As gun fetishists all over the country continue to insist on their right to carry weapons into restaurants and other private businesses, Target has announced that is now going to “ask” people not to bring guns into their stores. And for some reason, they think this is some kind of close call.
Target announced Wednesday that it will ask shoppers to keep firearms out of its stores, after battling protests over the store’s gun policy came to a head when a loaded gun was found in a store’s toy aisle last month.
In an update from interim CEO John Mulligan to Target’s team members, Mulligan declared, “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.”
“This is a complicated issue,” Mulligan wrote, “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.”
The announcement by one of the largest retailers in America comes after a string of other companies have instituted no-gun policies. Several, including Chipotle and Starbucks, announced soft policies similar to Target’s over the past few months that simply ask customers not to bring their companies. Mulligan’s announcement did not specify whether it will enforce a gun ban against customers. A number of other companies have flat-out bans.
Of course, we’re not dealing with reasonable people. Anyone who thinks that they have a right to take their AR-15 into a restaurant or a retail outlet shouldn’t be allowed to own one. That alone is prima facie evidence that they should not own a gun.