Here are some of the headlines on Target’s statement on guns in their stores.
Christian Science Monitor: “Target goes gun-free, becoming biggest US retailer asking customers to disarm”
Financial Post: “Target Corp to customers: Your guns are not welcome in our stores, even where allowed by law”
USA Today: “Target says ‘No’ to guns inside store”
USA Today: “Target ‘respectfully requests’ shoppers don’t pack heat”
The Daily Kos: “Target Speaks: No Guns”
Huffington Post: “Target: Don’t Bring Guns Into Our Stores”
WSJ: “Target Asks Customers to Keep Guns Out of Stores“
Here is one headline that gets the idea correct.
from the Washington Post: “Target, ‘open carry’ and the clash of cultures over guns“
John Mulligan, the company’s interim chief executive, has a very clear memo posted on Target’s Web site: “Target’s policy on the ‘open carry’ of firearms.” There was no reference to keeping all guns out of their stores.
Just to confirm what seemed obvious, I contacted a Target PR person and got this response:
Thanks for reaching out.
The position Target is taking is a request and not a prohibition. That position is that we are respectfully requesting that guests not bring any firearms into our stores. At this time, we don’t have plans for additional proactive communications to guests beyond the initial ask that is coming from Target leadership today.