Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America today is staging a "Stroller Jam" of mothers and children and stollers outside Target Corps' annual shareholder meeting. The protest is to call attention to the fact that Target allows the open carry of guns in its stores.
In less than a week's time, more than 160,000 people have signed petitions asking Target Corp CEO John Mulligan to prohibit the open carry of guns and Moms chapters in a number of states will also begin delivering petitions to Target stores this week.
The petitions are in response to demonstrations by a gun extremist group that brought loaded semi-automatic weapons into the aisles of Target stores in a number of states and after a gun was found in the toy aisle of a Target store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In another incident, a Target employee accidentally shot himself with a gun dropped by a customer.
In a news release announcing the Stroller Jam, Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said, "Assault rifles and guns don't belong in the baby aisle, they don't belong in the toy aisle — and they don't belong in any aisle of the stores that American moms frequent like Target.
"We will continue our call on Target to stand with moms and support the safety and security of our children when we shop in their stores. We support the Second Amendment but people walking through the aisles flaunting their loaded weapons is unacceptable and it's time for Target, a store that American moms flock to, to follow the lead of Chipotle and Starbucks and prohibit the open carry of firearms."
The protest was to take place at Union Station in Dallas at about 1:30 p.m. CST.
Also, moms also planned to deliver petition to stores in Virginia, California, North Carolina and Minnesota.
According to Target, about 80-90 percent of its customers are women and 38 percent of the retailer's adult customers are accompanied in the store by children.