Criminals have just been given the green light at hundreds of Levi’s stores across America after the CEO declared them gun-free zones.
Chip Bergh made the decision after a single incident involving a customer who injured themselves when their gun accidentally went off inside a store. To “clarify” the company’s policy, Bergh released a statement:
As a former army officer, a father and business leader, I’ve heard the arguments from all sides. And, as CEO of a 163-year-old company whose products and presence rest at the intersection of culture and community in more than 110 countries around the world, I feel a tremendous responsibility to share our position on the issue, now, at a time when clarity is paramount.
Providing a safe environment to work and shop is a top priority for us at Levi Strauss & Co. That imperative is quickly challenged, however, when a weapon is carried into one of our stores. Recently, we had an incident in one of our stores where a gun inadvertently went off, injuring the customer who was carrying it.
So, while we understand the heartfelt and strongly-held opinions on both sides of the gun debate, it is with the safety and security of our employees and customers in mind that we respectfully ask people not to bring firearms into our stores, offices or facilities, even in states where it’s permitted by law. Of course, authorized members of law enforcement are an exception.
That’s quite a hair-trigger reaction because surely that’s the first incident of its kind in the company’s 160+ years and it must be true that there have been multiple robberies with so many stores nationwide. Declaring all stores gun-free is an open invitation to criminals who’ve never proven themselves rule followers.
However, Bergh insists it's “a request not a mandate”:
We operate in hundreds of stores across every state in the U.S., and laws are different in each one. We know that the presence of firearms in our stores creates an unsettling environment for many of our employees and customers. We also know that trying to enforce a ban could potentially undermine the purpose of the ban itself: safety. With that in mind we’ve made this decision as a business – a request not a mandate – and we sincerely hope responsible gun owners will respect our position.
It’s hard to have respect for a company that endangers the safety and security of its employees and customers by leaving them sitting ducks in cases of robbery or hostage situations. And sure, responsible gun owners do follow the rules required of them, but they know that part of being responsible is keeping themselves and others safe.
“It boils down to this,” Bergh wrote in conclusion, “you shouldn’t have to be concerned about your safety while shopping for clothes or trying on a pair of jeans. Simply put, firearms don't belong in either of those settings. In the end, I believe we have an obligation to our employees and customers to ensure a safe environment and keeping firearms out of our stores and offices will get us one step closer to achieving that reality.”
The “reality” is, you can’t keep your employees and customers safe if you’ve taken away their defense. Now they’re just one step closer to becoming victims.
H/T PJ Media