If you were celebrating Target’s announcement that it will be asking customers to leave their Second Amendment sticks at home, you might want to hold off on that for a while.
On Wednesday, Target said on its blog, it will be asking customers to leave their boomsticks at home, as the presence of loaded assault rifles “creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”
Target interim CEO John Mulligan explained via a blog post, “ 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 isn’t a policy change, this is a position,” said Molly Snyder, a member of Target’s public relations team, in a phone interview with The Wire. “We are requesting that people do not carry any firearms in our stores, including concealed carry. We will continue to follow local laws, however, concealed weapons are included in our position.”
“Because this is a request and not a prohibition, we do not plan to communicate with our customers at this time,” she told The Wire.
Carol Spieckmerman, president of consulting firm Newmarketbuilders, said that Target used “soft language” while it searches for a diplomatic solution. “On the surface, it would seem to be a safe and smart decision,” she said. “It’s not without precedent.”
However, Spieckerman is concerned that Target’s lack of a decisive answer could be damaging. She told the Star Tribune she wonders if open carriers will respect Target’s “request,” or if they will simply seize on the chain’s lack of decisiveness to continue to protect themselves against tampons, shampoo, and cheaply-made furniture with their trusty AR-15s. “They could easily try to turn around and push the limits of that respectful request,” she said, noting that it could put Target employees in an awkward position.
Open Carry Tarrant County released a statement via Facebook, celebrating Target’s lack of a spine:
Target has released a statement, that when read in its entirety, explains that they are remaining neutral. Here is a key part of that statement. “Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so.” Then, they made a simple request that appeals to the other side. So in reality, if you read Target’s statement for what it’s actually worth, It’s clear to see nothing has changed. There are already pictures going around online today of people open carrying at Target with no problems, thus proving nothing has changed.
A Target spokesperson followed up this statement with a clarification. Molly Snyder said the retailer will not post signs at its stores asking people not to bring guns inside. “It is not a ban,” she said. “There is no prohibition.”
Indeed, pictures are already circulating of Open Carry ammosexuals continuing to publicly blasturbate in the aisles of the store with the bulls-eye logo.
Does Target want guns in its stores? No. Will Target actually say something to you if you strap your manhood to your back or chest and wander the aisles? It’s doubtful.
We invite Target to take an actual stance on its beliefs.