Starbucks Benefits From 2nd Amendment Supporters’ ‘Appreciation Day’ Today

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If you live in a State with open carry laws that don’t disgrace the U.S. Constitution, your local Starbucks could be one of the safest places you can pass the time tonight.

That’s because it’s time for Starbucks Appreciation Day, an informal event in which gun owners show their support for the chain of coffee stores. The love-in represents the efforts of citizens Nationwide who value the 2nd Amendment to honor the hands-off stance the company has taken in the face of demands from gun control advocates to ban firearms from Starbucks stores.

Despite the blowback from some gun control groups, the Starbucks Appreciation Day people don’t come across as trigger-happy loons protesting their point too loudly. From the “Starbucks appreciation day” Facebook page:

Starbucks is allowing us to lawfully carry firearms in their store. Recently, they have been the target of unjust attacks from certain groups that do not support our right to bear arms. We will thank starbucks for standing up for our right to bear arms by going there on Friday, August 9th.

We ask that if you choose to carry a firearm during this event that you follow all local, state, and national laws; and if you choose not to carry that you wear pro-gun rights apparel.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has all but admitted he’s not interested in associating a proactive “gun culture” with his company’s brand, but he’s earned the admiration of many Constitutional conservatives by taking a hands-off approach on hot-button civil liberty issues that have been foisted upon the company from both the right and the left.

In 2010, Schultz told ABC News the company wouldn’t implement any gun policies that added to or took away from Federal, State and local laws. “I’m not a politician,” he said. “I run a coffee company and we’re trying to abide by the laws in which we do business.”

Schultz revealed a similarly Libertarian point of view on the subject of same-sex marriage back in March, when a heavy-hitting shareholder tried to bully him into dropping its support for legislation in Washington State supporting domestic partnership benefits.

“If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got [from Starbucks stock growth] last year, it’s a free country,” he said. “You can sell your shares of Starbucks and buy shares in another company. Thank you very much.”

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • JimH

    On Starbucks Appreciation Day, they are going to introduce their new size, the Magnum.

  • Rich

    good job Starbucks….Stand your Ground!!…don’t let the LEFT, bully you down….tall Americano please….:))

  • Stuart Shepherd

    I actually work for Starbucks. It’s a REALLY great company in the way they treat their employees, the fairness and respect that are afforded the employees, due process and sincere attention to any work-related disputes, and excellent benefits (if not a six figure income!). I think they are rather unique in this regard, especially as these benefits are afforded PART-TIME employees (which is the vast majority of their employees). This has always been from the heart and mind of Howard Schulz and his like-minded executives. He’s a true patriot, in my opinion, because he started out poor in life (I believe his father was disabled before they had disability and the family muddled through somehow in Brooklyn) and LITERALLY worked his way to the top and in a most exemplary way. Personally, I think it’s those good old-fashioned Judeo-Christian values, but I’m biased in that way. Anyway, I agree- three cheers!

  • Alan

    Aawww crap, I missed it! Time to arm myself and head on down to my local coffee shop in hopes of meeting up with like-minded citizens.

  • $36364326

    You mean starbucks is still in business? After pissing off the right, now they are pissing off the left, soon there will be nobody left for them to piss off.

  • rbrooks

    if you support any of the current restrictions to the 2nd amendment, you are a disgrace.

  • tinkerunique

    Not familiar with a store in/near Kingsport, TN – but support their “concept of freedom. WILL return the support at a later day. GREAT way to provide “store security” without paying for CONTRACT SECURITY GUARDS. ( Safest coffee house in town )