John Mulligan, interim CEO of Target, released a statement today in which he requested "that guests not bring firearms to Target—even in communities where it is permitted by law." (Read the full statement here.)
This is significant for several reasons, but perhaps most important is the way in which it highlights the growing list of companies that are gradually responding to requests from their customers for civility and common sense when the Open-Carry folks show up at their doors—typically armed with assault weapons, hardly the normal equipment needed for grocery shopping in America.
Target, a Fortune 500 company (at number 36, in fact), joins a growing list of businesses that have decided to privilege the wishes of its customers to provide a safe and sane shopping or dining environment.
And for growing this culture, without which our country cannot prosper.
Also, you can read the Moms Demand Action statement on today's development here.
In the current debate about gun-violence prevention, voices of safety and reason are often drowned out by the more extreme voices fueled by radical interpretations of the Second Amendment, as well as by the deep pockets of the gun industry. These companies are resisting this radical contingency in our culture, and all of us who work to lessen gun-violence in America are happy to congratulate them for doing so.
That a corporate culture aligned against such extremism is gradually growing in this country provides us just cause to celebrate as the Fourth of July looms on Friday. Freeing ourselves from gun-violence is one way to enshrine the freedoms that originally founded this country.
So thanks to everyone, and particularly to Shannon Watts and her organization, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, for spearheading this life-saving initiative.
And again, thanks to Target, for showing true corporate responsibility!