Starbucks in Gun Activist Crossfire
Posted on Mar 3, 2010
Those aspiring screenwriters and novelists clogging up Starbucks may soon have more dramatic material from which to draw inspiration, as the coffee chain has become a reluctant battlefield in the culture wars. Gun enthusiasts and/or nuts have taken to arming themselves before overpaying for coffee.
Gun control advocates responded by pressuring the chain to ban guns across the board.
Starbucks would rather not have to deal with any of this, so the company has decided to stick to the law of the local land. If it’s legal to carry firearms in your town, lock and load up on caffeine. If not, leave the hand cannon at home.
That’s pretty much a straight-up cop-out, because Starbucks, like any private business, has the right to keep deadly weapons out of its stores. Even in Texas. —PZS
AP via Yahoo:
Coffee chain Starbucks Corp. is sticking to its policy of letting customers carry guns where it’s legal and said it does not want to be put in the middle of a larger gun-control debate.
The company’s statement, issued Wednesday, stems from a recent campaign by some gun owners, who have walked into Starbucks and other businesses to test state laws that allow gun owners to carry weapons openly in public places. Gun control advocates have protested.