Group calls to boycott Starbucks over gun policy

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Starbucks’ “Pro-Gun” Policy Prompts Gun Victims’ Advocate Group to Launch Nationwide Boycott on Valentine’s Day 2012
PR Newswire: A nationwide boycott of Starbucks stores and its products will be launched on Valentine’s Day 2012. Its goal is to eliminate the risk of guns in public places and ultimately to bring sane gun laws to the U.S.
This boycott is being called by the National Gun Victim’s Action Council (NGAC), a network of 14 million gun victims, the faith community including the: Episcopal Peace Fellowship, United Church of Christ, Fellowship of Reconciliation , secular groups working to reduce gun violence and many of the organizations that support passing sane gun laws.
WHY STARBUCKS?  Currently, Starbucks allows guns and assault weapons to be openly carried in its stores (in 43 states) and concealed and carried in its stores (in 49 states). Starbucks’ compliance with the National Rifle Association’s Pro-Gun Agenda was exposed in 2010 when members of the “open carry” movement began meeting in popular chains, such as California Pizza Kitchen, Peets, IKEA, Disney and Starbucks openly carrying their handguns and assault rifles.
To protect their customers and employees, all of the retail chains—except for Starbucks— banned guns from being carried in their stores.
Starbucks allowing guns to be carried in thousands of their stores significantly increases everyone’s risk of being a victim of gun violence,” says Elliot Fineman, CEO of the NGAC. “Open and conceal and carry are among the reasons there are 12,000 gun homicides each year in the U.S.  If we had England’s gun laws we would expect 375 gun homicides each year—97% less than we have. England’s gun laws are based on protecting public safety, ours on maximizing sales for the gun industry.”  (No link provided for these statistics.)
Starbucks has the legal right to ban guns (which also means they have the legal right not to) but despite having been petitioned by thousands, asked at a shareholder meeting, and a direct appeal made to their Board, Starbucks clings to this policy that puts millions of Americans at risk every day and encourages the spread of guns being carried in public.
According to NGAC, the boycott will end when Starbucks rejects the NRA’s Pro-Gun agenda by banning all guns from their stores and committing to be an Aggressive Corporate Advocate for sane gun laws.
Apparently this organization has a problem with the Second Amendment!
I really wish they would have provided a link to the statistics they cite about gun deaths.  Instead, they issue a press release with inflammatory words, “sane gun laws”, “pro-gun agenda”, “spread of guns being carried”, “at risk every day”, blah, blah, blah.  Like a criminal is going to follow the rules of the law anyway.
Never have I felt more safe when I’m in eastern Washington and see plenty of people carrying.  A criminal will most likely think twice about robbing a store or a person if they see multiple guns being carried by people in public, on a holster.  And that’s what I call sane and your right under the Second Amendment.

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0 responses to “Group calls to boycott Starbucks over gun policy

  1. some americans would be scared of a boyscout with a stick, everyone should carry a weapon lots safer that way

  2. Considering the level of popularity of Starbucks, this ought to be interesting to see how much in actuality, it gets boycotted.
    I’m with you DCG… Never do I feel safer, than when I am out and about and see several people carrying.
    The boycotters don’t have any sense whatsoever – the stats prove otherwise to areas that allow, to those that don’t, and the level of ‘vicims’… honestly.

  3. I’m not a fan of Sarbucks but I do believe I will be making a purchase at my local one on Valentines Day.

  4. Never heard of a Starbucks being robbed, for some reason… I suppose they want to change that too.

  5. Its is embarrassing to see how CLUELESS liberals like this are. Lets use this as an example of how S TUPID this is.
    A bad guy WITHOUT an CHL is walking into a Starbucks to rob or harm customers and WAIT! DARN! THEY HAVE SIGN UP! I cant bring my gun in here! DARN~! LOL! See my point. Do you honestly think that’s going to stop the guy!?
    How about a multiple choice question LIBERALS? A would be robber is wanting to hold up a coffee shop, one coffee shop allows open carry and one doesn’t, which coffee shop do you think the robber is going to rob? LOL! My money is on the the robber robbing the coffee shop HE KNOWS NO ONE IS ARMED IN! GET IT!? That’s the point of citizens being able to carry because if someone if planning on harming someone they will find a a way to do it and a SIGN sure as he11 WONT STOP THE GUY YOU IDIOTS!

  6. You know I do not get this? It is like they are taking away a man’s rights to be a man. Does that make sense? Let me go at it like this, being in a farming/ranching community, meaning lots of open space, we have a gun in every vehicle. When I was in high school, a lot of the guys would go hunting before school started and then just throw the rifles back in their p/ups for after school. These are not the kids that feel the need to shoot somebody.
    IN MY OWN OPINION, I think there would be far less killings if we would teach our boys to be boys. Meaning, that boys who are allowed around guns, and who have been hunting actually really understand what a gun can do. They have respect for the weapon. I think there comes a time in a man’s life that they need this kind of ritual, so to speak. Many different cultures used hunting as a rite of passage into manhood. It was used to gain respect as a man.
    The majority of men that use guns for violence are seeking to be respected as a MAN by someone else (Not always but the majority of times). A gang leader, themselves, peers that have caused them to feel worthless, etc. The criminals will still have access to illegal weapons. Are they going to start asking men to stop carrying pocket knives, next? I carry a pocket knife in my purse at all times and I have my own gun hidden in my car. What is the difference in this and my hubby putting me in a big SUV? Both are for added protection! And the government is trying to take both away…something smells pretty fishy!

  7. AS a firm believer in the second amendment I understand people who wear a side arm for protection. When I do wear mine I usually wear it under a jacket. If you are not allowed to cover yours wear in in a holster. BUT I think that people that carry around rifles, bolt action or semi auto are being show offs. They have esteem problems and think carrying a long gun make them look BIG. Most gun owners think these people look stupid carrying a long gun into a store or down the street. Why not just leave your long guns in the car, truck or at home and wear a side arm. The people that do not understand guns or are afraid of guns will only intensify their drive to stop all people from carrying all guns. If you have a long gun on you and a robber walks into a location where you are at, you will be the first person he will shoot. With a side arm he might not see it until it is to late and you have the drop on him. One last thing I will say,IF you want to carry a side arm in public PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!!!! Because if you miss your target and hurt or kill a bystander you are going to be in DEEP CACA!


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