I have only one question for this guy: WHAT IS YOUR F***ING POINT?
You own a gun? Big deal.
You’re a moron? That’s obvious.
You have a teensy little package? That’s your wife’s business, not ours.
Seriously, folks – this is asinine by any measure. The pictured knuckle dragger is in a Starbucks, the company currently taking some “heat” from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The group’s founder, Shannon Watts, and head of the organization’s Seattle chapter, Kate Beck, recently wrote in a CNN opinion piece:
“…Starbucks lauds itself as a company committed to operating responsibly and ethically, and many of its policies reflect a strong corporate conscience. But when it comes to responsible gun policy, Starbucks has lost its moral compass.
Starbucks refuses to ban loaded guns from its coffee shops in the 43 states that allow people to openly carry loaded weapons.
As mothers, we wonder why the company is willing to put children and families in so much danger. Nobody needs to be armed to get a cup of coffee. And that’s why thousands of moms across the nation are asking Starbucks to put the safety of its customers first.
We’ve started a petition asking Starbucks to ban guns from its stores. In response, Starbucks has referred concerned moms to a statement on its website, a statement last updated in March 2010, about 90,000 American gun deaths ago.”
This is the statement on Starbucks’ website:
Mar 03, 2010
Starbucks Position on Open Carry Gun Laws (updated March 16, 2010)
We recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding the issue of open carry weapons laws. Advocacy groups from both sides of this issue have chosen to use Starbucks as a way to draw attention to their positions.
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. That means 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. The political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores.
At the same time, we have a security protocol for any threatening situation that might occur in our stores. Partners are trained to call law enforcement as situations arise. We will continuously review our procedures to ensure the highest safety guidelines are in place and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement.
We have examined this issue through the lens of partner (employee) and customer safety. Were we to adopt a policy different from local laws allowing open carry, we would be forced to require our partners to ask law abiding customers to leave our stores, putting our partners in an unfair and potentially unsafe position.
As the public debate continues, we are asking all interested parties to refrain from putting Starbucks or our partners into the middle of this divisive issue. As a company, we are extremely sensitive to the issue of gun violence in our society. Our Starbucks family knows all too well the dangers that exist when guns are used irresponsibly and illegally. Without minimizing this unfortunate reality, we believe that supporting local laws is the right way for us to ensure a safe environment for both partners and customers.
Stacey Krum, 206-318-7100
Let’s address a few of the company’s points:
“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. That means we abide by the laws that permit open carry in 43 U.S. states.”
Unless it’s where their own safety is concerned, as Huff Post Business reported in 2010:
“There won’t be any guns carried by the shareholders attending today’s annual meeting of the Starbucks Coffee Company… It’s not allowed. Guns aren’t allowed in the company’s corporate headquarters, either. And employees in its more than 8,000 company-owned stores aren’t allowed to bring guns to work.”
Isn’t that funny… Starbucks’ headquarters is located in Seattle, Washington; one of those “open carry states” where the company claims it simply follows the law.
“…we have a security protocol for any threatening situation that might occur in our stores. Partners are trained to call law enforcement as situations arise.”
Newsflash: If that guy’s there to kill people, your poor “partners” will never finish dialing 911.
“As the public debate continues, we are asking all interested parties to refrain from putting Starbucks or our partners into the middle of this divisive issue.”
Seeing as how Starbucks has put their customers literally in the crosshairs of this “debate”, and their policy most likely won’t change until one of their gun toting latte drinkers kills some customers, or employees, or both, I second Mario Piperni’s statement:
“I refuse to walk into a Starbucks until they change their current policy of allowing guns into their shops.”
This gun nonsense is out of control thanks to Republican legislatures who tremble at the mere mention of the NRA. It’s time we stop letting these spineless inmates run the asylum.
Whether it be town, city, county, state, or federal elections – we must vote Teapublitarians out, and common sense back into government in 2014.