I don't think I've ever had a cup of Starbucks coffee in my whole life. That's about to change.
On the 14th of February the anti-gun group Gun Victims Action Council (no linky for anti's) is going to stage a protest against their favorite vendor of overpriced over-cooked caffeinated beverages. The schadenfreude in that action alone is enough to trigger the gigglebox, but the reason why really kicks it over.
You see, Starbucks chooses to honor local laws regarding gun control, concealed carry and the like rather than have a set corporate policy for all of its locations. Since most of the patchouli smelling hemp shirt wearers are anti-gun for us menial plebes, that annoys them somewhat.
As is our wont, we on the pro Second Amendment side are having our own sort of protest. A buy-cott. Our plan is for Starbucks to see an economic advantage in supporting the individual state laws regarding firearms rather than have a corporate anti-gun policy. They don't have to be pro-gun, neutral is enough for us.
I submitted a comment to Starbucks corporate headquarters on their website and got a reply that I'd like to share here.
To: Starbucks Coffee Company, Public Relations
SUBJ: Corporate social responsibility
I have never been into a Starbucks before, nor have I ever bought any
Starbucks products, but I will be stopping into my local store on the
14th of February to show my appreciation for your support of the law.
Thank you for
supporting the individual laws of each state.
SUBJ: Thank you for contacting Starbucks.
Thank you for your feedback regarding Starbucks' policy
on open carry laws. I am truly happy to hear that you support and
appreciate our gun policy!
At Starbucks, we deeply respect the views of our
customers and recognize that there is significant and genuine passion
surrounding the issue of open carry weapons laws. We comply with local
laws and statutes in the communities we serve. Our long-standing
approach to this issue remains unchanged and we abide by the laws that
permit open carry in 43 U.S. states. Where these laws don't exist,
openly carrying weapons in our stores is prohibited.
As the public debate around this issue continues, we
encourage customers and advocacy groups from both sides to share their
input with their public officials. We are extremely sensitive to the
issue of gun violence in our society and believe that supporting local
laws is the right way for us to ensure a safe environment for both
partners and customers. (emphasis added)
Hope to see you in our stores on February 14th! Thanks again for your support and have a beautiful day!
If you have any further questions or concerns that I was unable to address, please feel free to let me know.
Starbucks Coffee Company