Anita Staver minced no words on the retailer’s pro-trans pledge.
A lawyer in the right-wing group that represented Kentucky clerk Kim Davis when she refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples last year is back with a new cause.
Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver sounded off on the ongoing “bathroom bill“ debate, joined the growing chorus of conservative voices calling for a boycott of Target after the retailer reaffirmed its pledge to allow transgender customers and employees to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
Staver didn’t exactly vow to boycott Target, however. Instead, she claimed she’ll be bringing her gun in case she needs to visit the restroom.
"I’m taking a Glock .45 to the ladies room. It identifies as my bodyguard. — Liberty Lawyer (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016"
Needless to say, the response to Staver’s tweet came fast and furious. “I am afraid of other cis women like you, not my trans sisters. Not one of them has openly threatened violence,” one person tweeted. Added another: “You’re driven by fear not faith.”
On April 25, Staver appeared to shrug off the criticism, and tweeted:
"The radicals go nuts when we mention self defense. Let’s give them something to talk about. — Liberty Lawyer (@AnitaStaver) April 25, 2016"
A day later, she suggested she never visited a public restroom unarmed.
"For the anti-gun folks freaking out about my #BoycottTarget tweet: I can’t remember the last time I was in a public restroom without a gun. — Liberty Lawyer (@AnitaStaver) April 26, 2016"
Staver is married to the Liberty Counsel’s Mathew Staver, who represented Davis after she defied the Supreme Court’s June 2015 ruling on marriage equality by denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples in Kentucky.
Anita Staver’s suggestion is hardly a laughing matter. But she may want to take Target’s no-guns policy, which requests that customers refrain from visiting stores while armed even in “open carry” localities, into consideration next time she goes shopping.
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