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Highland Park Activists End Shopping Boycott at Target

Highland Park residents (from left to right): Marcia Balonick, executive director of JACPAC, Linda Ruder and Kathy Emanuel, end their shopping boycott of Highland Park’s Target store following the company’s announcement it will no longer allow open c
Highland Park residents (from left to right): Marcia Balonick, executive director of JACPAC, Linda Ruder and Kathy Emanuel, end their shopping boycott of Highland Park’s Target store following the company’s announcement it will no longer allow open c

Join Action Committee for Political Affairs (JACPAC) applauds Target’s decision on Wednesday to “request that guests not bring firearms to Target – even in communities where it is permitted by law.” After a local and national boycott of the store for the past month, JAC members shopped today at Highland Park’s Target store at 2099 Skokie Valley Rd.


“Gun violence is becoming too common across our country,” said Highland Park resident and JACPAC executive director Marcia Balonick. “Even though Illinois does not permit people to openly carry guns, we felt it was important to pressure the company to ban this practice in its other stores.”


According to the Center for American Progress, 33,000 Americans are killed with guns each year and by next year gun deaths among young people will outnumber fatalities from card accidents. There have already been 74 school shootings since the Sandy Hook tragedy.


“Openly visible guns have no place in stores that attract families with kids,” said Balonick.  “There is no reason to bring a gun into a store while you are shopping for toilet paper, cleaning supplies and children’s clothes. Our country is quickly turning into the Wild West.”


JACPAC is a bipartisan national group based in Highland Park that promotes the United States-Israel relationship, reproductive freedom, separation of religion and state, and social policies in keeping with the core values of the American Jewish community.  JACPAC has also joined forces with gun groups across the country in a national campaign to end gun violence. 


“Target’s decision shows the power of action and the strength of our voices,” Balonick said.  “They read our member’s emails and petitions and they listened to our phone-calls.  Our message was simple: we will shop in your store when you change your policy.”


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While this is a victory, she said, our fight continues. More lenient gun laws are being passed at an alarming rate in state legislatures across the country and   Congress continues to struggle to pass an universal background check on potential gun owners. 



Walter White July 07, 2014 at 02:58 PM
And this wasn't a fake boycott either, like the one started by the Lying Coward of Round Lake.
Running55 July 07, 2014 at 03:03 PM
Dan Cox can offset this unboycott by 1 person all by himself...good for him.
Dan Cox July 08, 2014 at 10:43 PM
I Conceal Carried Two Fully Loaded Guns into Target today and do it on a regular basis... there is no Law against it. The Non-sense about the company preferring that guns not be carried is not a reason to not protect yourself... The Two Gun Plumber, will "Carry On"!
Donna Smith July 08, 2014 at 10:50 PM
So much for a DCFZ today.
Running55 July 08, 2014 at 10:57 PM
No kidding. Even if irresponsible Dan carries loaded weapons everywhere he goes (or lies about it like everything else) you can keep your family safe by boycotting his plumbing company. As you can see he can't shop in only places that welcome guns. His boycott and list were just more lies.

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