Dallas Moms Descended on a Target Shareholders' Meeting, Hoping for an Open Carry Ban

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Kathy Tran
Open carry advocates brought long guns into a Target recently, and now some moms are asking the store to crack down.
Toni Gallego knew what she was going to get her granddaughter for her birthday. She knew the store where she was going to get it, too. She shopped at Target all the time, buying formula and diapers. Then she saw the picture: long, black rifles in the big box store's toy aisle. The day before, she had dropped $160 there. She said she hasn't been back since.

Gallego, a retired educator, said she's never supported the use of guns. She hates that her two sons have them. Recently, she saw that Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, an organization that advocates for the sensible use of guns, was to host a "Stroller Jam" outside Target's shareholders' meeting. Come moms, with your strollers, and show Target it should prohibit open carry in its stores. With her granddaughter in a stroller, Gallego made her way to a shady corner of Ferris Plaza Park, across the street from Union Station in downtown Dallas, around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"I won't be back until they change," Gallego told me. She then added she wanted to be able to go to a park or a restaurant with her granddaughter and not have to worry about "gun-toting cowboys." She said the open-carry guys seemed to be reinforcing every bad stereotype about Texas.

As we spoke, a group of middle-aged mothers wearing dark blue "Gun Sense Voter" T-shirts held up signs that read "Texas Moms Expect More." Stephanie Lundy, who'd driven up from Houston to be the main media liaison for the demonstration, gave one of her many interviews that day to a TV station. She wore cowboy boots and a skirt she'd bought at Target.

Earlier, Lundy (second from the right in the picture above) told me the group of women were there to ask Target to put a nationwide policy in place to prevent men and women from openly carrying in the store. "Moms love Target. I love Target," she said. "As a matter of fact when I got dressed this morning, I put on this skirt. I love this skirt. It's my Target skirt, as are many things in my wardrobe and in my pantry at my house. We want to be able to shop there, and we want to be able to shop there safely." She wanted people in Texas to know that there are no background checks required to buy a gun here.

When I ended my interview with Gallego (second from the left in the picture above), another reporter stepped up to talk to her. And another after that. Camera tripods formed a half-circle around the group. At one point, I counted 17 reporters and 12 demonstrators, with Gallego having the only stroller. Another woman would soon join them. Near the end, two men would as well. A total of 15. Lundy said she was happy with the turnout. It is summertime, she said, and school's out; mothers have other things to do.

The other mothers were from the metroplex. They wouldn't give their last names, instead pointing me toward Lundy or another woman who was designated to speak to the press, who was also not giving her last name. They said that was to keep the message on point. (Gallego apparently had not gotten the message about the message).

From what I could gather, though, there was a common thread among them: They were mothers and avid Target shoppers who were incensed over the tragedy at Sandy Hook, and now had to do something about guns. Lundy told me that the night she heard the news out of Newtown, she was at a cocktail party with her husband, who works in the oil and gas industry. The women, she said, looked stricken. The men, community and business leaders, talked about whether their guns would be taken away. It disturbed her enough to get involved with Moms Demand Action. The pictures of rifles in Target only inflamed Lundy and the other moms more, so here they were.

Open Carry Texas had no presence at the demonstration, but CEO CJ Grisham dismissed the event in an email to Unfair Park.

"This protest they are doing is a show," he wrote. "They only serve to bully businesses into submission. They have tried to hijack all mothers as supporters of gun control, ignoring millions of mothers who carry firearms in defense of themselves and their children. Thousands of members of Open Carry Texas are mothers and feel differently. We don't have time to bully businesses with political issues or agendas they shouldn't have to deal with in the first place. Their focus should be on providing high quality service and products to its customers."

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monkeypuncher
monkeypuncher

A. These guys are not "Mom's". They are activists from Mom's Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, a group funded by  New York Mayor Bloomberg and ran by Shannon Watts, the former PR chief of Monsanto.


B. These moms are not from Dallas. This "turnout" is the sum result of the ENTIRE TEXAS CHAPTER of MDA, and possibly some activists from out of state.


C. The reason why you don't see open carry activists at this event is because we really don't bully people, but MDA does. We have more mothers and grandma's showing up to one single open carry rally then MDA does in 6  months, so MDA does NOT represent Texas mothers.


D. Chili's, Sonic, Jack In The Box and other companies who have caved into MDA's bullying tactics have already suffered heavy monetary losses from the boycotts that have resulted from them discriminating against law abiding gun owners. And that does not count the outbreak of armed robberies and shootings that have occurred in these places of business since the announcement of "gun free zones".


So to recap, MDA is a big mega corporation funded by corrupt politicians and will bully, harass, steal and lie to get their way, while Open Carry Texas is a grassroots organization with very little to no funding.

Rooster375
Rooster375

Wow!  The lies just keep coming in.  Mad Moms seem to be very fond of this one, since they use it a lot..."Texas don't require background checks"  Uh, news flash Mad Moms...ALL States are required to have the purchaser fill out Form 4473 with ALL their personal info, the info of the gun being purchased, provide a valid ID, and go through an NICS background check before they can legally make the purchase from an FFL dealer.  <----FACT!

Y'all are acting like nut jobs, not the other way around.  Your group has lied, defamed, slandered, made libelous comments, stole personal intellectual property, attacked and threatened this group to no end.  Anyone else would have been arrested and charged by now.  America see's this since you do it publicly.  That's why you had such an enormous turn out for your cause...to bully yet another business into following your illogical, emotionally unstable demands.

And you accuse OCT of being in the wrong. LOL  Classic!

jackya501
jackya501

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bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

It's weird how libertarian and conservative types have tried to coopt the word "bully".  No matter what the situation is, they say they're being bullied.

  • If they're prevented from blocking access to a clinic - they say they're being bullied.
  • If they lose they're SSI benefits due to fraud - - they say they're being bullied.
  • If they're arrested for drunk driving - they say they're being bullied..
  • If they're prevented from blocking access to a poll - they say they're being bullied.
  • If they're ticketed for blocking traffic - they say they're being bullied.

It's terribly pathetic of them to be, in this of all countries, going through life feeling so weak and impotent.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

You'd think a thread having to do with guns and Target would be chock full of witty references . . .

But, no.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Moms of diminished effect.

Oxtail
Oxtail

WTH?!?! Why did The Observer change the original pic in this post? The guy that was wearing an Obama campaign shirt and strapped with an AR-15 was my hero.

Sharon_Moreanus
Sharon_Moreanus topcommenter

Less than 100 attended the meeting and kept all 10 board member.

Target has more stuff to worry about than what 10 moms personal views are.

Wonder if Gallego pickets her sons house or place of business.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Actually, President Obama is farther to the right than Myrna on this issue:


“I think it’s important for us to recognize that we’ve got a tradition of handgun ownership and gun ownership generally. And a lot of law-abiding citizens use it for hunting, for sportsmanship, and for protecting their families. We also have a violence on the streets that is the result of illegal handgun usage. And so I think there is nothing wrong with a community saying we are going to take those illegal handguns off the streets. And cracking down on the various loopholes that exist in terms of background checks for children, the mentally ill. We can have reasonable, thoughtful gun control measure that I think respect the Second Amendment and people’s traditions.”

Barack Obama, April 16, 2008, Democratic Primary Debate, National Constitution Center in Philadelphia 

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@monkeypuncher How do you know these moms aren't from Texas? Did you poll them? Smells like partisan BS to me.

Also, sorry to burst your bubble, but those restaurants did the common sense thing. Who the hell wants idiots carrying rifles into a neighborhood eatery? Just asinine.

And finally, I don't care if OCT is grass roots. Those roots I can live without. We need some roundup for these roots.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Rooster375

The lies just keep coming in

Obama hasn't said anything yet today.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@jackya501 Ah, a Tom Clancy fan, I see.  Did you just get around to watching "Hunt for the Red October" in its first release in your home country of Bratislavistan?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

Mad Moms Target Target, Target Shoots Back, Finds Target.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@Oxtail Isn't that what most Texans consider a "bad guy with a gun."

wcvemail
wcvemail

@Sharon_Moreanus

So long as she's not taking forever to park on her dilatory excursions when I'm on a lunch break and have to wait for her to get out of the way, I'm OK with her little summer project. And you're so, so right about Target's priorities!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

It's probably not a good idea to bring up Obama's past statements, promises and positions, since so many have proved to be lies, mis-representations, or broken promises.

Update yourself, see his lies on the "one a day" crap, and his endorsement of gun confiscation.

Rooster375
Rooster375

@TheRuddSki 
 

Obama hasn't said anything "publicly" yet today

Fixed! LOL

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki 

see his lies on the "one a day" crap, and his endorsement of gun confiscation.

What? you have a problem with his support for daily vitamin regimen? they're good for you!

and enlighten us on "his endorsement of gun confiscation", haven't see anything supporting that claim.

BS-Patrol
BS-Patrol

@TheRuddSki  I don't think you will find a "libtard" with a comeback to your non stop Obama bashing.  Republican's need to find a Presidential candidate to is able to complete a sentence without mumbling and fumbling before they are able to lie about anything. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheRuddSki Shall we again post the interminable list of lies that Republican Regressives have told about Obama?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Rooster375

Fucker lies in his sleep.

"we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable, and self-reliant Iraq..."

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@mavdog

and enlighten us on "his endorsement of gun confiscation", haven't see anything supporting that claim.

“A couple of decades ago Australia had a mass shooting similar to Columbine or Newtown, and Australia just said, ‘Well, that’s it. We’re not doing — we’re not seeing that again,’ and basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws, and they haven’t had a mass shooting since. I mean, our levels of gun violence are off the charts. There’s no other advanced, developed country on earth that would put up with this."

I imagine you know what restrictions he's referencing. Confiscation.

Now, I fully expect a lecture about how he of course, because of our Constitution we cannot do this, and echo precisely the WH spin.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@mavdog Ruddski is his own imaginary creature of a feverish mind, who lives entirely within the realm of fantasy, equivocation, and prevarication.  Quite sad.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@BS-Patrol

Yet another freshly-minted sockpuppet. Like rabbits you are.

Neither a Scott Walker or Ted Cruz are known for mumbling, dissembling or serial lying.

And maybe the dems will have to find someone better than an aged, apparently brain-damaged person of no known accomplishment (except reset with Russia LOL), or an equally aged socialist who claims she's part Cherokee.

Now, go change your shorts and come back with a retort from someone else.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

The list itself is full of lies and misrepresentations, and rather than inconvenience everyone with your habit of flood-the-zone, dense pack pasting, just provide a link.

Otherwise, you look like a hysterical ninny losing a debate.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum topcommenter

@TheRuddSki Yeah, as if he's worse than his predecessors of either party, I get it, he's the punching bag du jour because he's in charge.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki  "Constitution we cannot do this..."-Actually, since the Constitution's reference to gun ownership is addressing a state-run militia in the second amendment, it is perfectly legal to confiscate guns. It is also technically legal to abolish the possession, sale, or manufacture of guns in the U.S. 

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki 

oh, I see, he NEVER said anything at all about "confiscation", he did NOT say anything along the lines of an "endorsement of gun confiscation", he said he supported "severe, tough gun laws".

from polling done about 50% of Americans have said the same thing that Obama said, they support tougher gun control laws.

glad we could clear it up, you THINK he may have an inclination to support action to confiscate guns, but he NEVER said that he did support confiscation nor did he propose ANY action along that line.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki  "Yet another freshly-minted sockpuppet. Like rabbits you are."-Oh, c'mon. You love a good puppet show. Especially during reparative therapy where an "ex-gay" gay is shoving his finger puppets up your ass. You love the shit out of that stuff. It makes you less gay. At least, that's what I heard along the grapevine.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki  "Neither a Scott Walker or Ted Cruz are known for mumbling, dissembling or serial lying."-They're known for doing all of that and more. But in Ted Cruz's case it's hard to pay attention when he looks so...down syndrome. Seriously, how did that little bitch get so ugly?

BS-Patrol
BS-Patrol

@TheRuddSki  I am a sock puppet.  What are you?  Oh you are a sock puppet too.  Then there is a pair of us.  Don't tell.  They would banish us you know. 

tdkisok
tdkisok

@TheRuddSki 


"Otherwise, you look like a hysterical ninny losing a debate."


Jesus, don't you have one ounce of self awareness?  

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Obama is a Kenyan.Obama is Muslim. Obama is a terrorist. Obama is a Mau-Mau warrior. Obama is gay. Obama is a Communist. Obama is Kenyan, Muslim terrorist, who is gay and a Communist Mau-Mau Warrior. Shall I go on?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

it is perfectly legal to confiscate guns

Here is a perfect example of the reason so many Americans are so adamant about their Constitutional rights in that regard.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@mavdog

If you cite gun confiscation positively, as a proved "solution", does that mean you're against gun confiscation?

The logic pretzels you choke on must be pretty damn tasty.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ghkyluhhje

I seriously doubt you've ever heard either man speak, they are both quite articulate without a script or TelePrompTer.

And the way Walker walked all over Obama and his union goons in Wisconsin was just about the lowest point the poor bastards collectively experienced, and precisely what elevated him to the contender position he holds.

Wisconsin was, for O and the boys, a miserable, expensive, demoralizing, embarrassing, and humiliating ass-kicking by a Republican. The beauty of it is, you helped pay for it.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@BS-Patrol

My name is common knowledge, because I use it.

I have never created a sockpuppet here or anywhere. How many do you have? I think six so far.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

As the undeniably dumbest sumbitch on this board, we welcome your input.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

A shortened version of your pre-packaged, irrelevant pasting that you often employ as a debate white towel.

But, speaking for all, thanks for making it a small towel this time.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki  "Here is a perfect example of the reason so many Americans are so adamant about their Constitutional rights in that regard"


Yep, my Constitutional right to "a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility" is something I'm definitely adamant about, which is why I stand by my statement. What are you fighting for? More tyranny by right-wing terrorists?

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki  "If you cite gun confiscation positively, as a proved "solution", does that mean you're against gun confiscation?"-Read your sentence again and spot the error in your logic. The mental diarrhea swimming around in your head must be pretty damn sloshy.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TheRuddSki 

again, where is "gun confiscation" in anything Obama said?

surprise, it is not there!

Guns are legal in Australia, individuals legally own a variety of firearms. Under new regulations guns which were catagorized as highly restricted were purchased from the owners or were modified to conform to set standards.

not "confiscated".

failure on your part.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki 

"I seriously doubt you've ever heard either man speak, they are both quite articulate without a script or TelePrompTer."-I have heard them speak, and I am not thus far impressed.


"And the way Walker walked all over Obama and his union goons in Wisconsin was just about the lowest point the poor bastards collectively experienced, and precisely what elevated him to the contender position he holds."-You should probably thank those union goons. They're the only reason you aren't doing an Oliver Twist these days.


"Wisconsin was, for O and the boys, a miserable, expensive, demoralizing, embarrassing, and humiliating ass-kicking by a Republican. The beauty of it is, you helped pay for it."-Actually, we all pay when a Rethuglican is in office. You paid too. You could say that every failed society in history was run by basically a bunch of republicans.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki 

"I have never created a sockpuppet here or anywhere. How many do you have? I think six so far."-Projection is such a flattering color on you.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@TheRuddSki


You dumb fuck. That fact that you use an alias and repeat the same shit over and over makes you a sock puppet. 


Hey!! I use an alias and repeat, "You are a Dumb  fuck" to you all the time.  I'M A SOCK PUPPET!!


BS-Patrol
BS-Patrol

@TheRuddSki  NO.  That is a LIE.  You just keep repeating that same line about how you have given your name.  Over and over.  Stop spewing  the same hash.

tdkisok
tdkisok

@TheRuddSki


I'm way smarter than you. 


How is that lawsuit? Oh yeah....... LMAO

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@pak152 Actually, the article is wrong. The man cited to have been the source of those claims, according to the article (Andy Martin), has been a republican other than a few short years in the '60s and '80s, based on the records I can find of him. It appears the rumors came from him, and had no connection to supporters of Clinton. Although I wouldn't be surprised if that wacko LaRocuche had something to do with it.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki  "A shortened version of your pre-packaged, irrelevant pasting that you often employ as a debate white towel."-Actually, since you have not addressed her claims, they stand as accurate for now. By evading, you waved the white flag.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ghkyluhhje

It's not right-wing terrorists doing a school shooting every five weeks, it's kids, raised, or not, by parents and a violent culture promoted by anti-gun people who have more guns than you.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ghkyluhhje

I re-read the sentence. Turns out it's actually a question.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@mavdog

Yep. And what happened to the guns the government didn't register, license or permit?

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ghkyluhhje

Projection is a town, not a color.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkisok

My name is well- known for about 10 years, I and others have published it here. My nick is a vaiation of my name, and my old photo credit for ski photography. It's not very hard to figure out. I am registered with a proper email, and I have never posted under any other name than my own. No sockpuppetry.

And it drives the weasel sockpuppets nuts. It's a compliment, in that whoever it Is can't form a cogent argument to counter my points, and he/she knows it.

To lessen OT, target-specific sockpuppets, at least require registration with legit email. It won't eliminate weak-minded little assholes entirely, but the extra effort required usually stumps simple minds enough to discourage the "contribution".

I have no idea if these sockpuppets are yours, but the intellectual level is roughly the same. Dumb Fucks.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki  "It's not right-wing terrorists doing a school shooting every five weeks, it's kids, raised, or not, by parents and a violent culture promoted by anti-gun people who have more guns than you."


Tomato, Tomahto. Your "kids, raised, or not, by parents and a violent culture promoted by anti-gun people who have more guns than you" is my "right wing terrorist.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki  " re-read the sentence. Turns out it's actually a question."


Indeed, but that's not important right now. Did you spot the logic error in your formation of the question? I'll quiz you on the difference between an interrogative statement and a declarative statement later.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki 


"Yep. And what happened to the guns the government didn't register, license or permit?"


Most likely scenario? There wouldn't be any afterwards.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki  "Projection is a town, not a color"


If only I weren't color blind


And denial is a river in Egypt.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ScottsMerkin  Oh, dear.  There have been recent shootings there beachside, recently.


(CNN) -- Myrtle Beach authorities responded to six separate shootings Saturday that left three people dead and five people wounded in the popular South Carolina resort city, police Capt. David Knipes said Sunday. 5.6.2014

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@ghk

Ok, you worry about right-wing terrorists.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Technically Ill be on Ocean Isle, but must fly into Myrtle Beach airport.  Thankfully, there are far fewer shootings where Ill be than there are in DFW.  The folks Ill be around will be too worried about if they have enough beer to last till 5 pm when everyone leaves the beach and heads back over the sand dune to houses for dinner

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@Myrna

I hate to mention it hon, but the shootings were not associated with white rednecks, and even the mention of these shootings is considered racist by some.

ghkyluhhje
ghkyluhhje

@TheRuddSki  "Ok, you worry about right-wing terrorists."


I will. And likely you will too: every terrorist attack that has occurred in world history has been confirmed to be from right wing terrorists.

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