On October 15, an armed man wearing a skeleton mask robbed a bank inside a Cincinnati Kroger, and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America responded by calling the robbery “a wake up call to Kroger’s leadership to prohibit the open carry of firearms in its stores.”
Armed robberies are already banned by law, but such laws did not stop the man in the skeleton mask from carrying out his evil deed.
Yet in a Facebook message posted October 16, Moms Demand cited the robbery as proof that a gun ban is the solution. Moreover, the group said, “Kroger customers should not be responsible for determining if someone in the store holding a gun is a criminal or making a political statement.”
According to The Cincinnati Inquirer, in addition to wearing the skeleton mask, the robber held an open umbrella over his head and pointed his handgun at the teller while demanding cash, clearly making more than “a political statement.”
It also seems rather obvious that copycat criminals might be less tempted to carry out similar actions if they understand Kroger store policy allows patrons to be armed where local law allows.
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