Liberty Counsel President Says She'll Bring A Gun Into Target's Bathroom

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.


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:

A day later, she suggested she never visited a public restroom unarmed.

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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