The headline from the Washington Post earlier today:
Following Walmart’s lead, Kroger asks customers not to openly carry firearms in stores
Kroger followed Walmart in asking customers not to display their firearms in stores located in “open carry” states, becoming the latest big chain to reshape its business around gun reform amid a spate of mass shootings.
The nation’s two biggest grocers also are pushing for tougher background checks, bowing to public pressure that has been building since deadly shootings at Walmart stores in El Paso and Southaven, Miss., claimed 24 lives and wounded dozens this summer.
“Kroger is respectfully asking that customers no longer openly carry firearms into our stores, other than authorized law enforcement officers,” Jessica Adelman, group vice president of corporate affairs, said in a statement to CNBC on Tuesday. “We are also joining those encouraging our elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence.”
Kroger and Walmart are certainly not “ultraliberal” (as our local editor sometimes labels those who favor gun restrictions) corporations. Their decisions were business ones based upon what their customers want. Yes, Congressman McKinley, they also want you to do something about gun violence.