Surprisingly, Starbucks is not anti-gun

Posted: 25th February 2010 by Scott @ The Right of a Nation in 2nd Amendment

I saw this over at Ace of Spades HQ and was pretty surprised.

Apparently the forever idiotic Brady Campaign has been trying to get Starbucks (and other restaurant chains, of course) to prohibit guns in their stores.

Starbucks responded, however, that

“Starbucks does not have a corporate policy regarding customers and weapons; we defer to federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding this issue.”

Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign responded that

“This is an evasion, not a response,” Helmke wrote to the Starbucks CEO. “The law in California and other states gives businesses the right to bar guns on their premises.  Just as your stores may prohibit entry by people who are not wearing shoes, they may prohibit entry by people carrying guns.”

Did he not read what he just said?  They have the right to choose whether or not to prohibit entry from armed individuals, and they are choosing not to.

The open display of firearms in public places is inherently threatening and intimidating, and poses risks to those nearby, to law enforcement and to the community.  When open carrying of guns has occurred in retail stores, other customers understandably become alarmed and the police often are called to the scene, creating a volatile and potentially dangerous situation.  One Sheriff’s Lieutenant in California said when police respond to a “man with a gun” call, they have no idea what the intentions of the gun carrier may be and “the result could be deadly.”

And there’s some more idiocy suggesting that law-abiding citizens who choose to carry firearms are going to come in and start shooting up the place, while actual criminals who do intend on using their firearms for an evil purpose will simply avoid the store because they don’t want to break the law by entering somewhere that prohibits guns.

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