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Gun rights group + Starbucks = free buzz
Want to get a little free publicity for your traditionally conservative cause (the right to openly carry guns in public places)? Target a big, well-known company that caters to so-called latte-sipping liberals (Starbucks).
That’s exactly what open-carry guns rights advocates in California are doing. It’s obviously working, or we in the media wouldn’t be writing about it.
OpenCarry.org, the group whose supporters started the flap by gathering with their guns in restaurants and cafes around Northern California, says it is ”a pro-gun Internet community focused on the right to openly carry properly holstered handguns in daily American life.” It continues, “a right unexercised is a right lost.”
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is circulating an online petition demanding that Starbucks prohibit guns in its stores. California Pizza Kitchen and Starbucks rival Peet’s Coffee & Tea have done so already. This is Starbucks’ response so far:
“For Starbucks, the safety of our customers and partners is our paramount concern. We have existing security protocols in place to handle situations related to safety in our stores. We will continue to adhere closely to local, state and federal laws and the counsel of law enforcement regarding this issue.”