Starbucks and the Second Amendment crowd
Dan Mitchell, Slate Magazine, March 4Gun-control advocates, perhaps feeling they had no other choice, decided they had to enter the fray and demand that Starbucks not allow gun-toting rubes to enter stores to terrorize the normals who just want to buy a cup of coffee.
Starbucks (SBUX) has unwittingly become caught up in the culture wars, and the second amendment issue of the right to bear firearms.
The coffee franchise has been targeted by certain advocacy groups, most likely because SBUX is notorious for being a bastallion of liberal elitism, although this is largely a stereotype and hence a gross exaggeration.
Insisting they have the right to openly carry their guns into private establishments these second amendment rebels have dragged Starbuck's where it never wanted to venture.
Private establishments have the right to ban firearms from being brought into their stores; thus far Starbucks has not, and wants to remain neutral. (See statement below).
And Starbucks just wants to sell them coffee. So it has asked both sides to please back off and leave it alone. It will continue to allow customers to carry guns where it's legal. "Were we to adopt a policy different from local laws allowing open carry, we would be forced to require our partners to ask law abiding customers to leave our stores, putting our partners in an unfair and potentially unsafe position," the company said in a statement. In the meantime, the company would appreciate it if both sides would "refrain from putting Starbucks or our partners into the middle of this divisive issue."