As mentioned earlier, I sent a message to Sprouts using their website contact form.
Here's the response from Susan Cameron, their Customer Relations Manager:
Thank you for taking the time to share your ideas about our decision to prohibit firearms in our stores. Please understand that we recognize and respect our customers’ rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a right that prohibits the government (but not private retailers) from infringing on citizens’ right to bear arms.
That right, however, must be balanced with our need as a retailer to address concerns of a majority of our customers and team members. That's why, after careful and thoughtful analysis, we have decided to prohibit our customers and our team members from bringing firearms onto our store premises.
While this decision may disappoint some of our valued customers, such as yourself, we stand by our decision and have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our communities about it.
Customer Relations Manager
11811 N Tatum Blvd Suite #2400
Here is my response to her:
Thank you for responding. I will respect the right of Sprouts to ban whatever they want from the property of their stores. I am a big supporter of property rights. However, I am a bigger supporter of the right to defend life, and too often people who do not respect laws, life or property rights enter gun free zones and kill lots of people. Since you all chose to make your stores gun free, you chose to be free of my patronization.
I will not permit my wife to shop in such dangerous zones; so you all have lost our business, and I feel so strongly about it that I will be doing my best to steer my friends and even strangers away from your danger zones, for their own safety.
I also believe in the right of people to believe that 2 + 2 = 5, but I believe they are wrong, and I will not do business with people who are that foolish.
Enjoy the facade of fake peace while you can. The world is full of crazies and I will mourn if Sprouts customers and workers ever suffer as a result of this decision. I think their loved ones will have a case if they ever suffer a wrongful death due to that foolish policy.
Again, I respect the right of private businesses to make their own rules on their property, but I do not respect the decision that was made.
I think there has been a great failure to adequately evaluate the statistics. It sounds like you listened to a few scaredy cats before the majority even knew what you were considering.
I hope more of you will send them emails and spread this all over the western states and wherever there are Sprouts stores.
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
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