In the aftermath of Walmart and Kroger announcing their plans to stop customers from open carrying in their stories, retail giants Walgreens, CVS and Wegmans have jumped on board with the corporate take-down of the 2nd Amendment and announced similar policies.
“We are joining other retailers in asking our customers to no longer openly carry firearms into our stores other than authorized law enforcement officials,” Walgreens announced in an emailed statement.
“We join a growing chorus of businesses in requesting that our customers, other than authorized law enforcement personnel, do not bring firearms into our stores,” CVS announced.
Wegmans was more squishy in their proclamation in favor of gun control inside their stores, refusing to outright ban open carry while imploring their customers not to do so.
“There’s nothing more important than the safety of our customers & employees. The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans. For this reason, we prefer that customers not openly carry firearms into our stores,” Wegmans announced in a post on Twitter.
These corporations at war with gun rights have provided ammo to Moms Demand Action, the astroturfed gun control group that is funded by leftist mega-billionaire Michael Bloomberg.
“We hope Senate leaders are watching this sea change” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said in response to the open carry bans.
“We’ll take this momentum to Washington when Congress is back from recess on Monday,” she added.
Walmart and Kroger got the ball rolling on this movement against the Bill of Rights, as multinational corporations lead the way toward the destruction of the U.S. Constitution after two mass shootings last month restarted the media-driven hysteria against gun ownership.
“In the national conversation around gun safety, we’re encouraged that broad support is emerging to strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger,” Walmart’s CEO Doug McMillon said last month after the mass shooting in El Paso, TX.
“The reauthorization of the assault weapons ban should be debated to determine its effectiveness in keeping weapons made for war out of the hands of mass murderers,” he added.
Gun rights are under attack like never before, with even the Trump administration strongly considering “red flag” gun confiscation laws at the federal level, as gun grabbers seem to have gained a tremendous amount of steam in recent weeks.
Will Joe Manchin Pose a Threat to Gun Rights?
Manchin may not be as moderate as some make him out to be.
The common perception heading into the Biden presidency is that West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin will be one of the most powerful Senators in the next few years.
Given the conservative nature of Manchin’s West Virginian constituents, he has had to take several moderate positions and not move lockstep with the Democrats’ leftist faction. For example, Manchin has already gone on record against getting rid of the filibuster — an idea that is popular among progressives in the Democrat Party.
However, on the Second Amendment, Manchin will likely fall in line with his anti-gun Democrat colleagues, As Cam Edwards reported at Bearing Arms, Manchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he is willing to move gun control in the next congressional session. However, he wiggled his way out of Tapper’s question about banning modern sporting rifles.
“There has to be responsibility in gun ownership. I’m not going to eliminate people having their gun,” Manchin answered. “They shouldn’t be scared to death of Democrats on their Second Amendment, taking their guns away. … So no, we’re not going to take people’s guns away, but there are things that we should not have in people’s hands.”
West Virginia is known for having solid gun laws that make it easy for lawful individuals to possess and carry firearms. In light of this, Manchin has to take a measured approach to wedge issues like gun control lest he wants to face the wrath of West Virginia’s rabidly pro-gun voters.
However, we shouldn’t forget that Manchin teamed up with Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre to push a universal background check bill. Grassroots pro-Second Amendment activists were able to defeat this anti-gun scheme, which left Obama and company disappointed. Additionally, pro-gun organizations such as the National Association for Gun Rights made a name for themselves in 2013 by exposing this bipartisan gun grab. Manchin can go the anti-gun route like most of his Democrat colleagues and he’ll try to find squishy Republicans to help propose “reasonable” forms of civilian disarmament.
Gun owners will likely have to step up again to confront another set of gun grabs. Democrats are now much more radicalized and they’re looking to exploit nationwide hysteria following the January 6th incident to ram through gun control. As always, right-wingers will have to remain vigilant.
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