Anita Staver's Gun Tweet Escalates the Target Boycott

April 26th 2016

Almie Rose

The response to Target's new policy allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice has escalated to the point of violent posturing.

Anita Staver, a self-described "constitutional attorney," inspired feelings of general bewilderment when she tweeted that she will be bringing a gun with her into public restrooms to act as her "bodyguard" — all in response Target's new bathroom policy.

About #Boycott Target

Staver, who is married to attorney Mat Staver — lawyer to Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples — jumped in on the #BoycottTarget hashtag, which is protesting the bathroom policy. Those who disagree with this policy have vowed to boycott the popular retail chain.

In Staver's own words, she is not boycotting Target because she is "afraid" of trans women, but because she wants "protection from the perverts who will use the law to gain access to women."

Not everyone understands Staver's thought process.

Twitter's response was characterized mostly by confusion:

Staver tried to clear up the confusion.

She followed up her original tweet with

Which, if intended to reassure anyone, had the opposite effect:

Concealed carry permit laws in Florida, under Section 12 A doesn't exactly cite carrying a gun into a department store's bathroom as illegal; Target sells alcohol, but not for "consumption on the premises":

(12)(a) A license issued under this section does not authorize any person to openly carry a handgun or carry a concealed weapon or firearm into:


12. Any portion of an establishment licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, which portion of the establishment is primarily devoted to such purpose;

But the real issue here is Staver's stance on basic human rights.

Sadly, she is not alone. Ted Cruz recently released an ad in which he accused transgender women of being "men pretending to be women" and stated that transgender women who use public women's restrooms are "not appropriate" and that letting them do so is just "PC nonsense."

It's ironic that Staver is worried about her personal safety around transgender women in a ladies restroom, considering that there have been zero incidents of transgender women ever attacking anyone in a public restroom and it's actually trans women whose personal safety is more at risk.

About "70% of trans people have reported being denied entrance, assaulted or harassed while trying to use a restroom" according to a 2013 Williams Institute report (via Mic).

ATTN: reached out to Anita Staver for comment and will update when she responds.