Many companies maintain that they are being forced to choose a side in this so-called “gun debate.” Unfortunately, too many choose to side with anti-Second Amendment crusaders and pretend that it’s a business decision.
In reality, stores have a very simple solution at their disposal: simply form store policy in keeping with local laws.
Still, stores like Starbucks and Chipotle continue to engage in the anti-Second Amendment crusade while posturing as innocents caught in the crossfire of a fierce debate. Abiding by the local laws, however, seems like a commonsense solution to perceived PR quagmires.
While so many stores yield to the left’s bullying campaigns, one store, the largest chain of grocery stores in the nation, is standing strong against the anti-gun bullies and it’s sure to delight those who love freedom.
Starting January 1st, 2016, Texas will allow open carry for pistols. Many stores like H-E-B have already begun putting-up the necessary signs to alert customers that such activity is forbidden. However, Kroger, the giant grocery store chain, has a novel approach: they will simply follow state law.
On CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in early 2015, Kroger CFO Michael Schlotman explained the company’s position:
“If the local gun laws are to allow open carry, we’ll certainly allow customers to do that based on what the local laws are. We don’t believe it’s up to us to legislate what the local gun control laws should be. It’s up to the local legislators to decide to do that.
So we follow local laws [and] we ask our customers to be respectful to the other people they are shopping with. And we really haven’t had any issues inside of our stores as a result of that.”
The company released a statement in August 2014 and is still standing by it:
“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.”
Michael Bloomberg and his astroturf anti-Second Amendment groups have taken aim at the store before and have waged a “Groceries Not Guns” campaign to try and shame the company into bending to their will instead of abiding by state law.
Because of their dedication to commonsense and liberty, I will be sure to shop more at Kroger stores (which include Fred Meyer’s) and I urge all readers to do similarly.