I enjoy shooting. I enjoy owning guns. I respect people’s right to own, carry, brandish, shoot and collect guns. However, I’m starting to liken gun-stooges with Crossfit-stooges.
Crossfitters are typically arrogant, loud, obnoxious fitness buffs who never shut-up about Crossfit. Gun-stooges are starting to do the same and this Starbucks situation gave them a wonderful opportunity to act the fool.
Amidst the recent rash of gun crime, Starbucks CEO – Howard Schultz released a message addressing some of his concerns:
Dear Fellow Americans,
Few topics in America generate a more polarized and emotional debate than guns. In recent months, Starbucks stores and our partners (employees) who work in our stores have been thrust unwillingly into the middle of this debate. That’s why I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas.
From the beginning, our vision at Starbucks has been to create a “third place” between home and work where people can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of coffee and community. Our values have always centered on building community rather than dividing people, and our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life.
We appreciate that there is a highly sensitive balance of rights and responsibilities surrounding America’s gun laws, and we recognize the deep passion for and against the “open carry” laws adopted by many states. (In the United States, “open carry” is the term used for openly carrying a firearm in public.) For years we have listened carefully to input from our customers, partners, community leaders and voices on both sides of this complicated, highly charged issue.
Our company’s longstanding approach to “open carry” has been to follow local laws: we permit it in states where allowed and we prohibit it in states where these laws don’t exist. We have chosen this approach because we believe our store partners should not be put in the uncomfortable position of requiring customers to disarm or leave our stores. We believe that gun policy should be addressed by government and law enforcement—not by Starbucks and our store partners.
Recently, however, we’ve seen the “open carry” debate become increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening. Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called “Starbucks Appreciation Days” that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of “open carry.” To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores. Some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction, including soliciting and confronting our customers and partners.
For these reasons, today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas—even in states where “open carry” is permitted—unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.
I would like to clarify two points. First, this is a request and not an outright ban. Why? Because we want to give responsible gun owners the chance to respect our request—and also because enforcing a ban would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers, and that is not a role I am comfortable asking Starbucks partners to take on. Second, we know we cannot satisfy everyone. For those who oppose “open carry,” we believe the legislative and policy-making process is the proper arena for this debate, not our stores. For those who champion “open carry,” please respect that Starbucks stores are places where everyone should feel relaxed and comfortable. The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.
I am proud of our country and our heritage of civil discourse and debate. It is in this spirit that we make today’s request. Whatever your view, I encourage you to be responsible and respectful of each other as citizens and neighbors.
This is not an unreasonable request. He acknowledged the right’s of Americans to tote around their registered firearms, but would prefer they not do it in his stores.
This memorandum sent the gun-stooges into a frenzy and September 18th turned into “Everyone-bring-your-guns-of-every-kind-into-ALL-of-the-Starbucks”.
You’ve got these nitwits
You have these tools
I don’t understand why these people think their right to bear arms trumps Schultz’ right to ask people not to bring guns into his establishments.
If any one of these gun-stooges asked you to refrain from cursing in their houses and every time you go for a visit you wear a shirt that says “F*ck *ff, D*ck Breath” and pepper the conversation with less than savory words, they would undoubtedly have a fit.
Yet for some reason these gun-stooges feel that every aspect of life is made better by having iron strapped to yourself. I have seen multiple people posted all over Facebook wearing/posing with guns at their weddings, family portraits and/or just hanging out.
I understand the gun thing. I really do. I’m in the military for crying out loud…but I don’t feel the need to always have a gun with me. I have a feeling my space here is going to be seeing more and more gun topics as people’s OpEds start flowing about all of the recent shootings. I will do what I can to address them, but for the most part, just respect each other. I will wager, most of the gun-stooges in photos all over the internet are posing in Starbucks in Malibu, Memphis or Dallas. No one is going to roll into a Starbucks in Detroit brandishing a piece. Some pasty white dude, who ‘shoots clays’ is going stride into a downtown D-town, Starbucks with his Remington 870 – tac’ed out – Express Magnum, just to ‘make a point.’
Get a grip people. Srsly, a broomstick dramatically increases CQB accuracy when clearing rooms/buildings.