Brew NOT Bullets! Starbucks Boycott
Current FOR status: Discontinued.
Far from being the socially conscious company they claim to be, Starbucks’ actions reveal they vigorously support the lethal Pro-Gun Agenda. This agenda is significantly increasing everyone’s risk of being a gun violence victim and is responsible for the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. If we had England’s sane gun laws we would expect 375 gun homicides per year—we have more than 10,000. Why? Because the Pro-Gun Agenda, the agenda that Starbucks supports, prevents sane gun laws from being passed. For example: criminals and people with mental illness, who cannot legally buy guns, can purchase them at gun shows (or online as a private sale) where background checks are not required. Known terrorists on the terrorist watch list can legally buy guns. Laws that would make it harder for criminals to buy guns are blocked to prevent a decrease in firearm sales. Guns are not registered, gun owners are not licensed and guns do not carry insurance. Does this seem right?
Starbucks is the first economic target for the FOR, the Episcopal Peace Fellowship, and the National Gun Victims Action Council (NGAC) due to their support of the NRA’s pro-gun agenda.
Starbucks allows people to open carry guns in their stores in the states that allow “open carry” despite the fact they have the legal right to ban guns from their stores—just like their legal right to require customers to wear clothes. They refuse to do so.
Members of the “open carry” movement began meeting in popular restaurants and coffee shops throughout California in 2010 to display their openly carried handguns. The goal of this national movement is to normalize the carrying of guns in public places.
The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence presented a petition to Starbucks with 33,000 signatures requesting they ban guns from their premises. NGAC’s founder made the same request to the Starbucks Board of Directors. Unlike several other national chains, including California Pizza Kitchen, Peets, IKEA, and Disney, they refused to do so.
Starbucks’ pro-gun policy on “open carry” makes it an active supporter of the gun lobby’s agenda to put more guns in more places in American life — and it must stop.
Among the handguns Starbucks approves in its stores is the Glock 19 used by Jared Loughner in the Tucson massacre in January 2011 (killed six, wounded 14 in less than one minute).
As a major player in corporate America, Starbucks could be a leader in promoting gun safety. Yet instead, Starbucks has chosen to support the NRA’s pro-gun agenda. You can help persuade Starbucks to abandon a policy that puts it on the side of those who seek to put more handguns into more places in American life and help persuade Starbucks to become a leading advocate for sane gun laws.