How One American Company Reacted to Pressure from this Radical Gun Control Group
A year ago, the anti-gun activist group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America attempted to force the grocery chain, Kroger, to ban guns in its stores. Kroger refused to comply, however, and the company has stood fast in its resistance.
…Kroger stood up to protests and demands by activist group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a Michael Bloomberg-supported organization that hoped to convince the grocery chain to ban guns at its locations.
The efforts were stymied, however, by corporate leaders who recognized the group’s position is antithetical to Kroger’s mission.
“Millions of customers are present in our busy grocery stores every day,” explained corporate spokesperson Keith Dailey, “and we don’t want to put our associates in a position of having to confront a customer who is legally carrying a gun. We know that our customers are passionate on both sides of this issue and we trust them to be responsible in our stores.”
Kroger Chief Financial Officer Michael Schlotman further expounded on the company’s position, stating during a recent appearance on CNBC’s Squawk Box that anti-gun activists “were opposed to the fact that our policy is to adhere to the local gun laws.”
Schlotman explained that Kroger’s policy is to leave decisions regarding gun policy up to local lawmakers. Despite the alarmist predictions offered by Moms Demand Action, the Kroger spokesman said the company hasn’t “had any issues inside of our stores as a result of that.”
Moms Demand Action announced its campaign against Kroger on August 18. That same day, Kroger subsidiary Fred Meyer stated it would not alter gun policy, and as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, Kroger announced just days later that they would not change their policy, either.
Supporters of the Second Amendment have rallied around the company. In fact, the company has experienced a 21 percent increase in corporate profits since the confrontation with the activist group and the announcement of their decision.