OpEdNews Op Eds

Tell Starbucks: Keep Guns Out of Its Coffee Shops

By (about the author)     Permalink
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags Add to My Group(s)

Interesting 1  
View Ratings | Rate It

opednews.com Headlined to H3 2/10/10

Tell Starbucks: Keep Guns Out of its Coffee Shops

Dear joan,

Over the past few months, more and more gun owners have been gathering at restaurants and coffee shops like Starbucks with guns strapped to their hips, intimidating fellow patrons.

Businesses can legally prohibit guns from being carried in their establishments and so far, Peet's Coffee & Tea and California Pizza Kitchen have heeded customer concerns and barred the open carrying of guns.

But Starbucks is refusing to prohibit the open carrying of firearms in its stores, despite protests from loyal customers.

Click here to sign the petition to let Starbucks know that you want them to stand up for the safety of their customers and adopt a nationwide, gun-free policy in all Starbucks stores

Because of Starbucks' refusal, the Brady Campaign has teamed up with CREDO Action to tell Starbucks to keep guns out of its coffee shops.

The practice of packing heat in places like Starbucks is intimidating and could be potentially dangerous to our families and communities and it must be stopped.

It's everyone's right to sit in a restaurant or coffee shop with their families without intimidation or fear of guns, either concealed or openly carried.

Under the law, Starbucks has the right to adopt a gun-free policy, with an exception for uniformed police officers. Such a policy can easily be implemented in most cases by putting up signs at store entrances.

We need to tell Starbucks to bar guns in its stores. These individuals who have been carrying guns into Starbucks have all the firepower of a SWAT team, and none of the law enforcement training.

Please sign the petition to Starbucks today!

Sincerely,

Paul Helmke, President
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Tell Starbucks to keep guns out of its stores!

Click here to sign the petition to be delivered to Howard Schultz, Chairman, President and CEO of Starbucks.


 

Take action -- click here to contact your local newspaper or congress people:
Tell Starbucks: Keep Guns Out of Its Coffee Shops

Click here to see the most recent messages sent to congressional reps and local newspapers

anonymously sourced from either the web or a forwarded email.

Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon

The views expressed in this article are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.

Writers Guidelines

Contact Author Contact Editor View Authors' Articles
Related Topic(s): ; ; , Add Tags

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Jim Cramer Uses CNBC to Manipulate Stocks

Video: Is Bristol Palin Baby Trig's Mother? Evidence & Pictures

BabyGate: Explosive New Details and the Smoking Gun Photo

Romney's Storm Tips

Feeding The Homeless BANNED In Major Cities All Over America

Most Massive Natural Disaster in US History-- and you don't know what caused it.

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

Comments: Expand   Shrink   Hide  
6 people are discussing this page, with 7 comments
To view all comments:
Expand Comments
(Or you can set your preferences to show all comments, always)

I think it might be a mistake for Starbucks to ban... by Peter Duveen on Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 8:33:27 AM
No guns in Starbucks, OK. No guns to the police, ... by Larry Tierney on Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 11:42:40 AM
We hand over our rights to representatives when ... by Theresa Paulfranz on Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 3:11:22 PM
After right to worship as you please comes the ... by Theresa Paulfranz on Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 4:32:34 PM
No one would need a gun in a Starbucks if the busi... by John Jonik on Thursday, Feb 11, 2010 at 7:20:05 PM
And of course, when people finally start getting h... by Perry Logan on Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 8:11:36 AM
Have guns left in INSECURE cars where they can be ... by Starbuck on Friday, Feb 12, 2010 at 11:38:01 AM