Response to the Brady appeals has been positive in some cases. Starbucks however had this to say.
Welcome to the open carry movement, an effort by “gun rights” extremists to foist their interpretation of the Second Amendment on the rest of us by openly carrying handguns in public places. While virtually all states have at least some minimal restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons, few states do anything to regulate the “open carry” of firearms.
Particularly in the Bay Area in Northern California, “open carry” adherents have been gathering in Starbucks and other coffee shops and restaurants – their semi-automatic pistols and revolvers in plain view – apparently to make an ideological statement.
“Starbucks does not have a corporate policy regarding customers and weapons; we defer to federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding this issue.”
The article likens this response to a full endorsement of gun owners doing what they like. I wondered if it could have been an attempt on the part of the famous coffee and refreshment chain to straddle the fence, to avoid taking sides. Whatever their public statement meant, it's about to get clearer.
So, Starbucks, what will it be? Like Peets Tea & Coffee, will you do the socially responsible thing and stand up for the rights of families and children to be free from guns when they visit your coffee shops?
Or will you take the chance that there will be more than just shots of espresso being served up in your stores?
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What do you think Starbucks will do? Do you think this will pressure Starbucks to either strengthen their statement or "do the right thing" as they say?
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