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Danger: Sprouts Farmers Markets Are Now Gun Free Kill Zones - Shop Elsewhere

The corporate board of directors of Sprouts Farmers Market has apparently decided to put all their customers at risk by designating all their stores as gunfree zones, adding them to the list of targets for madmen intent on taking their rage out on defensless mothers and children (and a few men).

One would have to be blind to not see that there is a multi-faceted attack on our right to keep and bear arms. While politicians work to regulate, ban, then confiscate our arms, there are other ploys being out into action by local governments to decrease the places where armed citizenry can frequent while carrying arms.

This is done by "encouraging" businesses, especially large corporations and major chain business corporations to provide a "safe" environment for their shoppers. If successful, we will all be in situations like Susan Gratia Hupp was (see video below) without the need for state laws.

http://youtu.be/n9xUCI3nJsQ

Why should we wait for the corporate strangle hold to get stronger?

Let's mount a massive campaign to let every Sprouts store in the country know that we in the patriot community who may well be the anchor for the market of healthy farm foods will not put up with this flagrant denial of our rights given the history of mass shootings in "gun free zones".

Please go to the following website:

http://sprouts.com/stores

and find the store(s) near you and go in person and protest this decision. Find an alternative source for farm foods and commit to not shopping at Sprouts until they reverse their decision and the signs come down!

They are headquartered in Scottdale, Arizona. Here is the number to the corporate office: 480-814-8016

You know what to do.

It would be good for some of you to organize people in your state to make a thorough boycott of this corporation. Make them feel a loss of FRN's they'll never forget.

It would be nice to make a list of things you normally buy and show it to the manager as you say, until the sign comes down and SProuts changes its policy, I/we will not be shopping here and here's how much business you will be losing.

Let's do this people!

For those interested, here's my story:

I have shopped at Sprouts for years, and I always carry (usually openly) my defense tools/arms. But a few weeks ago, I noticed a No Weapons Allowed sign on the front window of a different Sprouts store than where I normally shop.

I asked to speak to the manager and informed him that I would no longer shop at Sprouts if they discriminated against people like me who like to be responsible for our own safety rather than relying on police who always show up too late.

He said he believed it was the policy corporate-wide. I informed it the store I normally shop at did not have the sign. He gave me the Sprouts corporate office phone number, and said I would need to speak with them.

I called the next day and spoke to the receptionists. She was very sympathetic, and indicated that she was in agreement with all the points I had made supporting the right of people to carry arms in public places like stores, even though they are privately owned.

She said she would get back to me after getting the official scoop from her bosses. I never heard from her again.

Two weeks later, my wife wanted to go to the Sprouts store where we normally shop. I said no at first, then because I hadn't heard back, I thought, why not, after all it would provide another opportunity to spread the word and confirm whether it this store still had no gun ban sign.

Alas, when we walked up to it, there it was - a brand new sign. I was angry.
I put my gun in my car (after moving it so no one would notice I had a gun and now didn't and break into my car and steal my gun while we were in the store), and went in. After getting the supplies we needed and checking out, I said to the cashier, "We are very sad. This is our last time to shop here." She said, "Oh really, why? Are you all moving?" I said, "No. We just can't support a store that leaves us vulnerable to a cruel, senseless death." "What do you mean?" she asked. I explained to her that because guns are not allowed in Sprouts stores anymore, they have become a potential target for crazy, madmen who want to take their anger out on the world and we will not shop where we are not allowed to protect ourselves from such random violence. She said she understood and was not aware of that decision. I suggested that she look for a safer environment to work, where people like me were welcome and madmen wouldn't likely consider as a target for their rage.

I then went to the other store, where I normally do not shop and told the manager that they for sure had lost my business.

Now I write this, hoping the DP community will rise to the occasion and make this go viral.

Any other ideas that would lead to causing Sprouts more financial loss until they change their policy would be appreciated, or for that matter any ideas that would get them to change their mind without financial loss. That would be preferred as I would like an otherwise good store to be successful.



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Good question.

Dr. Paul talks about the federal government involving itself in issues that belong on the state level.

The issue as it stands now is the definition of private property. It's the wrong issue. Private property is not open to the public. Private property owners make up their own rules.

Businesses open to the public must operate in accordance with the laws of the state in which they are located. Open carry, for instance, is a state law where I live. It has nothing to do with private property because the business is open to and accommodates the public. If open carry is the state law, businesses open to the public who have to operate under state law, cannot violate the law by refusing to allow a person who is open carrying into a business. Should the federal government involve itself? Absolutely. One of the most important functions of the federal government, which has gotten lost along the way, is to protect our rights under the bill of rights. The 2nd amendment is part of the bill of rights, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. In my opinion, a business refusing to accommodate open carry in my state not only opens itself up to an individual lawsuit under state law, but to a federal lawsuit citing a violation of the 2nd amendment (in my constitutional world).

In a free market, you're right, the free market would reward/punish. I'm at a loss to figure out what this has to do with property rights. Once a business is established, it must follow state and federal law. We know this before we open a business. I equate this argument over property rights to the federal government taking over the airports and telling citizens they have no constitutional rights once they enter the airport. The rationale is they have entered onto private property. People can't pass out flyers, or film, or are confined to "free speech zones" complete with tags worn around their necks indicating they are allowed to be in the "free speech zone" and can be unreasonably searched, or searched without a warrant and probable cause. If you don't abide by their rules, you can be arrested and end up in jail.

Should people be forced to give up their rights under the constitutions of the state and the United States to use an airport, or shop at Target or Walmart because someone advances the argument people have entered onto private property (that accommodates the public)?

I hadnt even heard of this

I hadnt even heard of this store before this post. Where is this located?

To climb the mountain, you must believe you can.

Mostly in western states

I provided a link in the original post. Here it is again:

http://sprouts.com/stores

If it doesn't work, please let me know.

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Thanks everyone,

Please spread to other venues. This really needs to go viral. If we can't stop a corporation, we won't be able to stop a government!

Libertybelle, you have my sympathies!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Phxarcher87's picture

Great

job!

One of the biggest pitfalls in a "movment" is the temptation to get cultish about it and refuse to realize that it is only part of the picture. -Joel Salatin ; You Can Farm pg 202

Damn! My favorite

Damn! My favorite store...they will feel my disgust and the loss of my business!

If my need to be RIGHT is greater than my desire for TRUTH, then I will not recognize it when it arrives ~ Libertybelle

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

MY DARK CHOCOLATE COVERED ALLLLLLLLMMMMMMMOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNDDDDSS!!!!!!!!!

Maybe they'll try to woo us back with...

...CHOCOLATE BULLETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lol!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Debbie's picture

Bump!

Excellent post!

Debbie