Moms Should Be Carrying Their OWN Loaded Weapons Into Starbucks

guns and coffeeA 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.

– USA Today

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.

USA Today

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.

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*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.

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4 Comments

  1. Yeah, like a one day boycott is going to mean anything to Starbucks. And as they say, what’s stopping these moms and their children from getting their coffee from someplace else if they feel that uncomfortable? “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.” So what? That’s the point of a concealed carry and it’s not like they’re causing any harm.

  2. “’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,’…” That is the quote that got me when I finally found one freaking article pointing to what the heck this stupid Skip Starbucks Saturday was. No kidding! I trolled– I mean perused their Twitter feed, and I had to quit looking there and look several pages into #SkipStarbucks to find the reason they’re so het up.

    Then I wished I had my own CCP, like my husband does, so I could stop into Starbucks yesterday, loaded and ready. Instead, I put my knife in my pocket and tried to remember my several years’ worth of martial arts training — which is pretty damn rusty, unfortunately — and went in AS a loaded weapon. 😀 (Not that it would have helped me if someone with a gun came in the store intent on harm, but I’d have a leg up on those who were only armed with harsh language.)

    So what do these women think, anyway? That guns are the only weapons people bring into places? That boycotting the most popular coffee stop (at least on the West Coast) for ONE DAY is going to change things? That CC holders (and Starbucks Corporate, for that matter) CARE that whiners aren’t going to be in Starbucks that day?

    The people who insist that Chris Lane and other unfortunate victims of gun violence would not be dead today if a gun wasn’t involved should talk to the families of the millions of victims worldwide who died or were maimed by things that are NOT guns — including fists. And cars. And hot coffee.

    These people are so narrow-minded! If they REALLY want to be paranoid, they should use their imaginations more. Then they might start thinking carrying a gun is not so bad an option, after all.

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