HOUSTON, TX - What do you get when you mix a bunch of gun-toting open-carry advocates and a supermarket full of moms and children? A mess, and now the Kroger chain of supermarkets has found itself in the line of fire. First, it was Target and Chipotle, but now, after open carry groups have made it a point of carrying guns inside supermarkets, and following a string of unrelated shootings inside Kroger stores in places like Memphis and Indianapolis, the gun-legislation group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is setting its sights on the grocery giant. And their weapons of choice are smartphones and hashtags.
"We don't boycott," says Moms Texas spokesperson Claire Elizabeth, "we encourage people to shop at stores that do have gun sense policies and we would love fro Kroger to adopt some gun sense policies."
So far, Kroger's policy has been to follow whatever state and local laws apply at the individual stores, saying: "We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores." Nonetheless, Target stores folded under pressure from the group and banned guns from their stores. So did Chipotle. And after a good chiding from the NRA, Open Carry Texas has stopped bringing guns into restaurants and stores.
Any guesses who's going to win this standoff?