Moms Ramp Up Pressure with ’12 Days of Kroger’ Campaign

Moms Demand Action's '12 Days of Kroger' campaign.  (Photo: Moms)

Moms Demand Action’s ’12 Days of Kroger’ campaign. (Photo: Moms Demand Action Facebook Page)

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is ramping up pressure on Kroger this holiday season in an effort to persuade the retail food chain corporation to ban open carry in their stores.

To achieve that objective, Moms launched its “12 Days of Kroger” campaign Monday.

“For the next 12 weekdays, we’ll be contacting a different Kroger-owned grocery chain each day and asking them to prohibit open-carry of guns in their stores,” said the group on Facebook.

On Tuesday, members dropped off petitions signed by shoppers and patrons of Fred Meyer, an Oregon-based grocery store chain purchased by Kroger in 2009.

“I don’t want to worry about gunmen in the supermarket as my child and I shop for groceries,” Anneliese Davis, a volunteer with Oregon state chapter of Moms Demand Action, in a statement.

“It is far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get a gun in America without a background check, and I’m uncomfortable shopping at a store that puts gun extremists ahead of the safety of my family. Fred Meyer should prohibit the open carry of firearms immediately.”

Oregon members of Moms Demand Action are also actively fighting for universal background checks. Following the midterm elections, the state Senate now has a pro-background check majority and a governor who is sympathetic to the cause.

“It’ll take legislative action as well as support from the companies we trust to finally curb this epidemic of gun violence in this country,” Davis added. “Oregon moms are proud to do our part to show Fred Meyer and Kroger that their shoppers want and deserve a safer, more kid-friendly experience in their stores.”

Meanwhile, a representative of Fred Meyer iterated the company’s longstanding policy on firearms.

“Our policy is that we follow local laws,” Fred Meyer spokesperson Melinda Merrill told Oregon Live. “So if it’s allowed in the municipality where our store is, then we follow the local law.”

While various restaurants and retail stores have capitulated to Moms Demand Action, e.g. Target, Starbucks, Chipotle, Sonic, Panera Bread, Jack in the Box, Chili’s, Kroger has stood its ground.  Hopefully Kroger continues to ignore Moms Demand Action and keeps its pro-gun policy in place.  Time will tell.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Slick Willy January 5, 2015, 12:25 pm

    to be fair, THESE are idiots that happen to be moms. they are liberal moron moms, but sadly more and more people seem to be joining them. the times and opinions are changing and it scares the hell out of me – not for me (almost 50), but for my kids and grandkids. more violent crime happening everyday and more people turning against guns. insanity in action. i’ll be loyal to kroger as long as they continue to stand their ground.

  • Bob December 10, 2014, 2:26 pm

    it is an interesting point on what these women would do or want in a violent situation. what would they give to have a gun if they were being robbed, beaten or even raped ? Would they want someone with a gun to intervene, you bet they would.
    These women have way too much time on their hands with nothing to do. They need to get a job, do community work or something to occupy their minds.

  • Russ December 9, 2014, 6:05 pm

    M.O.M.S. = Malicious Obstructional Misinformed Society

  • Gary December 8, 2014, 5:19 pm

    I only hope you would spend as much time raising your children correctly as youseem to have to waste on stopping law abiding permit holders from shopping at Krogers, and by the way if just say they agree and do not post the ban ‘there is NO ban’, which is why Target has no ban!!!!! ha ha they fooled you guys

  • Dan Martin December 8, 2014, 4:31 pm

    Don’t these people get it? “Gun free zones” are just what the criminals want! In all these mass shootings you never heard of them shooting up a police station. Why… because they know they will meet with armed resistance, not because it’s against the law. Criminals don’t obey the law that’s why they are criminals! The law doesn’t just hand out carry permits like candy, there are back-round checks and safety and knowledge tests you must pass to get a license.Unfortunately,so many people are afraid of “The Big Bad Wolf”of a gun they think hiding their children and themselves from the sight of them will make them safe.The only defense against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

  • John Browning December 8, 2014, 4:23 pm

    I am not sure I am comfortable shopping in a store that is in favor of allowing their customers to be gunned down by some maniac who doesn’t obey the law.

    I love those people who go around telling people to call 911 when they see a gun. They seem to believe the constitution gives them the right not to be upset/scared by others’ exercise of their constitutional rights.

  • Paul December 8, 2014, 4:04 pm

    Couldn’t think Moms for Gun Control are good for business: Kroger profits are up 21% !!!
    Could they stop by my place, please? I could use some bump in traffic.

    Kroger, Fred Meyer and family: THANKS for standing up to those Commies.
    You have my business and support, and we’re in touch; your Customer Service is top notch.

  • Anthony December 8, 2014, 12:36 pm

    I have read articles about families at local stores that happen to have an incident occur while shopping with their children.
    If a citizen with a concealed weapons permit was prepared to use it against the perpetrator who was hell bent on shooting everyone, and the citizen knowing that he could go to jail for his actions.
    So it may save one or all of your children would you tell him to put it away and don’t be silly.
    I would assume you would be sitting in the corner a blubbering mess and even rude enough not to thank him.

  • John L December 8, 2014, 11:46 am

    Good luck in Arizona. Our right to carry is mandated in our original state constitution. Good for Kroger for not caving to these well meaning, yet ill informed people. The problem for businesses here is that should they post a no firearm sign, they then have to have a system in place to secure your weapon while you shop. They then become responsible for safekeeping and returning your firearm. Businesses don’t particularly like to take on this extra hassle.

  • Ross December 8, 2014, 9:51 am

    Useful idoits……………if they don’t see it, it isn’t offensive ?…………too many people are “offended” by whatever………Politics as usual……….call it as you see it, outloud………..USEFUL IDIOTS

  • skipNclair December 8, 2014, 9:47 am

    While I would not wish this on any of these moms, It would be interesting to see if in a situation of them being attacked by someone with a weapon with their children present which choice they would take here. I am standing close by and offer them my cell phone to call the police, or I say I am a concealed carrier and I can shoot him, do you wish me to toss you the phone or take him out? Willing to bet 99% ask not for the phone, the other 1% are just plain stupid.

  • Michael E. Hensley December 8, 2014, 7:34 am

    Target has NOT Capitulated to anything!!!
    Corporate says the yea we don’t like guns was done to shut up these Women who really need to go out and find a job and as yet no signs have appeared in any Target stores I visit and when you mention anything most workers in the stores have no idea about what you speak

  • W J White December 8, 2014, 7:17 am

    People who have a permit to carry a weapon have back ground checks . In most cases these checkes are performed by your local Sherrif. People who are elected by that community. People that are trusted to do the job correctly. So lets’s get our facts straight before we start listening to those that don’t have a clue. Bad people do not get permits.

  • mirgc December 3, 2014, 12:10 pm

    Good for Fredy Meyers for standing up to these Demanding Moms.

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