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Kroger does not bow to Bloomberg pressure to ban guns in stores

Bloomberg is surrounded by armed bodyguards whenever he gets food. Not that he ever stands in the checkout line or carries groceries out to the car himself.
Bloomberg is surrounded by armed bodyguards whenever he gets food. Not that he ever stands in the checkout line or carries groceries out to the car himself.Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Kroger declines to ban handguns in stores,” Knoxville Gun Rights Examiner Liston Matthews reported in his Wednesday column, informing readers who the supermarket chain resisted organized pressure from Michael Bloomberg’s AstroTurf “Moms Demand Action” group to pressure the retailer into banning lawful carrying of firearms by its customers who choose to.

“Tell Kroger Moms want #GroceriesNotGuns,” the desperate MILMs urge on their website and via social media. Just to make sure the message gets through, the parent “Everytown” site repeats a “Tell Kroger Stores #GroceriesNotGuns” message.,

“The safety of our customers and associates is one of our most important company values,” Kroger responded on its website and to online inquiries. “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. 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. We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.”

“Readers are encouraged to send a short note to Kroger, thanking them for their decision to follow the law, and not increase the danger to their customers by designating their stores as Gun Free Zones,” Matthews encouraged in his column, and this correspondent did just that, spreading the word and asking gun activists to follow that advice.

”Good job not bowing to pressure to change your gun policies,” I wrote to them on following Liston’s lead. “I appreciate stores that stay out of politics and focus on business.”

“Liston Matthews brings good news,” I wrote in an afterthought on Facebook. “Make doing what he asks and following the link he provides to say "thanks" to Kroger today's Five-Minute Activism project.

“Give info@everytown.org as your edress on the form, and don't worry about them asking for a phone # -- Give 'em 212-583-6066 -- that's the number for Geller & Co in NYC who do Bloomberg's MAIG tax returns,” I added, after noticing the Kroger form asks for some information they don’t need. “Might as well maximize the fun we have with this.”

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