Updated: Sep 25, 2019
For the last three years, I have shopped at Wal-Mart almost exclusively. Save for a few trips to the health food store and some locally-sourced farm-fresh eggs, I have been pretty content to find everything I need at the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer.
You see, I'm a busy work-at-home, homeschool mom who likes to think I feed my family in a somewhat healthy way, and Wal-Mart has made that incredibly easy, and I've loved them for it.
I prefer organic, minimally-processed whole foods, and, when I can get it, hormone and/or antibiotic-free dairy and meat.
I've been a longtime proponent of small business, small-scale agriculture, and eating seasonally. However, I'm also a fan of capitalism and saving time. And, well, being able to hop over to Wal-Mart at any hour after a session at the gym that was so conveniently located next to my local store has been pretty nice, so between this and the awesome selection of healthier food options the store features, a loyal Wal-Mart customer I became.
In fact, before last month, as I dove into planning out content for my new blog, I imagined I'd spend a lot of time writing about how great the selection of healthy, natural foods at Wal-Mart is, how well they respond to consumer trends, and how much I appreciate that they're empowering people to actually be able to afford healthier options for their families.
And I certainly won't neglect to mention what a game-changer grocery pickup has been in my life.
All this changed this month, however, when Wal-Mart decided to fall in lockstep with the gun control agenda and take, in my humble opinion, idiotic steps to "prevent gun violence."
Look, the El Paso shooting shook our nation, as well it should have done. We are a nation of Wal-Mart and big box store shoppers and it hit close to home for me in more ways than one. It was a sick and heinous act, and there are a great many issues we can be addressing as American in the wake of it.
Disarming law-abiding Americans is not the answer.
Not only have I been a loyal and near-exclusive Wal-Mart shopper, but I also lost a very dear friend to gun violence when I was 21 (he was mistaken for a member of MS-13's rival gang, I'm told).
When I think of situations in which I may be more vulnerable to an attack like a mass shooting, Wal-Mart was always the first place that came to mind. I ran countless drills in my head while I shopped as to how I could run, hide, and fight were the unthinkable to happen.
Here's the thing: it would be my last resort, but I refuse to be ill-equipped to fight, should the time come.
This is why, nearly every time I have entered my local Wal-Mart, where I was so loyal a customer, I was always armed with my concealed carry weapon.
On the rare occasion that I wasn't armed, I felt naked and vulnerable.
So, it may not come as a surprise that I feel quite strongly about guns and gun control, and nothing infuriates me more than gun policies, whether from a private business or the government, that have nothing to do with the heinous gun crimes they are supposedly in reaction to.
The El Paso shooting did not happen because of open carry. The El Paso shooting did not happen because Wal-Mart sells certain kinds of ammunition. The El Paso shooting happened because an incredibly disturbed individual who adheres to the tragically under-discussed "eco-fascist" persuasion thought he could do his part to save the planet by mowing down a few dozen Hispanic shoppers in a border town.
Why on earth is Wal-Mart punishing its own law-abiding customers for this, when its own retail choices aren't remotely linked to the shooting?
Let me be clear: I am a believer in property rights, and I maintain that Wal-Mart has every right to ask their customers not to open carry in their stores and to chose what goods they will sell, but their new policies pretty loudly express how little they know, or frankly care, about the truth of their own customers' gun rights and adherence to the law.
In all the years the retail giant has been bashed for killing small business or being a perfect example of megalithic corporate greed, they've demonstrated themselves to be just that; corporate shills in the pervasive plot to strip Americans of their Second Amendment rights.
Wal-Mart corporate doesn't care about ending gun violence anywhere near as much as they care about virtue signaling to an American corporate culture that is increasingly hostile to any views other than the most sterile political correctness, in which there is no room for the views of millions of Americans.
The beauty of the free market is, however, that I can, and will, take my money elsewhere.
Because all the well-priced healthy food, all the ease and convenience of grocery pickup and the amazing app, all the time-saving I do getting all my groceries in one place, means absolutely nothing to me compared to the safety of me and my family.
In the words of Sam Walton himself, "There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company from the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else."
I don't know about you, but I'm firing Wal-Mart.