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Gun rights group + Starbucks = free buzz

February 12, 2010


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., 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.”

The response was applauded by OpenCarry, but also helped fuel traffic to the Brady Campaign petition, which the gun-control group said on Thursday had gathered more than 25,000 signatures.

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The comment here is 180-degree spin: it is the Brady Campaign that has targeted Starbucks, not the open carry movement. Proof of that can be seen in at least three press releases, two by the Brady Campaign and another (if not more) by Freedom States Alliance.

I’m surprised that the anonymous author of the assertion did so little research.

Posted by jfh | Report as abusive

Here’s how I see it.
When you can fit a police officer in my back pocket to make sure me and my family are safe, you can have my firearm.

This would not be a problem if the state would just allow those of us who are A. law abiding, and B very skilled in the use of the firearm, and C. very skilled with firearms safety, to carry concealed.

Posted by zotras | Report as abusive

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