I'll concede right away that I'm not one of those people who shops a lot. That said, wasn't that front page photo in Friday's Miner, the one of the guy with the rifle standing in the grocery aisle, a prime piece of propaganda?
And that goes back to the first point. When I do shop and see someone with a firearm, it's never a rifle. And for folks who do get out and shop a lot, I'll bet their experience is pretty much like mine. You just don't see people toting around rifles in stores. It's the exception, not the rule.
And out here in the wild West, I can go weeks without seeing anyone packing heat in a store. But like I said, I don't get out much.
But Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, the folks who are trying to drum up support to get Kroger to ban open carry, are more about shock value than facts. (The Smith's Food and Drug here falls under the Kroger umbrella.)
I don't know what it is about otherwise sane people, but for some reason the idea that law-abiding folks can walk around with guns - or even own them - frightens them.
For example, my grandson has a book that is designed to teach him his name and address so he can repeat it when he calls 911. The book also covers situations for when calling 911 is appropriate. Grandpa being unresponsive on the couch in front of a televised football game isn't one of them, but calling 911 for bad accidents and really sick people are.
The last example in the book is calling when you see someone with a gun. I'm not kidding.
My wife has her own way of dealing with shoppers with sidearms. "If there's trouble," she tells them, "I'm sticking with you."
The Moms Demand Action people, I suppose, can throw cans of tomato soup at the deranged gunman who barged into the store that bans open carry. For that reason, it's probably a good idea to warm up in the back yard before shopping. No point in also having to get rotator cuff surgery when the doctors are already dealing with your multiple gunshot wounds.
I think my wife's plan works better. She's one of the Grandmas Who Demand Inaction from Kroger, and heck, I'm kinda proud that a national chain, one that includes our Kingman Smith's, has a policy that is so pro-freedom. It's nice to see a national chain like that stand up to a bunch of busybody sissies.
I don't shop at Smith's all the time, but if Kroger sticks to their guns (and lets law-abiding folks bring theirs), I'll be there a bit more often.