Based on the all-knowing Wikipedia " A consumers' co-operative is an enterprise owned by consumers and managed democratically which aims at fulfilling the needs and aspirations of their members. "I think it's time for Mr. Artz to either remove co-op from the name, or remove himself. If a person is afraid to go out - no one is forcing them to go into an REI store. BUT - for those of us (probably a large majority at this point) who are not afraid and know how to act responsibly - we are being forced to stay out of OUR stores.