Anti-Gun Group Tells Moms to Boycott Stores Who Follow Local Gun Laws

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 26, 2013 | 12:59pm EDT

Ever since the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012, numerous anti-gun groups have sprung up demanding that new strict gun control laws be enacted across the country.

One such group, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America (MDA), has taken their gun-control advocacy to a whole new level, asking mothers to boycott businesses who follow state and local gun laws.

According to their website, Moms Demand Action was created to “demand action from legislators, state and federal; companies; and educational institutions to establish common-sense gun reforms.”

Since its formation less than one year ago, the organization has created numerous “campaigns” aimed at boycotting businesses that don’t support their anti-gun agenda. The most recent ones include a “Tell Starbucks: ‘We’ll Take Our Coffee With Gun Sense’” campaign and a “Back To School Shopping Guide.”

The supposed boycott of Starbucks occurred on Aug. 24, when the organization urged its members to boycott the company for following the law when state and local governments allow for open carry of guns.

Starbucks does not allow individuals to bring a gun into their establishment if it conflicts with the law, but MDA wants Starbucks to violate the law by refusing to let law-abiding gun owners enter into their establishment with a legal open carry permit.

MDA contrasts Starbucks’ inaction on gun control to a ban against smoking within 25 feet of its storefronts – even if local laws allowed for such smoking.

MDA ignores the basic fact that not only is gun ownership a constitutional right, but CDC data shows that death from cigarette smoking is 14 times more likely to occur than death from a firearm. Starbucks banning smoking from its premises is a public health issue, but greater gun control has nothing to do with public health. 

MDA’s other initiative seems to be aimed squarely at Wal-Mart, which – based on the laws in the state – allows for the legal possession of a firearm in its stores.

The “Back To School Shopping Guide” lists several large national retailers, including Staples, Costco, CVS and Wal-Mart and advises moms whether or not to shop in the retailer for school supplies based on its gun policy. Costco and CVS have nationwide no-gun policies, whereas Staples’ policy is based on the state and individual store.

The only company that MDA explicitly tells its members to avoid is Wal-Mart, both because it sells what MDA calls “assault-style weapons” and because they allow customers to carry a gun as well.

While MDA certainly has the right to push for new gun control laws, it seems odd that they are attacking large retailers simply because they follow the gun laws in their respective state.

Not only does the anti-gun group want moms to boycott Starbucks and Wal-Mart, but they are demanding these companies violate state and local laws to promote MDA’s gun control agenda.

Starbucks had revenues in 2012 of $13 billion, and Wal-Mart saw revenues of $469 billion last year, so we will have to wait to see if these two companies are willing to violate the law and lose revenue to support MDA’s gun-control agenda.

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