In years past, Starbucks has been responsive to consumer demand for corporate social responsibility. Today, Starbucks customers can enjoy drinks made from fairly-traded, sustainably-grown coffee beans.
But for some reason Starbucks has refused to ban firearms in its stores. In states where public carrying of firearms is allowed, Starbucks permits loaded guns on its premises. Firearms enthusiasts have been flocking to Starbucks recently, even bringing their guns to a store in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were massacred in December.
Starbucks has said that its policy is to "comply with local laws" with respect to having guns in its stores. But it has a history of going above and beyond local laws to protect the well-being of its customers — most recently by banning smoking outside its stores where it would otherwise be legal to smoke.
Starbucks prohibits firearms at its corporate headquarters, and doesn't allow its employees to carry guns.
To step up the pressure, Moms Demand Action has designated Saturday, August 24 as Skip Starbucks Saturday. A sharp drop in sales on Saturday will send Starbucks the message that its customers don't want loaded weapons in their stores.
Click here to sign a petition to tell Starbucks to ban guns from its stores.