A group named “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America” (MDAGSA for short? They need to work on that.) is organizing a Starbucks boycott, because Starbucks currently has a company policy of allowing customers, in state’s where the laws allow (like mine), to carry a loaded firearm on the premises.
The Starbucks siren suddenly has a gun to her head.
An advocacy group has called for “Skip Starbucks Saturday” this weekend — a nationwide boycott on Aug. 24, to pressure the coffee giant to amend its current policy, which allows customers to carry loaded guns into Starbucks stores where permitted by state law.
“Many moms are unaware that if they take their children to Starbucks, their children may be standing next to a customer who has a loaded weapon,” says Shannon Watts, founder of the non-profit group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. She says the group hopes to gather 25,000 signatures to ban guns at all U.S. Starbucks stores. She hopes to personally present the signatures to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz.
Sure, sometimes accidents happen (and with how the media sensationalizes every mischarged firearm, you would think it happened every day) but generally speaking you are in no danger from a person who is carrying a legally owned firearm, properly holstered and with the safety on. 99.2%* of the time you are going to be completely fine.
Starbucks currently allows guns in stores in 43 states — where states permit. But Starbucks has the legal right to prohibit firearms in its stores “in the interest of customer safety,” says Kim Russell, national director of outreach for Moms Demand Action.
She notes that Starbucks employees are not permitted to carry guns at work — even in states that allow them to do so. But because Starbucks has not come down squarely against folks bringing guns into its stores, gun owners have increasingly been using Starbucks as gathering places, Russell says. “We’re just not feeling safe there anymore,” she says.
Sorry, did you think that the crazy people who want to shoot people are just going to throw up their hands when they see a “gun free zone” sticker on the door at Starbucks? Do you think that a criminal with a gun cares that you want to get your venti low-fat soy no-whip latte without seeing a firearm in your presence?
Stop demonizing legal gun owners when legal gun owners are much more likely to save a life if a shooter comes into the Starbucks.
Who would you prefer? A woman with a CCW and a handgun, checking her email and drinking a cappuccino before work and legally allowed to carry her gun into Starbucks, or a guy with a crack habit and a gun and a need to get some cash and jewelry to pawn who doesn’t give a shit if his state or your Starbucks allows him to carry his gun inside.
If person #2 comes into a Starbucks where person #1 is currently checking her email, are you still going to feel like the CCW carrying woman is making you unsafe?
Here’s a thought, maybe you should buy your own gun, learn to use it, and carry it to Starbucks. Then, whether is a druggie looking for money or a legal gun owner who you suspect might shoot you for blocking the half & half carafe, you’ll be able to defend yourself and your precious little children.
Maybe then you could stop feeling victimized by everyone else around you.
Go ahead and have your boycott, but I guarantee it won’t change a damn thing.
Plus you are probably just going to end up with more gun-toting conservatives stopping in for their caffeine fix, since we like businesses that like our guns.
*Based on 2000 numbers, the most recent I could find quickly (Even this one used CDC data, which seems to conflate ALL gun injuries with accident weapons discharge…) in which .79% of accidental deaths were caused by a firearm in 2008.