Gun control group: Skip Starbucks on Saturday

The coffee chain is becoming a focus point for all sides of the debate amid calls for a nationwide boycott this weekend.

By Kim Peterson Aug 22, 2013 12:30PM
A Starbucks sign. Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesStarbucks (SBUX) is once again being pulled into the nation's gun control debate as groups on both sides turn up the heat on the chain.

It's an uncomfortable position for Starbucks, which says it takes a neutral position on gun control. The company generally allows customers to carry loaded guns into its stores where state law permits.

That policy is not sitting well with some gun control advocates, and one group is organizing a "Skip Starbucks Saturday" this weekend and urging people to avoid the chain's stores on Aug. 24.

"Guns in places like Starbucks is intimidating and an unnecessary risk to our children and families," said Kim Russell, the national outreach director for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. "We are asking Starbucks to exercise its right to adopt a gun-free policy in its stores."

The group is gathering signatures for a petition asking Starbucks to ban guns and plans to deliver the document to the company's headquarters in Seattle.

The movement is drawing criticism from gun rights advocates, some of whom say they will patronize Starbucks on Saturday to counter any impact from the boycott. "Guess I'll be going to Starbucks twice on Saturday!" one Twitter user said.

Gun rights activists have praised the chain for its policy and organized a Starbucks appreciation day earlier this month to thank the chain. Things got a little awkward when some activists reportedly decided to convene at a Starbucks location in Newtown, Conn., prompting the company to close the store early.

"We recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding this topic, however out of respect for Newtown and everything the community has been through we decided to close our store early before the event started," one of the company's executives, Chris Carr, said.

As for Saturday's boycott, the company says it doesn't want its stores to be "staging grounds" for either side. "Our longstanding stance has been to comply with local laws in the communities we serve," spokesman Zack Hutson told USA Today. "We believe gun violence is a serious issue and something our elected officials should address."

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1041Comments
Aug 22, 2013 1:11PM
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I think I'll go to Starbucks on Saturday!
Aug 22, 2013 1:09PM
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How would a "gun in a place like Starbucks" be intimidating ?  If an individual has a concealed carry permit, the firearm has to be CONCEALED.  No one would ever know one way or the other if a person is carrying. 
Aug 22, 2013 1:08PM
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Pretty sure carrying a gun as an innocent civilian into a Starbucks will in no way harm a child, family member, or employee.

 

Any idiot should know it's the person, not the gun. Banning guns inside establishments will not stop crazy people that want to shoot you while you order your latte from doing so.

 

Criminals that shoot innocent people are not concerned with the law. This is stupid.

Aug 22, 2013 1:09PM
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Kim Russell is a unnecessary risk to the safety of all American Families.

I have a God given right to defend myself and my family.

I have a Constitutional Right to bear arms.

Don't infringe on either of those rights!

Aug 22, 2013 1:12PM
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O.K. gun control freaks can stay out of Starbucks on Saturday. Now let's all people who believe in the 2nd amendment go to Starbucks in support of Freedom in America.
Aug 22, 2013 1:14PM
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IF We NORMAL Americans do not start standing up to this crap, we will lose.

 

5% of the country is dictating the counties agenda.

 

 

Aug 22, 2013 1:08PM
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kim needs to get a life. what a bitch. she doesn't want to protect her kids fine. just don't prevent me from protecting mine
Aug 22, 2013 1:12PM
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I have never been in a Starbucks , that will change on Saturday.
Aug 22, 2013 1:10PM
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Give up my Starbucks?  No more than I will give up my gun!
Aug 22, 2013 1:15PM
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Looks like I will be taking the entire family to Starbucks on Saturday for multiple cups !!!
Aug 22, 2013 1:18PM
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Even if I end up throwing nine cups of coffee away, I plan to go to Starbucks on Saturday morning and order ten large cups of coffee!!  The stance that Starbucks is taking on this issue is to be commended, and respected.
Aug 22, 2013 1:15PM
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Looks like Starbucks will be selling a lot more coffee to the common sense crowd on the 24th.

Aug 22, 2013 1:11PM
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I go to Starbucks every Saturday and have a tall, coffee and one refill.  This Saturday, it will be a Grande, or maybe one of their expensive foo foo coffees!

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Yeah put a sign on the front door that says "No Guns Allowed" and see what happens next.  Criminals will know you don't have any guns and guess what will follow.  That's right....you guessed it.
Aug 22, 2013 1:11PM
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"allows customers to carry loaded guns into its stores where state law permits."

I'm pretty sure that is the case everywhere.  a concealed weapon is concealed.  That is the point of a concealed weapon permit. People are making a big deal out of nothing. GEE Wees
Aug 22, 2013 1:09PM
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This is stupid, they're just trying to comply with state laws. If you don't want your state to have permits that allow people to carry guns then call your Representatives.
Aug 22, 2013 1:16PM
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Looks like I'll be going to Starbucks this Saturday.
Aug 22, 2013 1:17PM
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I say we all make 3x the trips to starbucks this Saturday to show support for them. 
Aug 22, 2013 1:12PM
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as well they should allow people who legally obtain a firearms permit  to enter the store.
We still (so Far) have the Right to bear Arms....

Aug 22, 2013 1:17PM
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I'll order doulble from Starbucks on Saturday.
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