Most of you will be familiar with the dustup that’s forming over Starbucks’ common sense stance on gun control. In case you’re not, Starbucks made big waves with the various gun-grabbing groups for their response to gun owners open-carrying in their coffee shops. The National Gun Victims Action Council and their ilk over at the Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence are figuratively up in arms because Starbucks does not take a stance on the Second Amendment. Seems ridiculous, doesn’t it? Starbucks isn’t making donations to the NRA, they’re not lobbying for relaxed restrictions on gun owners, in fact, they’re not doing anything but following the law and allowing you to do what you are legally able to.
“We comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve. That means we abide by the laws that permit open carry in 43 U.S. states. Where these laws don’t exist, openly carrying weapons in our stores is prohibited. The political, policy and legal debates around these issues belong in the legislatures and courts, not in our stores.”
It’s a great statement for two reasons: first and foremost, it’s exactly right; second, it’s simply good business. If open carry is legal in a given locality, the citizens of that locale clearly favor the right to keep and bear arms, or vice-versa. Either way, Starbucks maximizes their customer satisfaction at every outlet.
Some of the pro-gun groups have hailed Starbucks’ stand as being a victory for the gun rights movement, and in some ways they’re correct, though probably not for the reasons they may think. The Starbucks policy isn’t a victory in and of itself, it’s a byproduct of the many, many, other victories groups like the NRA and Second Amendment Foundation (and countless smaller, local organizations nation-wide, like your very own Hawaii Defense Foundation!) have won over the years. It’s a solid indicator that gun ownership has become normal again, despite the devious machinations of the various gun control lobbyists.
SUPPORT RIGHTS: ANTI-GUNNERS WILL BOYCOTT YOU
Because the gun control lobby was unable to stop 43 US states from un-mangling the Constitution, they want Starbucks to do it for them, unilaterally. Since Starbucks refuses, a boycott of the coffee giant has been announced, starting Valentine’s Day this year. (Apparently the gun control lobby operates on classic mob principles: “Hey, when the Don invites you to join the Family, you join, capisce? Now, you sleep with the fishes!”) Clearly it’s in our collective best interest to ensure that Starbucks not be muscled into submission on this issue, so the Hawaii Defense Foundation is joining numerous Second Amendment advocacy groups across the country in asking all liberty-loving Americans to support Starbucks on the 14th of February.
SUPPORT RIGHTS: AMERICANS WILL SUPPORT YOU
Take your sweetheart out for a cup of coffee. Replace that travel mug you’ve been wanting to throw out. Help us make this boycott a complete non-issue, and show Starbucks that the gun owners of America have the numbers and the buying power to more than offset any loss of business from petulant gun control groups. Now, where is my Mocha Chip Freedom Frappuchino?