Following the release of Target’s request that law-abiding customers “not bring firearms” into their stores, Target PR group manager Molly Snyder tried to clarify Target’s position by saying, “This is a request and not a prohibition.”
On July 2 Breitbart News reported Target interim CEO John Mulligan “respectfully [requested] that guests not bring firearms into Target.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, Snyder spoke on that same morning to clarify Target’s position: “At this time, we don’t have plans to pro-actively communicate with guests beyond the initial ask from Target leadership that is taking place today.”
In other words, Target is lining up with Starbucks instead of Chipotle, Chili’s, Sonic, and Jack in the Box. Whereas the latter four asked law-abiding customers not to bring guns into their restaurants, Starbucks simply asked customers not be so flamboyant in openly carrying them. But Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz made clear that customers carrying guns would still be served.
Of course, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America is still touting Target as a victory–just as they touted Starbucks as a victory–although Starbucks was actually a loss for them.
And the LA Times reports that Chipotle has now backtracked a bit off its original request, saying they “strongly and respectfully [asked customers] not to bring any guns into [their] restaurants, [but] this is not a ban.”
Maybe Moms Demand actually lost at Starbucks, Target, and Chipotle too?
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