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Current Event Cat of the Day: Guns With No Target

Current Event Cat - Target Guns

Joining the ranks of Starbucks and Chipotle, Target is “respectfully” requesting that shoppers not bring guns into its stores.

After photos of pro-gun activists carrying assault weapons in the baby clothes section of a Texas Target store surfaced and staffers found a loaded handgun in the toy section of a South Carolina location, Target decided it might be time to re-think their gun policy.

“Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so,” Target CEO John Mulligan wrote in a statement on the company’s corporate blog. “But starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target — even in communities where it is permitted by law.

Noting that Target has been the subject to numerous “open carry” protests in recent weeks, Mulligan says guns are at odds with the retail giant’s family atmosphere.

“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,” he said.

Not to mention that having dozens of barely literate gun nuts waving around assault weapons in the children’s aisle probably had a negative impact on sales… Who would have known? Everybody, I guess…

As logical as not having loaded guns near children is, Target’s announcement still caused a fair bit of backlash from angry gun activists – mainly on Target’s website.

“This is just to shut up the anti gunners. Going back to Target with my gun today and tomorrow and whatever days I want,” one commenter raged.

“Being that it is a request, I say to Target: No, I will not give up my rights to your request and will continue to conceal carry when on your premises while I am out and about. In other words: No, make me stop,” another said.

“I’m sorry that Target was put in this position. They will no longer get any money from me. I refuse to shop at a store that does not want me to have the tools to protect my son.”

Yes, a gun-free Target is a death trap for children. Fortunately for them, there’s always Wal-Mart.

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