The ad shows what are supposed to be Kroger employees getting on to customers for all kinds of things that are not allowed in the store: skateboards, outside food, pets, squirt guns (water on the floor is a safety hazard, after all)… Meanwhile a guy with what looks like an AR-15 shops peacefully and buys his groceries and leaves without being bothered by anyone for it (because Kroger is standing up for people’s open carry rights and abiding by state laws).
It ends with the guy walking out, again totally peacefully, with his paid groceries and his BIG SCARY GUN STRAPPED TO HIS BACK WHERE EVERYONE CAN SEE IT (RUN SCREAMING AAAHHHHH!) with the tagline, “A lot of things are not allowed inside Kroger grocery stores… but this isn’t one of them.”
Via an article about it featured prominently (and not so coincidentally) in Bloomberg News:
Back in August, billionaire-backed groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action joined forces to pressure Kroger, the country’s largest grocery chain, to change its position on the open carrying of firearms in its stores.
The two groups, bolstered by a $50 million philanthropic injection from Michael Bloomberg, focused their attention on Kroger following a spate of lobbying victories.
In the span of a few months, they’d watched Starbucks, Target, Sonic, Chipotle, Chili’s and Jack in the Box respond to their demands by asking shoppers to leave their guns at home.
The groups followed their tried and true formula, starting a petition and mobilizing their hundreds of thousands of supporters to use a dedicated hashtag, #GroceriesNotGuns, across social media.
Kroger is surely being targeted because with some 2,625 stores, it’s the second largest general retailer in the nation and it released a statement saying, unlike all those business listed above, the grocery chain would “follow state and local laws” regarding open carry. In short, they told Bloomberg and his anti-gun lobbying groups to piss off.
This propaganda is part of these groups’ first ever six-figure ad campaign. SIX figures to get Kroger to stop allowing people to open carry in its stores. When Kroger did not respond to the ads the way the lobbies wanted Kroger to, the groups rallied outside Kroger corporate headquarters. They have also launched a website for people to enter grocery amounts spent at competitors to prove to Kroger that its pro-gun stance is losing money.
Let’s stop for a second and think about this rationally (in a way not driven by billionaires who use their money to buy millions in propaganda to disarm the population): how many stories come out in the news about mass shootings at a Kroger grocery store anyway? And because of lawful gun owners?
In fact, most all the mass shootings that have happened in this country anywhere have taken place where? In gun-free zones. By who? Criminals who do not follow laws (that’s what makes them criminals by definition). People who want to shoot a bunch of other people for no reason are murderers. They don’t go looking for a place that has open carry to commit those murders. They will, instead, go looking now for a place like Starbucks or Chili’s that has completely disarmed its customers so that no one can protect themselves. That is what makes the most logical sense.
However, should such a criminal walk into a Kroger and decide to start shooting up the place, it is highly like the gun he or she is using to do so isn’t legally owned and permitted in the first place. Should that happen, most people would probably wish that a lawful gun owner was shopping there at that moment and carrying at the same time in the hopes he or she could stop the murderer from murdering people.
Because by the time someone has decided to shoot up a grocery store and murder a lot of people, they aren’t going to bother to go apply for their open carry permit and jump through the legal hoops to get a firearm (obviously). The majority of gun murders in this country are not committed by permitted, lawful gun owners anyway.
Bloomberg, who attends meetings with other rich eugenicists like Bill Gates to try and figure out how to shrink the world’s population, can buy all the millions in propaganda he wants, but it will never change those simple facts.
Then again, how many times have you honestly been shopping at a Kroger and seen someone walking around with a rifle strapped to their back anyway? I’ve shopped off and on at Kroger randomly for the past 30 years, and I’ve never seen it ever.
Bloomberg has noted that the groups will continue to spend big money on propaganda and pressure Kroger until it caves to their anti-open carry demands.
Melissa Melton is a writer, researcher, and analyst for The Daily Sheeple and a co-creator of Truthstream Media with Aaron Dykes, a site that offers teleprompter-free, unscripted analysis of The Matrix we find ourselves living in. Melissa also co-founded Nutritional Anarchy with Daisy Luther of The Organic Prepper, a site focused on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Wake the flock up!