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.
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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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.
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!
IF We NORMAL Americans do not start standing up to this crap, we will lose.
5% of the country is dictating the counties agenda.
Looks like Starbucks will be selling a lot more coffee to the common sense crowd on the 24th.
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!
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
We still (so Far) have the Right to bear Arms....
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