You know what the big difference is between the Kroger and the Starbucks cases? It’s only one difference. And it was true with the other businesses that had caved.
No open carry rallies.
Yes the 2A community has been writing and giving encouragement to Kroger, but so far we haven’t had OC activists descending on their stores turning public opinion against them. Starbucks would have never made their statement if their parking lots weren’t turned in open carry rallies in a few – though extensively reported – places.
So please do write, call, blog, etc. in support of Kroger. That’s what they need to stay in the fight. However, let’s not put them in a position where they are forced to do something it appears they don’t want to do.
If you need a bit more incentive to keep a low profile, consider this. MDA cannot let this one pass very easily. Kroger has become too high profile for them to walk away without losing their credibility. From what I’ve seen of their current campaign, I’m sure they’re doing their best to try and incite OC activists to show up. That has been the key to MDA’s success in every case except Panera, and they were already supportive of the MDA position.
Panera’s statement came at the perfect time for MDA. Watts made the mistake of not walking away from Kroger when she had the chance to do so using Panera as cover. I don’t think she will make that mistake a second time if a new target presents itself.