Another day, another supposedly outraged customer upset by something they saw while shopping. This time around it’s Leslie Ruffing from Aurora, Illinois, who was upset by what she saw while visiting her local Hobby Lobby arts and crafts store; two metal signs. One of the signs featured two crossed pistols and the words “We Don’t Call 911”, while the other read “No Trespassing! Violators will be shot! Survivors will be shot again!”
This was all too much for the shopper.
Ruffing, who identifies as a “gun violence prevention advocate” on her Twitter account, tells Yahoo Lifestyle that she was “instantly filled with disgust and anger” when seeing the firearm paraphernalia. She believes that by selling the signs, Hobby Lobby, which does not sell firearms in its stores, is going beyond affirming second amendment rights by selling products that appear to “encourage” and “glorify” gun violence.
“This type of ‘shoot first, ask questions later’ mentality is incredibly dangerous to our society and leads to innocent people dying,” Ruffing says. “I’d like to know how they can justify putting profits over people at a time in our country where we are experiencing more mass shootings than days this year.”
Nobody is dying because they saw, or even bought, either of these signs, which are clearly jokes. I have no idea how old Leslie Ruffing is, but I have a hard time believing she’s never seen a variation of either of these signs before.
Ruffing says she talked to a manager and demanded that the corporate offices be made aware of her complaint. And then, of course, she took to social media to complain.