Saturday, March 20, 2010

Guns and Coffee?



The next time you walk into a Starbucks, are you going to have to watch out for gun toting, coffee drinking citizens? Apparently the Coffee chain Starbucks Corp. is sticking to its policy of letting customers carry guns where it's legal and said it does not want to be put in the middle of a larger gun-control debate.

Earlier this month, the company made their statement on the response from the recent campaign by some gun owners, who have walked into Starbucks and other businesses to test state laws that allow gun owners to carry weapons openly in public places. Gun control advocates have protested.

The fight began heating up in January in Northern California and has since spread to other states and other companies, bolstered by the pro-gun group OpenCarry.org. Apparently a lot of the incidents where people came in with their guns were merely spontaneous. But some of the incidents resulted with large groups of people coming in to Starbucks with their guns proudly at their sides.

Now, gun control advocates are protesting the policy. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, launched a petition drive demanding that the company "offer espresso shots, not gunshots" and declare its coffeehouses "gun-free zones." And that group delivered 28,000 signatures to the coffee giant's headquarters in Seattle.

But the Corp. is sticking to its "guns" and allowing the regulars to walk in with their weapons. Starbucks also asked both gun enthusiasts and gun-control advocates "to refrain from putting Starbucks or our partners into the middle of this divisive issue."

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