Two years ago, Starbucks inadvertently became a battleground for the open carry debate. A group of Californian proponents of the open carry movement started meeting in an area Starbucks. The Brady Campaign reacted by circulating a petition to declare all Starbucks nationwide to be “Gun Free Zones.” The petition gathered 28,000 signatures. Even though it was in the company’s power to ban guns from their stores, Starbucks issued an official statement that their corporate policy was to follow all laws regarding a person’s right to carry.
While we deeply respect the views of all our customers, Starbucks’ long-standing approach to this issue remains unchanged. We comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve. In this case, 43 of the 50 U.S. states have open carry weapon laws. Where these laws don’t exist, we comply with laws that prohibit the open carrying of weapons. The political, policy, and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores.
Currently, there is a movement started by the National Gun Victim’s Action Council (NGVAC), to boycott the coffee chain on February 14, 2012. The National Gun Victim’s Action Council is a non-profit group of gun victims, faith-based, and secular organization to use their buying power to pass “sane gun laws.” They believe that open and concealed carry laws cause gun violence. The NGVAC says that they predict the boycott will reduce Starbucks’ stock by a significant amount on that day.
A counter to the NGVAC boycott is a BUYcott that is quickly circulating the pro-gun blogosphere. Supporters are calling the event “Starbucks Appreciation Day.” Gun bloggers started the original BUYcott two years ago, and it has enjoyed great success. We are encouraging gun owners to buy coffee that day at your local Starbucks. If you can legally, carry your gun. Some gun bloggers are asking us to pay with a two-dollar bill to symbolize the support in our Second Amendment rights. Further, tell Starbucks “thank you” for their stance by abiding by local laws.
So far, the Starbucks Appreciation Day event’s Facebook page has over 9,000 gun rights supporters attending, while NGVAC’s Facebook page has only 167 likes.
Let us show Starbucks that gun owners’ buying power trumps the anti-gunners and buy purchase coffee from Starbucks on February 14, 2012. Spread the word! You can “join” Starbucks Appreciation Day on the Facebook page dedicated to the event.
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