Connecticut Senators Try to Pressure Starbucks Into Banning Guns in Their Stores

September 5 2013
by GSL Staff
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Guns and CoffeeWell I guess all of our nation’s problems are solved. That must be the case for 3 of the federal lawmakers from Connecticut to have time to write letters to Starbucks and pressure on a private company on its stance of following local laws.

Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty are throwing their political power behind a campaign to convince the Starbucks coffee chain to change their policy of allowing people to carry firearms into their store, where allowed by law.

Starbucks does not support Second Amendment efforts, or encourage gun carry at their stores. They simply follow local laws. If a state allows open carry, so does Starbucks. If a state allows concealed carry, so does Starbucks.

This is actually the policy of numerous national, corporate businesses, including the nation’s largest private employer, Wal Mart. Many other department stores and restaurant chains follow suit. However, for some reason anti-gunners are fixated on Starbucks.

According to a The Hill,

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty endorsed a recent letter, spearheaded by family members of victims of December’s shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, asking Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz to help “foster a culture of peace and ban guns from your stores.”

“[T]o prevent another Sandy Hook, we as a society must prioritize the sanctity of human life over the individual’s ‘right to carry,'” the letter reads.
The gun control advocates are asking Shultz to meet them at the Starbucks in Newtown, Conn., site of the Sandy Hook tragedy, and discuss the issue over (what else?) cups of coffee.

According to the report, Starbucks has responded to the letter, but that response is not public.

Gun owners have recently staged several Starbucks support days to offset any potential loss of business caused by boycotts by anti-gun groups.

Does anyone else think it’s mildly inappropriate for sitting United States Senators and members of Congress to pressure a private company in how they do business?

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