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2 July 2014 Last updated at 16:04 ET

Target to customers: No guns in our stores please

US retail giant Target has asked customers not to bring guns into its stores, after Texas gun rights activists demonstrated in a Texas shop with rifles slung over their shoulders.

CEO John Mulligan said guns were at odds with its family atmosphere.

Many US states allow people to carry guns in some fashion, but businesses may ban them.

Gun control activists applauded the new rule, coming as many states loosen laws restricting the carrying of firearms.

"[We] respectfully request that guests not bring firearms to Target - even in communities where it is permitted by law," Target CEO John Mulligan wrote in a statement on the company's corporate blog.

"We've listened carefully to the nuances of this debate and respect the protected rights of everyone involved," he added. "Our approach has always been to follow local laws, and of course, we will continue to do so.


"Bringing firearms to Target creates an environment that is at odds with the family-friendly shopping and work experience we strive to create."

Target - which operates more than 1,700 stores in the US - now joins fellow large retail chains Starbucks and Chipotle in disallowing guns inside their establishments.

National advocacy group Moms Demand Action applauded the decision on Wednesday, noting it had gathered 400,000 signatures on a petition to persuade Target to ban guns.

"Moms everywhere were horrified to see images of people carrying loaded assault rifles down the same aisles where we shop for diapers and toys," Shannon Watts, the group's founder wrote in a statement.

"Target recognised that moms are a powerful customer base and political force - and you can respect the Second Amendment and the safety of customers at the same time."

Ms Watts was referring to a clause in the US constitution that gun rights activists say limits the government's authority to restrict firearms.

In mid-June, members of a group called Open Carry Texas demonstrated with rifles in a Dallas-area Target, garnering a rebuke from the National Rifle Association for their tactics.

US President Barack Obama has proposed several federal gun control measures in recent years - including tightening the background check system to make it harder for convicted criminals to buy guns - but Congress has declined to act under pressure from the powerful gun lobby.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday a Georgia law - known to detractors as the "Guns Everywhere law" - took effect that dramatically expands the locations in which people may carry guns in public. Those include pubs unless otherwise expressly banned by the proprietors, churches, unsecured areas of airports, and government buildings.

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Well their is a lot of anti-muslim hatred coming from western evangelical christians and Adventist, Baptist etc as this forum often displays. Hatred fuels violence. Infact the Bible puts hatred and murder in exactly the same category for good reason.

Do you hate the people of the United States?

Your words: "Baptist etc", "western evangelical christians", 
"Evangelical Christians voted".

So by your own standard you do not agree with these people so you must hate them?  It is very interesting that I met a young Adventist from Australia who gave the sermon at our church last Sabbath.  He met a young lady from our church and they were doing colporteur work both here in the USA and in Australia.  The testimony they gave was that of love,  of meeting wonderful people in both places.  Funny he didn't seem to mind those evil evangelicals, "Batist etc" he just shared with them.  

No I do not hate the US. Infact there is much about the US that I like very much like black american christian worship, the Amish, Muhamed Ali, JFK, economist Joseph Stiglitz and Obama to mention a few.  The US has lots of people who love nature and have gone to great length to preserve God's creation by helping to reduce toxic emissions, pollution and helping to switch to cleaner energy. 

Many Americans have made great sacrifices to make other peoples lives better. America helped to stop the nazi's and Japanese imperialism. Many Americans have made sacrifices in helping refugees and doing medical and mission work in war zones. So the answer is definitely no I do not hate the US. Much that I admire from your fine country.

Stiglitz has advised American president Barack Obama, but has also been sharply critical of the Obama Administration's financial-industry rescue plan.[23] Stiglitz said that whoever designed the Obama administration's bank rescue plan is "either in the pocket of the banks or they’re incompetent."


Do you have a rule in your country that your presidents must be native born Australians?  If not, I have a great deal for you.  After Obama finishes his final term, I think he should run for your president, prime minister, or whatever you have over there.  I would love to gift him to you, if he were willing. :)

We’ve frequently addressed the mounting evidence showing the deep ties between the Obama administration and the Muslim Brotherhood. In fact, just recently we reported on Mohammed Elibiary’s tweets about America being an Islamic country – he just happens to be an Obama administration advisor on Homeland Security with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

As par for the course, liberal progressives prefer to put their heads in the sand and dismiss the growing evidence – like this particular story, for instance.

According to the Gulf News, cooperation between the Obama administration and the Muslim Brotherhood has been going on for quite some time. In 2010 even before the “Arab Spring,” Obama personally issued Presidential Study Directive 11 (PSD-11) to assess the Muslim Brotherhood and other “political Islamist” movements, including the ruling AKP in Turkey. The report concluded the United States should shift from its longstanding policy of supporting “stability” in the Middle East and North Africa (in other words, supporting “stable regimes” even if they were authoritarian), to a policy of backing “moderate” Islamic political movements.”

Just go back and review the speeches Obama gave in 2009 to the Turkish General Assembly and at Cairo University in Egypt and you’ll get the sense that President Obama wasn’t taking the Islamist threat seriously – or at least didn’t think there was anything wrong with it.

Gulf News says, “to this day, PSD-11 remains classified, in part because it reveals an embarrassingly naïve and uninformed view of trends in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.”

If you need a little refresher about the Muslim Brotherhood’s ultimate goals – or still refuse to acknowledge it – take a quick read of their Explanatory Memorandum

According to Gulf News, “through an ongoing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit, thousands of pages of documentation of the US State Department’s dealings with the Muslim Brotherhood are in the process of being declassified and released to the public. US State Department documents obtained under the FOIA confirm that the Obama administration maintained frequent contact and ties with the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood. At one point, in April 2012, US officials arranged for the public relations director of the Libyan Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammad Gaair, to come to Washington to speak at a conference on “Islamists in Power” hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.”

Don’t you find it interesting that the Obama administration unilaterally made the decision to engage in military operations in Libya? And don’t give me the NATO line because the U.S. is NATO. President Obama violated the War Powers Act — something where Dennis Kucinich and I stood together — and committed U.S. military resources in support of Islamist militia. It was also the same Obama who praised the rise of Mohammed Morsi — formerly an imprisoned Muslim Brotherhood member — as the President of Egypt but did not recognize the more than 30 million Egyptians who took to the streets for the ouster of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. And the Obama administration is still wound up about Egypt cracking down on the Brotherhood, as Kerry’s spokesman clarified.

Gulf News reveals the contents of a State Department Cable classified “Confidential” report saying in April 2012, Mission Benghazi met with a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood steering committee to discuss the Muslim Brotherhood’s decision to form a political party as both an opportunity and an obligation in post-revolution Libya after years of operating underground.”

“Another State Department paper marked “Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU)” contained talking points for Deputy Secretary of State William Burns’ scheduled July 14, 2012 meeting with Mohammad Sawan, the Muslim Brotherhood leader who was also head of the Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party. The document is heavily redacted, but nevertheless provides clear indication of Washington’s sympathies for the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood as a major political force in the post-Gaddafi Libya.”

And just for coincidental posterity, the July 14 meeting was attended by both Secretary Burns and Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Barely two months later, Ambassador Stevens and three other American diplomats were dead.  


I guess its the liberal non Christians in the United States also. 

I agree, we should have let the Japanese completely take over Australia and make it a permanent Japanese territory.

Sure, if you look at the banner she is wearing it is the trappings of the Jihadist suicide bomber.

The American has an AR15 for self protection.

When the American straps bombs to herself get back with us. 

This one on the otherhand: American Woman Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS Jihadists

Aus propaganda. The film industry down under is backed by the Aus gov and turns out this junk..


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