Some place called the National Gun Victims Action Council (probably three people with a big Joyce Foundation grant) is calling for a boycott of Starbucks coffee on February 14.
They say Starbucks "allows guns and assault weapons to be openly carried in its stores (in 43 states) and concealed and carried in its stores (in 49 states). Starbucks' compliance with the National Rifle Association's Pro-Gun Agenda was exposed in 2010 when members of the "open carry" movement began meeting in popular chains, such as California Pizza Kitchen, Peets, IKEA, Disney and Starbucks openly carrying their handguns and assault rifles. To protect their customers and employees, all of the retail chains—except for Starbucks— banned guns from being carried in their stores."
I generally brew my own, but think I'll have a cup of their fanciest on that day.
UPDATE: the PA Gunblog is pushing for it to be Starbucks Appreciation Day.
You know, I think I'm craving me some Starbucks too, suddenly
Posted by: TinCan Assassin at January 25, 2012 10:26 AM
Can't do a whole lot to help on this one, the nearest Starbucks is 60 miles away.
Posted by: Jim K at January 25, 2012 10:41 AM
Posted by: David McCleary at January 25, 2012 10:41 AM
I went to the website of that group and looked around. It was rife with poor grammar and massive logical fallacies in argumentation, and overall struck me as about the type of website you would expect the average high school student to design. Its board of directors appears to be the founder and some friends of his from Illinois.
The fact that that is the best the other side can come up with makes me sleep easier.
Posted by: Sertorius at January 25, 2012 11:59 AM
Starbucks is also in Barnes & Noble and some supermarkets, though I don't know how the financial and operational cooperation works in those cases.
Posted by: Sam P at January 25, 2012 02:44 PM
I boycott starbucks because they serve lousy coffee. I roast my own. I'm seriously considering buying a cuo there. Maybe find a panhandler to pass it off to. I'll buy it but, actually drink it. ... oh hell no!
Posted by: brewerbob at January 25, 2012 02:47 PM
PA Gunblog checked out the Board of Directors.
13 out of 16 are Brady Bunch leaders or staffers, both national and state level.
Same list of usual suspects, they are simply revealing the crazy they hide when in Brady clothes.
Posted by: Matthew Carberry at January 25, 2012 06:28 PM
The fact that they've chosen this particular issue is curious. Starbucks corporate policy on RKBA is to follow state law, whatever it may be. How do these people expect anyone to get very excited about that? If you live in a free state, you can carry at SB. If you live in a state that doesn't recognize the Constitution, you aren't really losing anything by SB's policy.
Posted by: Dan H at January 25, 2012 06:41 PM
David, thanks for posting on Starbucks Appreciation Day. At about 4 this afternoon I did a google search on SAD and it came back with 112,000 hits, later tonight the hit count was at 297,000. Whether one likes Starbucks or not, this could be a great and easy way to show the antis that we've got some serious juice.
Posted by: Greg in Allston at January 25, 2012 07:50 PM
I'm going to support Starbucks Appreciation Day.
Unfortunately my Starbucks is located on my university campus and is by state statute, a Gun Free Zone.
Posted by: Chuck at January 25, 2012 09:40 PM
Sam P., the coffee counters in Barnes & Noble are not owned by Starbucks, but rather are just Barnes & Noble coffee counters with Starbucks branded drinks.
Posted by: SPQR at January 26, 2012 10:37 PM