Friday, September 5, 2014

Bloomberg/Watts' Revenge - Kroger in the News Again

Alternate title: "Store Wars: The Empire (State) Strikes Back"*


Some time back, we reported that Kroger opted not to bow to pressure from Shannon Watts' and
Michael Bloomberg's gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, to ban the peaceable carrying of firearms in their stores. Kroger's perfectly reasonable statement (emphasis added):
The safety of our customers and associates is one of our most important company values. Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day and we don’t want to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun. That is why our long-standing policy on this issue is to follow state and local laws and to ask customers to be respectful of others while shopping. We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.
 Like I said: perfectly reasonable. Law-abiding folks will abide by laws, responsible folks will conduct themselves responsibly, and respectful folks will respect others. In other news, water is wet (ZOMG, insert dramatic "Dun dun DUUUUNNNN!!" sound here).

Naturally, though, when dealing with megalomaniacal billionaires (like Bloomberg) and control-freak busy-bodies (like Watts), you just knew this wouldn't go over well.

And so it hasn't. Forbes reports (emphasis added):
Michael Bloomberg-backed gun control group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched its first ever large-scale corporate campaign on Thursday with an advertising spend of six figures aimed at pressuring Kroger, the country’s biggest grocery chain, to change its firearms policies.
Yep. A six-figure advertising campaign against Kroger, for the audacity of telling Hizzonner to shove it where to go and what to do there to leave them alone and let them make their own decisions on what will and will not be allowed at their own properties.

The ads themselves are pretty pitiful, too, following a pattern familiar to those of us who remember Moms Demand Attention Action's previous campaign against carrying in schools:
Seriously, I wouldn't want to see that in the store, either.
"No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service," man!
Click to embiggenate, or spare your eyeballs and don't.
(source: Moms Demand Attention Action)
So again, I'm asking that we, collectively, throw Kroger some business and thank them for upholding the rule of law, and our rights. They did right by us - even it if was just refusing to get caught in the middle - so we need to do right by them.

(Hat tip: Bitter at Shall Not Be Infringed)
* - With the most sincere apologies to George Lucas.

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