Earlier this week the National Gun Victims Action Council, based out of Chicago Illinois released a statement asking to boycott Starbucks on Feb 14th 2012. I do not usually pander to the far leaning anti-gun lobby, but something about this whole crusade bothered me.
First, let’s look at the facts. Starbucks landed in the middle of a political mess in January 30, 2010 when two other bay area chains had refused service to people that were following California law and openly carrying unloaded handguns. The group from opencarry.org moved on to another coffee house in the area, which happened to be Starbucks. When the media got wind of this, they quickly turned it into a heated political debate. CEO Howard Shultz was in the middle of a debate, that he really had no intention of being in. What happened next, shocked just about everyone around the county, when Starbucks decided that they would follow state law where the store was located. So if you are allowed to open carry in your state, Starbucks wasn’t going to stop you from coming in their store.
To the dismay of the anti-gun groups, people were now allowed to carry a handgun into Starbucks, and would not be challenged by the staff there. There have been numerous letters, appeals and Starbucks refuses to budge on this subject. They are private company, and should not be forced into what others think they should do. Why do we as a nation still feel the need to make property owners do what we want, and business owners bow to us? Starbucks profits are up 10% last quarter again, so obviously they are doing something right. If you don’t like their policy on something, easy enough, don’t patronize their store. There are plenty of stores I no longer patronize because I don’t like their policy on something. That doesn’t mean that I will get national groups to pressure them and then boycott them when they don’t comply with my request. I am free to take my money where I want, and so is everyone else out there. I am sure that there is not a lack of coffee shops that someone can patronize if they don’t like Starbucks policies.
The rhetoric is also being piled on high for this one. National Gun Victims Action Council claims to represent 40million people all over the county. Only 99, at last count, of those 40million people have cared enough about the movememt to like them on facebook. That math works out to 0.0000025% of their membership, or right around 1 in 400,000 that felt the need to hit the like button. There are also a number of false claims they make, such as the picture of the FiveseveN with a caption of “Capable of penetrating a cop’s vest.” This is a lie, and they know it. The only way that a FiveseveN is going to penetrate a soft armor vest is with armor piercing rounds, which I might add are illegal in the US. They claim that just by being in a state that allows concealed carry or open carry that you are at risk. They claim that a glock is to blame for shooting 31 rounds in 15 seconds, killing 6 and injuring 14. They blame the gun, they blame the “lack of laws.” No one blames the person that pulled the trigger. The rhetoric goes on. If you want to read more rhetoric then you will find in a presidential campaign read for yourselves, here
Let’s support Starbucks this Feb 14th. There are several pages and facebook groups to do that now. At the bottom of this post I will have a list. Let’s finally show the anti-gun crowd what we are really made of, let’s support Starbucks. If you can open carry in your state (and feel comfortable doing so) then open carry to your local Starbucks and show your support. I will be there, at least a few times that day to show my support with my Sig on my hip for all to see.