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Day After ‘Guns Everywhere’ Law, Target Says Guns And ‘Family Friendly Shopping’ Don’t Mix

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Superstore giant Target is asking gun lovers to keep the object of their affect at home, just one day after a “guns everywhere” open-carry law goes into effect. 

Maybe it’s just coincidence, but one day after Georgia’s “guns everywhere” law went into effect, the $73 billion Target corporation (NYSE:TGT) is joining many other national retailers who have already asked gun owners to not bring guns into their stores. 

Calling it a “complex issue,” interim CEO John Mulligan acknowledges “there has been a debate about whether guests in communities that permit ‘open carry’ should be allowed to bring firearms into Target stores. He says that “starting today we will also respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.”

But Mulligan goes even further, strongly suggesting that guns in stores defeats Target’s “goal to create an atmosphere that is safe and inviting for our guests and team members.” And he concludes, “Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create.”

Target joins a list of retailers — including Starbucks, Chipotle, Whole Foods, Peet’s Coffee, AMC Theaters, California Pizza Kitchen, Toys R Us, and Disney World and Disney Land — that have asked customers to not bring guns into their environments, but have not banned them outright, probably for not wanting to have to enforce an actual ban.

Of course, this is just the latest shot, if you will, in the gun culture wars, but it’s a theme that continues to grow. Conservatives insist on imposing their lifestyles and points of view on America, and America fights back by saying, “No, that’s just too extreme — we’re going in the opposite direction.” 

Last summer, immediately after gun nuts insisted on a “Starbucks Appreciation Day” to “thank” the coffee giant for not banning guns, Starbucks asked all its customers to leave their guns at home, because the “presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.”

And in May, after members of a Texas group calling itself Open Carry Tarrant County marched into their local Dallas-area Chipotle and scared customers half to death, Chipotle issued a statement not outright banning guns, but saying “we are respectfully asking that customers not bring guns into our restaurants.”

Meanwhile, this response to conservatives going overboard is evident in the same-sex marriage battle too. One has to wonder if it took bans on same-sex marriage — an extreme act by conservatives — to show America how offensive opposing marriage equality is. And it took federal judges striking down those bans to expand marriage to same-sex couples. Would marriage equality have happened later if the bans had not been there? One wonders.

 

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Trump Serves Up Paranoid Election Conspiracy Rant for Thanksgiving: ‘Flick of a Switch Can Change Course of History’

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President Donald Trump on Thanksgiving broke weeks of refusing to answer questions from reporters, and focusing his anger on Georgia called its Republican Secretary of State “an enemy of the people” while brewing up an insane new conspiracy theory.

After praising GOP Senators in two run-off elections fighting to keep their seats, Trump said he told Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, “you have a fraudulent system.”

“You have a system where the flick of a switch or the putting in of a new chip can change the course of history.”

He also falsely claimed voting rights advocate and former Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams had illegally “harvested” 850,000 ballots. In reality, Abrams says 750,000 Georgia voters have requested absentee ballots.

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‘No I Can’t Say That’: Trump Says He Will Not Concede – but Will Exit White House if Electoral College Makes ‘Mistake’

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President Donald Trump used the occasion of Thanksgiving, weeks after Election Day, to declare he will not concede.

Speaking to reporters after calling troops overseas – at 1:16 AM their time, several hours later than scheduled – the President was asked if he will finally concede.

“No I can’t say that at all,” Trump replied, the first time he’s taken questions from reporters in weeks.

President-elect Joe Biden has 306 Electoral College votes, against Trump’s 232.

He also said the Electoral College members will have made a “mistake” if they do not declare him the winner of the 2020 presidential election, as Bloomberg’s Jennifer Jacobs reports.

But he also said he would leave the White House if Biden is the official winner. (Trump frequently denies making remarks he has made.)

Trump, however, is not planning on believing the results.

“I don’t know what is going to happen. I know one thing, Joe Biden did not get 80 million votes,” he added.

 

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‘Mother of All Superspreader Events’: Expert Warns Daily COVID Deaths ‘Will Double’ in Days After Thanksgiving

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As millions of Americans are traveling across the country this Thanksgiving, ignoring CDC guidance to stay home and not mix households, a medical expert warns daily COVID-19 deaths will soon double.

“It’s potentially the mother of all superspreader events,” Dr. Jonathan Reiner, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, tells CNN Thursday.

The U.S. saw more than 181,000 new cases on Wednesday. Current daily deaths are now about 2000 per day. Dr. Reiner says they could come close to 4000 per day soon.

“I expect that the daily death rate will double in the next 10 days,” Reiner says. “We’ll be seeing close to 4,000 deaths a day.”

There’s already been a massive increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations over the past few weeks, fueling the potential for spread – and death.

“Every day since November 3,” CNN reports, “more than 100,000 new infections have been reported. Every day for more than two weeks, climbing hospitalizations hit another national record. And every single day, hundreds of Americans die of the virus, with both Tuesday and Wednesday recording a daily death toll of more than 2,100 deaths.”

The CDC projects another 60,000 deaths in less than four weeks, 321,000 total coronavirus deaths by December 19.

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