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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.