The publication Tuesday of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz's open letter announcing the coffee chain's request (but not requirement) that customers no longer openly carry firearms in their stores was, unsurprisingly, met with anger on the part of some gun rights advocates. What perhaps is something of a surprise is that the news does not appear to have made many of the forcible citizen disarmament advocacy groups particularly happy, either.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, for example, reported the "no guns" request this way on their Facebook page:
Starbucks now saying that guns are not "welcome" in their stores, but still refusing to change their company policy to ban them.
Compared to many of the comments left by CSGV's angry hive insect followers, that criticism is actually quite mild.
The Brady Campaign's press statement is more enthusiastic, but even it makes clear that they are not yet satisfied (emphasis added):
We are glad Starbucks is starting to take this issue seriously and is listening to the voice of its customers and the voice of the American people. This is an important first step and we hope Starbucks will continue to reassess its gun policy so its customers, including families with children, continue to feel safe [at least they were honest enough to say "feel safe," rather than "be safe"].
In a television news interview on KTVU 2, a Brady Bunch chapter vice president is quite unequivocal about her dissatisfaction:
Newscaster: The Brady Campaign of California says Starbucks did not go far enough, by not banning guns.
Brady Campaign Contra Costa County Vice President Karen Arntzen: I think he's trying to have it both ways, and you can't really do that with the open carry groups.
Actually, it sounds rather more as if "you can't really do that with the" anti-gun groups.
The "Moms Demand Action" group does admittedly manage to sound quite triumphant in their press release:
Just two months later, Starbucks is announcing that the company will no longer allow guns on its property, both inside and outside of its stores. Until now, Starbucks allowed patrons to bring loaded firearms inside stores in states where concealed and open carry is permitted. According to Starbucks’ new policy, which goes into effect today, “Everyone is welcome in our stores, but weapons are not.”
The problem, of course, is that this is a lie. Starbucks has made clear that guns are not banned, and that the policy of allowing open carry in their stores will continue in any jurisdiction where that practice is legal. In other words, these action-demanding moms are only happy with their own, made-up, false version of the Starbucks announcement.
The mandated defenselessness advocacy groups are clearly going to continue, as they have for years, to attempt to bully Starbucks into complying with their agenda--an outright gun ban, so that the easily hoodwinked can "feel safe," as long as they remain oblivious to the obvious fact someone bent on killing will bring guns in anyway, and a "no guns" policy will simply provide him with a free-fire zone.
As National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea noted Wednesday, CNN has chosen to ignore the "gun control" groups' bullying, and falsely imply that gun rights advocates are solely responsible for thrusting Starbucks unwillingly into the debate.
This column argues that as gun rights advocates, we will be best served by leaving the bullying to the other side, rather than trying to conscript Starbucks into fighting a culture war of which they understandably want no part, as the other side has done and continues to do.
Starbucks, to the chagrin of the anti-self-defense groups, even now continues to honor customers' choice to carry the means to effectively defend themselves and their families. That should be enough to earn them the right to make their own choice to stay out of a debate that makes no sense for them to join.
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