Yesterday, Starbucks posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
“Today Howard Schultz is respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring weapons into Starbucks stores, even where local laws allow.”
They also included a link for people to read more about why they are asking people not to bring guns. The outrage from self-described Constitutionalists was immediate and as usual, about as intelligent as a scurry of rabid squirrels. Here’s just a few great comments from their page, spelling and grammar errors left intact:
“Any company that makes a public statement asking me to give up my constitutional rights in order to do business with them has drastically underestimated how much value I place on my rights.”
“Starbucks, it’s over. I will comply with your “request” by not entering your store. Thanks anyway, but I will pay my money to a company that understands the Constitution of the United States.”
“You claimed to be “neutral” when it comes to my 2nd amendment rights, implementing the “local laws” however now that you request that I cannot uphold my right in your stores, you have just lost a valuable customer. I’m sure your business will not suffer, because all of your “mommy’s” will come back. However I am very disappointed in your choice to go against your word of “staying neutral.” Thank you, and nice doing business with you.”
“If you do not support gun rights please get the hell out of our military bases!”
“GOOD BYE STAR BUCKS!!! I AM DONE! NO MORE MEETING UP WITH FRIENDS AT YOUR SHOPS…
EVEN THOUGH I DON’T CARRY A GUN… I ALWAYS FELT SAFER KNOWING SOME GOOD PATRIOT WOULD STEP UP IF MY LIFE OR ONE OF MY LOVED ONE’S LIFE WAS ON THE LINE!!! WON’T LET A LOVED ONE WORK THERE NOW EITHER! …. YOU LOSE…”
“To your CEOs suggestion…NO THANK YOU, I will continue to bring my firearm in to Starbucks whether open carry or concealed, so that libtards continue to be scared of armed citizens.” “Well Starbucks Coffee just said they would not allow anyone to open or conceal carry a firearm in there stores anymore ,, SO SAY GOODBYE STARBUCKS !!! Your Coffee was over prices and not Very Good Anyway But my Rights are PRICELESS!!!!!”
“Stupid stuff today, Starbucks. Worst move you could have made. You piss off gun owners (many already pissed off that you made gay-ism a corporate value) and didn’t do enough to appease the few lefties that cried in their coffee. So you gain no support, and lose a lot of it.”
“I am really saddened by the news that Starbucks is not welcoming guests who carry firearms which is an infringement on 2nd Amendment rights. It also tells me that Starbucks management is willing to forfeit civil rights to protect their bottom line profits. So they really don’t care about people as much as they care about people’s money. I guess this means that local law enforcement personnel will have to go somewhere else for their beverages since they all carry firearms.”
“Just thought I would let you know as of this morning I bought my last coffee from Starbucks. If the 2nd ammendment means nothing to you and guns are not welcome in your stores then I will no longer support you. It was one thing when you denied the American Troops coffee but this goes too far!”
So what prompted this polite request (not a ban, although it’s obvious a bunch of people failed reading comprehension) by Starbucks? It seems that recently there was a “Starbucks Appreciation Day” event in which gun owners were carrying guns to local Starbucks (even in Newtown, CT) to show their support for the business since Starbucks allowed customers to openly carry weapons in states where it is legal.
“Starbucks is allowing us to lawfully carry firearms in their store. Recently, they have been the target of unjust attacks from certain groups that do not support our right to bear arms. We will thank starbucks for standing up for our right to bear arms by going there on Friday, August 9th.
We ask that if you choose to carry a firearm during this event that you follow all local, state, and national laws; and if you choose not to carry that you wear pro-gun rights apparel.”
In a nutshell, people from both sides of the gun debate were using Starbucks as a pawn in their fight – and Starbucks wanted to stay out of it. They simply and politely requested that their neutrality in this issue be respected and that people would stop bringing guns into their stores to make a political statement. They’re a privately owned business and 2nd Amendment rights do not apply on private property; but once again, it’s quite clear that too many gun nuts just don’t grasp what that amendment actually means or where it is applicable. I’m a supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but I don’t feel the need to strap on an AR-15 and take it down to the local coffee shop just to prove a point.
The internet is already clogged with articles from a bunch of news channels, many of them falsely claiming that this is a ban. Again, let me make this clear: Starbucks does not want their businesses being used to hold gun rallies, they want to sell coffee. They do not want a bunch of people standing around with guns in their store simply because they can, and that is their right as a business to say so. If these gun nuts are really that upset and actually take their business to local coffee shops, that’s a win-win for everyone.