No more shopping with guns!” says a mothers group to Kroger.
Kroger allows customers to carry firearms in its stores, and the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a gun control group supported by mega wealthy New York City former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, wants them to stop.
The organization is taking out half a dozen newspapers with ads meant to get the grocery giant to stop permitting customers to openly carry firearms in its stores. The ads will be featured on the websites of USA Today, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Columbus Dispatch, the Houston Chronicle, The Detroit News, and the Detroit Free Press, and on a billboard in Cincinnati, where Kroger’s corporate headquarters is located. The ads will appear in some of the print editions as well. Ads will also be taken out in the print edition of The Tennessean.
In the ads there will be images of shoppers doing seemingly harmless things that are currently banned in the nation’s largest grocery chain — such as eating ice cream or shopping without a shirt on — beside images of people carrying rifles. Unbelievably, it’s not the person with the gun that Kroger has a problem with.
According to a spokeswoman for Everytown for Gun Safety, the umbrella group that includes Moms Demand Action, the ad costs ran in the “six figures.”
Moms Demand Action decided to take this approach after several shootings happened in or near Kroger stores. Kroger, which has about 2,500 locations in the U.S., said that it would continue to follow local gun laws.
Moms Demand Action has gotten Chipotle, Sonic, Target and Starbucks to all change their gun policies.
“Moms Demand Action’s most effective technique has been to circulate photos taken by people who support the right to openly carry weapons in public. Some of the photos depict people holding large rifles as they wait in line to buy a burrito or order a hamburger,” reports The Huffington Post
The earlier campaigns by Moms Demand Action were mainly played out on Twitter and Facebook.
“These images bring into stark contrast Kroger policies that prohibit skateboards, food and a lack of appropriate attire in stores, but allow the open carry of loaded guns,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, in a statement. “Businesses have an obligation to protect their employees and patrons.”