Carry at Starbucks
In states allowing open carry or concealed carry, signs were popping up in store windows banning weapons inside the stores. One place you will not find one of these signs is at a Starbucks. Starbucks is taking the stance of following the state law, if it is allowed in the state it's allowed at Starbucks.
On Wednesday, Starbucks reiterated a stance it publicized in 2010. “As the public debate around this issue continues, we encourage customers and advocacy groups from both sides to share their input with their public officials," the company wrote in a statement. "We are extremely sensitive to the issue of gun violence in our society and believe that supporting local laws is the right way for us to ensure a safe environment for both our partners [employees] and customers."
Of course with any issue there will be groups voicing their opinions on both sides. Starbucks is facing a boycott from a couple anti-gun groups, such as The National Gun Victims Council. They believe they represent the majority of Starbuck's customers and may have some impact on the business with the boycott. Then there is the other side, gun right's advocates who are pushing a buycott. In 2010 the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence attempted a similar move against Starbucks, that year Starbuck's earnings had a 17 cent per share increase.
Here are comments, one from each side of the debate:
“So sick and tired of this gun garbage,” reader Lynn Gleason wrote. “If you're someone who is feeling the need to tote around a gun everywhere, ask yourself, 'What it is you're so afraid of,' not, 'Which other pointless location can I suddenly feel the need to be armed?' ”
Reader Paula Qualls Gurley disagreed. “I didn't go today, but will go twice tomorrow. Sick of those who try to extort companies who don't toe their 'line.' I don't own a gun but I don't need the antigun lobby in my business.” From The Christain Science Monitor.