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Bring Your Guns For Starbucks Appreciation Day

CEO of the coffee chain Howard Schultz faces growing pressure to ban weapons at every Starbucks store in the U.S.

By: Daniel Koren
Published: August 12th, 2013 in Business » World
A photo taken from Facebook page 'Starbucks Appreciation Day'Pic: Facebook

Howard Schultz, CEO of Starbucks, is known for having a progressive-leaning stance when it comes to current social and political issues. His stance will face, perhaps, its biggest challenge yet after gun advocates deemed August 9th as Starbucks Appreciation Day, with a massive gathering taking place at a Starbucks in Newton, Connecticut, a city still reeling from the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.

At this particular Starbucks location, masses of gun enthusiasts arrived, firearms in hand, thanking the coffee chain for supporting the Second Amendment. Hundreds of photos were taken, later posted on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, where the pro-gun supporters wrote amicable captions on Starbucks' stance on firearms.

Starbucks had decided to close the Newton store out of respect for the community, but the move was not enough to avoid an international outcry from anti-gun liberals and the like.


The gathering took place less than 2 weeks after a pro-gun rally at a Starbucks in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Participants of the rally had reportedly received permission to hold the event there from both Starbucks' local manager, and a representative from the company's headquarters in Seattle.

Starbucks, a company that hosts a longstanding, yet relatively unknown, policy that allows customers to bring in loaded guns in those states where carrying open firearms is legal, has now been facing growing pressure from gun-safety activists and concerned coffee enthusiasts alike to ban this 'pro-gun' policy all together.

Since this Friday's Starbucks Appreciation Day, customers from across the United States have threatened to boycott the coffee conglomerate; Forbes reports that a Starbucks spokesman has since confirmed they will continue to allow customers bring in unconcealed weapons in those states that allow it.

"We’re following the law, encouraging customers on both sides of the debate to reach out to lawmakers," Starbucks’ Zack Hutson told Forbes.

Much of the American public, however, do not seem to share Hutson's sentiments.

“We’re moms — we make 80% of spending decisions," said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “We don’t want to expose our kids to loaded assault weapons while we’re getting lattes."

Good point.

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is now calling to boycott Starbucks until they reverse their 'pro-gun' leaning policies, according to Watts. According to Forbes, the day before Starbucks Appreciation Day, Watts wrote a letter to Schultz on the controversial issue in America.

"Starbucks bans smoking within 25 feet of its stores in areas where smoking would otherwise be legal," she wrote. "The company also bans firearms from its corporate headquarters and prohibits all employees from carrying guns – even in states where laws would allow them to do so. Like any private business, Starbucks has the legal right to prohibit firearms in its stores in the interest of its customers."

With Starbucks becoming a popular meeting spot for gun advocates, Watts argues that Starbucks has 'gone too far'.

"Starbucks has made it very clear that they are not taking a position on this issue," said John Pierce, co-founder of the Open Carry movement. "They simply want to comply with state laws. Starbucks Appreciation Day was simply saying that is a good policy and we appreciate that Starbucks does not discriminate against gun owners. It is a way of showing the economic power of the tens of millions of gun owners."

Pierce went on to call Starbucks Appreciation Day 'a nationwide phenomenon.'

“Anytime you have anti-gun groups who are specifically espousing positions that are in fact not common sense but depriving gun owners of civil rights, you probably will get pushback from the gun rights movement,” he said. “There are literally open carry events across the country every month. They offer free firearm safety classes. They have picnics.”

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