Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America launched a national campaign today calling on Michael Ellis, President and Chief Operating Officer, and Mr. W. Rodney McMullen, Chief Executive Officer, of the Kroger Family of Stores to prohibit the open carry of guns in its supermarkets in response to incidences of gun violence in and around stores, as well as open carry demonstrations organized by gun extremist groups that brought gunmen with loaded assault weapons into stores.Included below are a number of photos and posts related to this last statement. But here's one example: As the Moms Demand Action release notes, Chipotle, as well as Target, Sonic, Chili's and Jack in the Box, issued gun bans in the wake of petitions from the group. But Kroger hasn't blinked thus far. The company isn't talking at this point, but reps previously issued a statement that reads in part: "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." Open Carry Texas, whose members have posed for photos with weapons at a number of businesses subsequently targeted by Moms Demand Action, is ridiculing the petition via memes like this one, which references the support of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg: Meanwhile, the Moms Demand Action effort is gaining more attention from the media, including NPR. We've included that piece here.
Continue to see more Moms Demand Action photos and posts about guns at Kroger stores, hear the NPR report and read the petition.