DrVino doesn’t miss a trick (in the non-sexual sense of the expression). He recently caught wind of an email pimping a petition at change.org calling for a ban on firearms inside Home Depot (full text after the jump). Clearly, private enterprise is the new locus of gun control activism, now that the mid-terms approacheth and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has declared victory for “forcing” Starbucks to issue a polite, non-legally-binding request for customers to leave their guns at home. The petition has 5k signatories so far and plenty of pro-gun comments below. [Note to open carrier on left: get your GD strong hand off the gun!] . . .
We urge Home Depot to follow the lead of other companies who have been catapulted into the target of gun extremeists, like Chipotle and Sonic, to exercise their right as a corporation and ban all civilians from carrying weapons into Home Depot.
Home Depot is conspicuously failing in regards to protecting the safety and comfort of their patrons by allowing firearms on their premises.
Groups such as Open Carry Texas and Open Carry Tarrant County (who is known for publicizing the names and phone numbers of persons who express concerns over their rallies to the police) are using Home Depot as a platform for political demonstrations, regardless of the danger it may cause to patrons of Home Depot.
Despite many public arguments to the contrary, there is no data proving that the presence of weaponry in a place of business prevents robbery. However, the use of businesses such as Home Depot as a political platform for debates on the second amendment presents a clear and present threat to the safety and comfort of business patrons; a fact made very clear by the fact that a recent demonstration by Open Carry Tarrant County in a Forth Worth Texas Jack In The Box compelled employees to hide in the restaurant’s freezer in belief that the restaurant was being robbed and their lives were in danger.
We urge Home Depot to take efforts to prevent situations like these from re-occurring by taking into account the safety and comfort of all of their patrons and exercising their right to ban the possession of firearms in their business.