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.”