Grocery Chain Surrenders to David Hogg After He Stages ‘Die-Ins’ at Their Stores

Friday morning, David Hogg and a number of gun control activists staged “die-ins” at two Florida supermarkets over their support of pro-NRA politicians. By Friday afternoon, the supermarket chain caved to Hogg’s protests.

Publix had earned Hogg’s ire when it was revealed that they donated to Adam Putnam, a Republican gubernatorial candidate who supports the NRA.

The protests may not have affected Publix’s bottom line much, but the negative publicity was more than what they wanted to endure, so they announced that they were suspending all political donations, including to Putnam.

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The Daily Mail reports.

Survivors of the Parkland school shooting lay down in ‘die ins’ at two Publix supermarkets Friday to protest the chain’s support for a gubernatorial candidate aligned with the National Rifle Association, as the company announced a suspension of political contributions.

The students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shouted ‘USA, not NRA!’ and caused brief delays at the checkout as customers navigated carts around them on the floor. Pro-NRA counter-protesters also showed up at one store, and two men almost came to blows before police intervened.

‘A lot of people don’t support who Publix is supporting,’ said Haylee Shepherd, a 15-year-old sophomore at Stoneman Douglas, who joined 13 fellow protesters on the floor for about 10 minutes at one of the stores. ‘It’s going to reflect on them as a brand and people shopping there.’

Publix has been criticized by the students for supporting Agriculture Commissioner and gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam, a Republican who has called himself a ‘proud NRA sellout.’ The activists have called for a boycott of the supermarket.

Senior David Hogg, one of the most vocal student activists for gun reform and one of the founders of March for Our Lives, helped organize the protest. It came a week after 10 were killed at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, and the same day that authorities said an Indiana middle school student opened fire inside his science classroom, wounding a classmate and a teacher.

The student protesters lay on the ground for 12 minutes, which represented the number of mass shootings since the Pulse Nightclub shooting in June of 2016. Each held a sunflower representing the flowers that Parkland victim Joaquin Oliver had purchased at the Publix on Valentine’s Day just hours before he was killed.

At one point, a counter protester, Bill Caracofe, stuck his middle finger an inch from Hogg’s face outside the grocery store just a few miles from the school where 17 of Hogg’s classmates and teachers were gunned down.

Here are tweets from the protests posted by Hogg and several others.

The ACLU was there to help Hogg out.

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