers. Moms and women in general make up a large majority of the consumer population and when they talk corporations need to listen because women have that kind of control that hurt bottom-lines and investors pockets and the corporations won’t recognize the impact until their sales start to decline and stores start to close and of course by that times its to late.

  32. valdostaphil says:


    I actually stray from my general political tint on this one. I support open carry laws. I’m also not much of an environmentalist and support coal. Guess I’m pretty much a member of the Blue Dog coalition minus the social conservatism.

    The problem here is that a lot of the people wanting to do this sort of thing want to do it while also looking sketchy. This is pretty much the same as kids in the 70s and 80s not wanting to be judged for their long hair and rock and roll like they came straight off the set of Wayne’s World. Hint: if you’re going to carry a gun in public, don’t look like you just came straight off the set of Wayne’s World. Or you’re going to be treated suspiciously. Because you look suspicious.

    I actually have a concealed handgun permit, so this is kind of moot for me, because I can just hide mine. Well, I can’t practically or legally conceal a rifle, but still. Sometimes when you do things just to make a point, you freak people out. It’s impractical and unrealistic to want to have something like this both ways. But if I decide to wear a shoulder holster and openly wear my firearm in public, I also intend to present myself in a fashion that doesn’t attract attention or suspicion to myself, regardless of the presence or absence of the firearm. Khakis, polo shirt, sports coat. Clean cut shave and hair.

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