Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Don't buy from Starbucks

Starbucks Seeks to Keep Guns Out of Its Coffee Shops (New York Times)

I understand the owner's fatigue with the issue.  Even those of us who are very adamant in our positions are tired of it and wish we could just be done with it--provided it's settled in our favor, naturally.  That doesn't excuse making lawful firearms owners unwelcome, though.

The CE's statement really bothers me:
“I’ve spent a significant amount of personal time on this issue in the last several months and I’ve seen the emotionally charged nature of this issue and how polarizing it is on both sides,” Howard Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks, said in a telephone interview. “Nevertheless, customers in many stores have been jarred and fairly uncomfortable to see guns in our stores, not understanding the issue and feeling that guns should not be part of the Starbucks experience, especially when small kids are around.” 
Children and adults shouldn't be uncomfortable with the exercise of the 2nd amendment.  In fact, they should be comforted that the bad guys would look at all those lawful guns and find somewhere else to engage in criminal activity.  My child has already been taught safe handling and shooting techniques and is looking forward to her first range trip once I feel she'll be able to handle recoil.  Guns don't make her uncomfortable.  She's glad good people are willing to defend her from the bad guys.  Starbucks contributing to the fear of lawful firearms ownership upsets me deeply.

Even though they say that they won't refuse you service, if you're a CCW holder and you go in and are asked to leave, you're trespassing.  That's a misdemeanor.  It could cost you your CCW permit.  Why risk it?  Plenty of coffee shops will welcome people who are willing to put their own lives on the line to defend themselves or others.

Starbucks doesn't need the hassle of your business or your presence, so if you support gun rights, find a new place for your morning java.

A final note is that if you are an open carry advocate, part of making it clear that lawful gun ownership is nothing to be scared of is being polite and respectful.  Never be belligerent in your attitude.  Although I don't like the attitude from Starbucks, I also see their point and recognize some of it was caused by overly pushy advocates who mean well, but present their case in a hostile manner.  For more on that aspect of the situation, please read Starbucks and guns.

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