I’ve always been confused by Starbucks, the great American institution and symbol of yuppies and carefree consumerism.
This is the place where the smallest cup of coffee is called a “Tall.” Depending on what you order, you can easily spend two or three bucks for a cup.
In other words, it’s the sort of place with the kinds of products mocked by right-wing opponents of vegetarians, elitism and free-range chicken potpies. That's why I was surprised to learn that some gun-toting, Second Amendment-loving customers were sitting in Starbucks, sipping tea.
He mentions the controversy within the gun rights community of whether these open carry folks actually benefit the cause, but mainly the article is pointing out the incongruity of your typical gun owner and the Starbucks atmosphere.
It just seems weird to think of Starbucks being a hangout for urban cowboys and cowgirls. You’ve got to admit that it’s odd to think of someone who spent the last few hours cleaning his gun standing in line so he can say, “I'd like a decaf grande cappuccino, with a biscotti on the side.”
Being a fan of legend, I hope he’ll add something from the tough cowboys of the Old West like, “And barista, you make that soy instead of milk ... or else.”
What's your opinion? Aside from the humor, the article points out a serious concern.
In many states, people who carry their guns openly don't need a permit or any sort of training. That’s right. No gun safety training at all. In other words, if you happen to be sitting next to someone who is wearing a gun while he spoons the whipped cream from his drink, you might want to move to another table.
Do you think this might be a place where gun laws are too lax? Not only do the States that allow open carry not require any training, more and more states are allowing "shall issue" concealed carry licenses. Doesn't this ensure that some people who should be disqualified are passing as law abiding? Is the ratio so great in favor of the truly responsible that this is just a price we must pay for freedom? It doesn't seem right to me.
What do you think? Please leave a comment.