It may have a bulls-eye on its side, but Target has finally taken a reasonable stance on allowing guns in its stores. Target may have previously allowed open carry “activists” to march through its stores with their penile enhancements on full display (and conduct weapons training in its parking lots), but the chain has reconsidered its decision shortly following a manager’s harassment of a group fighting for reasonable gun regulations and policies.
On its blog, Target announced that, while it typically follows local laws, it is now asking customers to leave their weapons outside because it “creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”
Every day at Target, in everything we do, we ask ourselves what is right for our guests? We make all of our decisions with that question in mind. Questions have circulated in recent weeks around Target’s policy on the “open carry” of firearms in its stores. Today, interim CEO, John Mulligan, shared the following note with our Target team members. We wanted you to hear this update from us, too.
The leadership team has been weighing a complex issue, and I want to be sure everyone understands our thoughts and ultimate decision.
As you’ve likely seen in the media, there has been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit “open carry” should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. 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.
We’ve listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved. In return, we are asking for help in fulfilling our goal to create an atmosphere that is safe and inviting for our guests and team members.
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.
We’d like to congratulate Target for making the right decision in keeping these dangerous ammosexuals and gun fetishists from blasturbating all over the store.
Thank you for finally (it took a while) acting in a manner that is consistent with a business that cares about protecting its customers.