Moms Demand Action, a group fighting for the reasonable regulation of firearms, has been fighting a long battle against open carry ammosexuals’ desire to whip out their gigantic pieces in restaurants and grocery stores for a while. Recently, the group tackled Kroger, a chain of grocery stores, for their refusal to take a reasonable approach to customers publicly blasturbating in store aisles — but the group has turned up the heat with a new ad campaign.
“Kroger employees shouldn’t have to determine whether the person holding a gun in the frozen aisle is someone dangerous or someone making a political statement,” MDA spokeswoman Erika Soto Lamb said last month.
Unfortunately, Kroger didn’t quite get the logic in that statement. Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey responded that, “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. We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.”
Since Kroger would not listen to reason, MDA has taken out a series of ads if an effort to change some minds. The ads will run in six newspapers and on billboards in Cincinnati, Ohio, where Kroger is headquartered. The ads will contrast actions currently prohibited in Kroger — skateboarding, walking around shirtless, and eating ice cream — with images of people carrying assault rifles (something that is oddly allowed). The tagline reads: “One of them isn’t welcome at Kroger. Guess which one.”
Moms Demand Action has been very successful in convincing companies not to permit guns on their property. Sonic and Chili’s, along with numerous other restaurants, have stopped allowing open carry in their establishments — however, Target backpedaled on its request that customers leave weapons at home.
“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. “Businesses have an obligation to protect their employees and patrons.”
The ads will run in the online editions of USA Today, The Cincinnati Enquirer, The Columbus Dispatch, the Houston Chronicle, The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, as well as print versions of several of those papers and The Tennessean.