A real handgun was found in the toy aisle of a Target store in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, last Friday.
Fortunately, a Target employee found the pistol on top of a Playskool toy box and no one was injured, reported WMBF (video below).
Yesterday, the Myrtle Beach Police Department released a picture of a possible male suspect who was reportedly walking up and down each toy aisle in the store. Today, police identified the last known owner of the handgun as Chavonne Tere Moore.
In response to the incident in South Carolina, Moms Demand Action, a gun control group, started a national campaign calling on Target to ban the open carry of guns in their stores.
To generate urgency, Moms Demand Action posted pictures on Facebook of members of the pro-gun group Open Carry Texas taking rifles into a Target in Dallas, Texas, noted Mother Jones.
The pictures had originally been posted by Open Carry Texas on their Facebook page back in March.
"Assault rifles and guns don't belong in the baby aisle, they don't belong in the toy aisle and they don't belong in any aisle of stores that American moms frequent like Target," Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, said yesterday. "It's time for Target, a store that American moms flock to, to follow the lead of Chipotle and Starbucks and prohibit the open carry of firearms.”
In response, C.J. Grisham, president of Open Carry Texas, suggested that "gun control extremists" may be behind the gun incident at the Target in South Carolina.
"Target is currently in the crosshairs of gun control extremists who will stoop to [no] level too low to effectuate their agenda," Grisham wrote in an email to The Huffington Post. "Our children are our most precious commodity and intentionally putting them in any kind of danger to exploit a personal agenda is deranged, sick and twisted."
Moms Demand Action responded to Grisham's statement: "The insinuation that an organization devoted to the prevention of gun violence would plant a loaded gun in the toy aisle of Target is utterly ridiculous. Moms Demand Action is solely focused on the safety and security of our families and communities. Only one organization has a history of bringing loaded guns into Target -- it's not us."
Sources: The Huffington Post, Mother Jones, WMBF