Flashback: King Soopers asked customers NOT to carry guns in stores in 2019, creating conditions for mass murder in 2021
03/31/2021 // JD Heyes // Views

We've seen this time and time again for decades: Left-wing, anti-Second Amendment policies that lead to tragedies like the mass shootings the country has witnessed over the past few weeks around the country, such as the murders in Boulder, Colo., at a King Soopers grocery store by a Syrian immigrant.

Nine unarmed shoppers, along with an armed police officer, were shot and killed allegedly by Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, last week, becoming the latest victims of liberal ideology.

How so? Let's flashback to 2019. The Denver Post reported:

Customers who shop at Colorado’s 148 King Soopers and City Market stores are being asked to “no longer openly carry firearms” into the stores, echoing a move made by retail rival Walmart a day earlier.

In its announcement, Cincinnati-based Kroger, the parent company of King Soopers and City Market, said its request applies to anybody who shops in its stores with the exception of law enforcement officers.

“Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our associates and customers,” Kelli McGannon, a King Soopers spokeswoman, said Wednesday.

That idiotic statement from McGannon, which was spoon-fed to her by equally idiotic CEOs, is the very same idiotic thing everyone on the left says when they issue these damnable requests (which aren't really requests at all but thinly-veiled mandates) of customers to shop unarmed.

It's idiotic because of the very fact that lawful gun owners who are lawfully carrying firearms (concealed or open) are not the ones going around shooting people. Rather, in many cases, armed Americans are the best defense for unarmed Americans because they often use their firearms to stop mass murderers in their tracks.


And let's recall that a) mass murderers don't obey gun laws in the first place; and b) murder by any means, guns or otherwise, has been illegal in America since our founding.

People who drive up to a grocery store, get out of their vehicles and start shooting people are not concerned about gun laws, much less gun requests from leftists who are completely lacking in self-awareness and whose policies are actually putting Americans in danger, not protecting them from it.

And yet the left instinctively blames the guns, not the murderers, and seeks in response to impose more gun limitations. It's insane. (Related: Boulder shooting on Skull and Bones day prompts calls for more gun control.)

In a statement at the time, King Soopers said it is “joining those encouraging our elected leaders to pass laws that will strengthen background checks and remove weapons from those who have been found to pose a risk for violence.”

As in nearly every mass shooting, Alissa was subjected to a background check when he purchased the firearm he allegedly used last week to kill. He passed. Belching up the same old statements like "strengthening background checks" and 'removing guns from people who shouldn't have them' is worse than stupid -- it's dangerously irresponsible and, in the view of many, directly contributes to creating the "gun-free zones" killers choose to commit their heinous crimes.

After all, when was the last time you heard or read about a mass shooting at a police station? At a shooting range where everyone else is armed as well?

Keep in mind, some of the worst mass shootings have occurred in Colorado: At Columbine High School in 1999; and at a movie theater in Aurora in 2012. Those incidents are, in large part, what led state lawmakers (in a Democrat-controlled state) to pass open-carry legislation, so residents could protect themselves from maniacs who want to kill as many people as possible.

So 'mandatory requests' like the one made by King Soopers a couple of years ago only serve to contribute to such incidents because they seek to neuter the legislation passed to allow people full use of their right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

Leftists always ask conservatives why they think they need beefed up firearms; the answer is always the same -- because mass shooters don't care about left-wing gun laws.

See more reporting like this at Shootings.news.

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