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CSGV STATEMENT ON STARBUCKS’ RESPONSE TO ARMED RALLIES AT ITS STORES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2013
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CSGV STATEMENT ON STARBUCKS’ RESPONSE TO ARMED RALLIES AT ITS STORES
Washington, D.C.—Today, pro-gun activists conducted a series of armed rallies at Starbucks’ stores across the country, exposing the coffee chain’s dangerous and irresponsible company policy concerning firearms. Starbucks’ corporate leadership allowed all these armed demonstrations to proceed without interference save one. The chain closed its store in Newtown, Connecticut early after intense criticism from family members of victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy, and organizations like Sandy Hook Promise and Newtown Action Alliance.Starbucks Sign Newtown

In defending its policy allowing individuals to carry loaded guns into its stores, Starbucks has claimed neutrality and explained that they are merely “complying with local laws and statutes in the communities they serve.” This argument is a specious one.

It is not up to public officials to provide for the safety of Starbucks’ customers and employees. That is their responsibility as a private business and theirs alone. Starbucks recently banned smoking within 25 feet of its stores not because state/local law required it, but because Starbucks believes it provides a safer, healthier, more satisfying experience for their customers and employees alike. They could also expressly prohibit the carrying of firearms inside their stores like the coffee chain Peet’s does. They have elected not to.

Starbucks indicated it closed its Newtown store today “out of respect for Newtown and everything our community has been through.” In a country that has endured 62 mass shootings in the last 30 years—and countless other gruesome gun-related tragedies—it’s difficult to understand why the people of Newtown deserve to be treated with respect and sensitivity, but not the people of Aurora, Tucson, Oak Creek, Blacksburg, Seattle, etc., etc., etc.

It is time for Starbucks’ corporate leadership to stop passing the buck and do the right thing. Far from “nurturing the human spirit,” by allowing individuals to carry loaded handguns, assault rifles and shotguns into their stores to make extreme political statements, Starbucks is doing nothing but tainting their brand and exposing their customers and employees to unnecessary, daily risks.


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  • Jon: August 14, 2013 3:13 am

    I think a lot of the comments here are missing one key point to remember. Everyone is quick to say they’re going to boycott Starbucks but let’s take a different angle here. Business and government don’t mesh. I drive a jeep because I think they make a good car, not based on they’re political views or any other choices they make. I like Starbucks coffee so I’ll continue to drink it. If the law says people can carry a gun in public let that be an issue for the local government and not Starbucks problem.


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  • Glenn Harding: August 11, 2013 10:17 pm

    These ignorant gun toting morons are a health hazard not only to themselves but to the public. They are subjecting their ignorance on the freedom of peace loving people that wish to live and walk our America without fear of some idiot accidentally shooting himself or someone else or even a child. Take your weapons home if that’s what you own them for (home protection), if not do me and civilization a favor and crawl in a hole.


  • k rogness: August 11, 2013 7:37 am

    i am done w starbucks until they are done with placing my life at risk from gun carrying in their stores.


  • Laurie Duraney: August 11, 2013 1:25 am

    I am joining the other commenters here in a vow to not patronize Starbucks until they change their policy–many businesses already post signs at the entrance not permitting guns and I give my business to them. I prefer to shop local anyway!


  • d: August 10, 2013 9:29 pm

    It is time for Starbucks’ corporate leadership to stop passing the buck and do the right thing.

    No – it is simply time for those with compassion for Oklahoma and Colorado and others to stop frequenting Starbucks. Easy solution to actuate change.


  • mike hirsch: August 10, 2013 8:01 pm

    I will no longer spend my money on any of their products.


  • Clarence Davidson: August 10, 2013 6:44 pm

    As of today no more Starbucks for me,util this policy changes. I live in Chicago, where Newtown occurs monthly, do the surviving loved ones of those killed by gun violence in Chicago, not deserve the same respect? This could easily be viewed as racist.


  • Reta Lane: August 10, 2013 6:38 pm

    I will be boycotting Starbucks as long as they allow weapons in their stores. I do not want to go to a place that allow weapons in as there are so many insane people that carry guns now thanks to the republicans in office.


  • Clarence Davidson: August 10, 2013 6:38 pm

    As of today I will no longer be a Starbuck customer, I live in Chicago where Newtown occurs monthly. T


  • Joanne Egan: August 10, 2013 5:57 pm

    I don’t want weapons anywhere. They symbolise imbalance of power, death, destruction, hatred, fear. I don’t want to be near any guns.


  • Hema sethi: August 10, 2013 4:51 pm

    Irresponsible and disgusting. Will not step into a Starbucks again and will make sure nobody I know does that either till the business recognizes it has an obligation to the community it sucks money out of. After all the horror that has gown down, and knowing how devastating gun violence is, to sit back and let a bunch of demented individuals carry fire arms into their stores is like saying – We are fine with violence. We are fine with the hurt caused to the communities we exist in. We are fine with children being killed. We are fine with a few dying. That is a sick way of serving the public and I think MSNBC’s Morning Joe program should be thinking seriously about promoting a disgusting chain store business like this one.


  • A. S. Brochstein: August 10, 2013 4:14 pm

    Couldn’t have said this better myself. I have been boycotting Starbucks since I received their response to my email asking them to ban firearms in all of their stores. They responded by saying that they comply with all local laws. Well as the write stated, they ban cigarettes for the health & welfare of their employees & patrons, so they should do the same with firearms. We need to tell them that we in words & actions that we will take our business elsewhere until this policy is changed… period, end of story!


  • Sherrie Sacharow: August 10, 2013 3:25 pm

    I will use my coffee dollars at Dunkin’ Donuts or some other vendor. Why would I knowingly subject myself to interaction with armed private citizens? I will encourage my loved ones to talk with their dollars


  • Sylvia Byczynski: August 10, 2013 3:10 pm

    Shame on the Starbuck’s that participated in the show off gun day………….I will start using any close by coffee/tea place rather than Starbucks…………..


  • Marc W Kohler: August 10, 2013 3:06 pm

    We need to boycott Starbucks, and let it be the beginning of a national boycott of all retailers which would allow gun-toting and gun sales in their stores.


  • Victoria Ross: August 10, 2013 2:50 pm

    This insane policy has kept me out of any of your stores. Fix this or we are done.


  • Tina Martinez: August 10, 2013 2:46 pm

    I for one am happy that this issue has been brought out into the open, after all of the publicity from yesterday. Starbucks will see now that a majority of the people in this country do not want to be around armed people. And I am sure there were many that didn’t know Starbuck’s policy of allowing guns in their stores. The pro-gun crowd can rally all they want. We will never get used to or put up with an armed society, allow the police to police. We will do our best to clean up the gun violence problem in America & oust the politicians that won’t get it done.


  • Natalie Kelley: August 10, 2013 2:24 pm

    I was a customer of theirs, but not any more. Their support on this matter is not for everyone. They should have stuck with serving coffee rather than serving evil.


  • stephanie: August 10, 2013 2:15 pm

    please do not allow any weapons in your store!!!!!! NOT good.


  • W. Osmer: August 10, 2013 2:09 pm

    Please everyone who has (or will be) commented below! Please join me in sending your comments directly to Starbucks, either in writing or by phone, telling them directly that you will not patronize their stores until they ban weapons in them! The address is: Howard Schultz, CEO Starbucks Coffee Company, 2401 Utah Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134, Phone 1-800-782-7282. If they get enough then maybe they will get the message!


  • Barbara Bursell: August 10, 2013 2:02 pm

    I called their corporate office yesterday and told them this was shameful,esp in Newtown, and that I would never set foot in a Starbucks!


  • Guest: August 10, 2013 1:26 pm

    I normally don’t support excessive gun “rights” if the public safety is at issue, but on this issue I have a novel and traditionally American idea:

    Why not let Starbucks customers and Starbucks sales drive their decision on how to handle guns in their stores? If you don’t like it, why not go to Peet’s?


  • Wendy Townsend: August 10, 2013 1:24 pm

    We have to change this insanity…we hope you will join us, Starbucks…


  • Ms Rennie Miller: August 10, 2013 1:12 pm

    I’m done with Starbucks.


  • Jini Coolen Briggs (AKA Virginia): August 10, 2013 1:06 pm

    NO MORE STARBUCKS – I used to purchase GIFT CARDS for family members birthdays and special days – but NO MORE…


  • Burley Herrin: August 10, 2013 12:59 pm

    I’ll consider having another latte at Starbucks when Starbucks reconsiders that misguided “wild wild west” policy.


  • Bert Woodall: August 10, 2013 12:46 pm

    People who feel the need to carry weapons are emotionally unstable to start with, manifestly prey to unwarranted fears. And while I do have sympathy for the mentally ill I am most definitely not comfortable being around them when they are armed. Who can know what might prompt these people to decide they are not merely threatened–as that is a constant–but actually under attack!

    I and my wife are FREQUENT Starbucks patrons and I urge you to consider the safety and comfort of your undisturbed patrons, who I can only hope constitute a substantial majority of your clientele.


  • Rev. Carter A. Dary: August 10, 2013 12:19 pm

    Are they remotely aware of how very few these gun nuts make up compared to educated and concerned citizens? I for one will NEVER set foot in a Starbucks again! I am going to lobby my friends on FaceBook to do the same. $1.75 for a cup of coffee is a rip-off to begin with, and then add fear from a gun nut—wow! Grow up Starbucks management! Guns are NOT toys!


  • Inge Pfleger`: August 10, 2013 12:15 pm

    People who want to send a message should remember that nothing hurts the corporate spirit more than when good people refuse to buy their products. I don’t go to Walmart and I don’t use Starbucks products. Stand up and back your believes with your pocket book.


  • Odilia Leal-McBride: August 10, 2013 11:53 am

    In general I like the Starbuck corporation, especially the CEO’s commitment to creating jobs in the United States. However, I am a cheapskate and a health freak, so I don’t go to Starbuck too often, because I should not drink too much coffee or eat pastries, and I don’t like to spend too much money on coffee. In addition, even though I live in Texas, I don’t want to see guns or firearms in a closed space, or in a space where lots of people congregate. We know that there are guns in the hands of responsible citizens out there, but there are guns in the hands of unstable people, mentally ill people, and we don’t know how to distinguish one from the other. Guns can be used for self-defense, and other appropriate firearms can be used for hunting, but a coffee shop is an unlikely place where you should have to defend yourself from harm. and certainly is not a hunting place either. The possibility of meeting a person with a firearm at a Starbucks cafe is one more reason not to go there. It is safer to drink coffee at home.


  • Diana Lundin: August 10, 2013 11:51 am

    Love Starbucks coffee. However, now knowing one won’t be safe in there either – since they do allow guns on their property – then I have to bow out and say that I am sorry it had to come to this. I love a good cup of joe – however it is not worth the risk of getting shot (if even so by accident when some gluebrain drop their gun on the floor when there are children in there whom might just add more intensity to the situation – curious as they are).
    It was good the years that I enjoyed being Your costumer – Starbucks.
    I now have to find a new “java hole” to find


  • Virginia Lucido: August 10, 2013 11:49 am

    You won’t find me in a Starbuck’s again.


  • Dawn Tripp: August 10, 2013 11:47 am

    I hope this is Starbucks’ first step toward changing its policy about guns in it stores. It already prohibits them in its corporate office, now this. It’s encouraging.


  • Cheryl Crow: August 10, 2013 11:47 am

    There is no reason why anyone should (with the exception of law enforcement) be allowed to carry loaded guns into any place of business. Any place where loaded guns are allowed has the increased chance of gun violence occurring. Starbuck’s needs to be the “responsible company” it advertises itself to be, and change this policy. A coffe shop should be a stress-free, gun-free environment. I stopped going to Starbuck’s and will not go back until they change their policy to a responsible one that benefits the health and safety of all patrons.


  • Glee Violette: August 10, 2013 11:43 am

    You ban smoking for health reasons, but you allow guns. Excuse me, Newtown residents are not the only people who have been traumatized by gun violence. My mother, stepfather, and stepbrother were shot to death. I have no problem being around armed police officers and military personnel. But I have no idea if the guy sitting next to me in the coffee shop has all his marbles or is competent with a gun. I only know that he is so fearful, so paranoid, he needs to go around in public with a murder weapon strapped to his hip, ready to use. This does not make for a relaxing environment for me. There are plenty of other places to get coffee, and I will give them my business from now on. Glee Violette, Woonsocket, RI.


  • Chris Bacher: August 10, 2013 11:42 am

    I do not patronize Starbucks due to their high prices. However, I WOULD patronize them due to their policy of allowing law abiding citizens to exercise their legal rights. I know McDonalds & Wendy’s have been shot up. Don’t recall that happening at a Starbucks.


  • H. Chandler: August 10, 2013 11:40 am

    STARBUCKS

    Quit claiming “neutrality” when in fact this gives ACTIVE SUPPORT to idiocy. Allowing gun carrying individuals to ‘open carry’ to Starbucks locations only serves to allow one section of the population to engage hazing and attempt to intimidate the larger population. By allowing them to do so, also makes the next gun murders better facilitated: how do you know if the person openly carrying the gun[s] isn’t going to open fire, and when they do, how many more people will be shot before the shooter stops, or is stopped? The non-sense ‘counter argument’ about how another person with a gun will be better to stop them is utter nonsense. I am not interested in becoming collateral damage because Starbucks’ supported this stupidity. What more will it take for Starbucks to be socially responsible? How many people shot by any stray/accidentally fired shots will it take? How many more INTENTIONALLY SHOT people will it take?

    If Starbucks is really “socially responsible” then they would make it company policy of NO FIREARMS ALLOWED [unless by duly sworn law enforcement.] Of course, Starbucks could be engaging in the old adage: “Any PR is Good PR.” But in this case, it will only come back in negative results. I will encourage others NOT to purchase ANYTHING from Starbucks and promote others to spend their money elsewhere, since Starbucks is more interested in catering to absolute idiots, or doesn’t care who gets killed — as long as they paid for that last latte.


  • Rochelle Ripley: August 10, 2013 11:17 am

    Doesn’t Starbucks assess its customer base? My guess is that the vast majority of their upper middle class customers don’t carry weapons around in public. At $5 a cup for coffee – they have already selected out their customer base. How about a week long boycott of Starbucks by customers? Bet they would realize their “base” is not happy.


  • Lisa: August 10, 2013 11:02 am

    What type of world does Starbucks think we are living in? 1776??? It’s pretty sad the message they are sending the future generations. We had a great country for many, many years and people were not carrying guns on their body’s. The message that they are sending is one that creates more fear. We are in desperate need of living a life of peace. Spreading that message is what our future generations and world need to survive. In the Bible it says “He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword”. We need to teach those teachings. What would Jesus do?


  • Dave Highfield: August 10, 2013 10:58 am

    Welcome to the Wild West where everyone at Starbucks is packing. This is dangerous and self-centered. The paranoid gun lobby has driven gun sales and profits to new highs while the gun violence continues. Starbucks cannot be neutral. I write this in memory of Cathy and Lou, innocents who died by gun violence.


  • Ron Glovier: August 10, 2013 10:53 am

    I will no longer ever spend a dime at another Starbucks. Seeing fat white rednecks carrying loaded guns round in public, dose not make me feel safe or relaxed.[ note I'm old ,fat, and white,really...really white. ]


  • Lani Matsen: August 10, 2013 10:52 am

    Been boycotting SB here in San Francisco in solidarity! Guns do not belong in coffee shops!


  • john: August 10, 2013 10:51 am

    Call the cops on everyone you see with a gun. You don’t know if they have the right to carry. They could be a felon. You just don’t know. Keep the cops busy checking these tools out and maybe they will ask that Starbucks ban weapons in their shops. Their reasoning is absurd, and living in the Seattle area, I’m surprised that they allow this stupidity.


  • Rick Rosio: August 10, 2013 10:36 am

    Not another penny will I spend there..nor any of my friends…..


  • Gail Just: August 10, 2013 10:33 am

    Even Starbucks running scared of the BIG GUN coalition in this country!! Come-on Starbucks show us some backbone! NO GUNS in your coffee shops!! Please!! P.S. Until further notice, I will find a safe haven at Peet’s Coffee down the street.


  • Dennis M: August 10, 2013 10:32 am

    Never trust a stranger with a gun….one of my basic rules to live by. Feeling the absense of trust is no place to sit and have a cup of coffee. I will continue to have mine at home with my wife and family


  • G J Bradford: August 10, 2013 10:31 am

    Although we don’t have this problem here, no gun crazed masses, we have cancelled our weekly meetings at Starbucks until it makes responsible changes concerning “extremist” support. I have also suggested- not mandated- to my employees and families to go elsewhere.


  • joseph falco: August 10, 2013 10:12 am

    I would rather not have to dive under a table with my biscotti and venti latte with low fat and nutmeg while two rednecks shoot it out over the last Franti CD on sale at the music kiosk


  • Adelia Ganson: August 10, 2013 9:57 am

    Why are ordinary citizens routinely exposed to deadly weapons? Why don’t we have the right to be safe in a coffee shop?


  • Grinning Libber: August 10, 2013 9:52 am

    Gun nuttery is a spiritual disease of fundamentally negative, fearful, self-absorbed and inferior people.


  • bill miller: August 10, 2013 8:43 am

    Stop letting the gun nuts win!


  • Dream: August 10, 2013 8:19 am

    Why stop there? Let’s open it up and have a little side room for junkies and prostitutes to hang out. No more SB’s for me……………


  • sandra russell: August 10, 2013 8:06 am

    Well, we asked and they said NO so I will never buy anything from Starbucks again. They have lost this customer for good. Life is stressful enough without having to worry what crazed or stupid person has a gun on them sitting right next to me in Starbucks.


  • nanci bucchianeri: August 10, 2013 7:57 am

    Won’t be experiencing a healthier visit to Starbucks anytime soon.


  • Dean W Short: August 10, 2013 7:38 am

    There are a multitude of other (less expensive) choices for coffee that are significantly safer and kinder to the sensible issue of what mixes sensibly with what. Simply put guns and coffee are not a synergy that works for me. I live in Tucson and voted for Gabby Giffords. Your insensitive policy has me avoiding your stores completely, forever.


  • Dave Jones: August 10, 2013 7:36 am

    Any person with a gun increases the risk of a shooting.


  • Fatima Roland: August 10, 2013 7:15 am

    I will never spend a dime @ Starbucks again. What a shame since is my favorite coffee shop.


  • Norine Duncan: August 10, 2013 7:11 am

    There is no need for anyone to have a gun in a coffee shop. I’ll take my business elsewhere.


  • Charles West: August 10, 2013 7:09 am

    I will not enter a Starbucks facility until this stupid policy is changed. There is absolutely NO GOOD REASON for ANYONE to carry a gun into such a place … except to rob it!


  • Mary Ann McKay: August 10, 2013 6:53 am

    No more Starbucks for me. This policy is ridiculous and dangerous to the health and welfare of not only me and my family but to all Starbucks employees who must work under these conditions. There is no “neutral” position here. If you allow people carrying guns to be welcome in your stores you are saying “yes”.


  • Ellen Goldin: August 10, 2013 6:07 am

    There’s a lot of other places to buy coffee.


  • julia sullivan: August 10, 2013 6:04 am

    That is the end of Starbucks’ for me. It may not make a big difference, but if all who are anti-assault weapons no longer buy Starbucks’ it may then make a big difference. It is a said day that a neighborhood gathering place is turned into a gun carrying haven.


  • Rachel Stenback: August 10, 2013 5:01 am

    Starbucks, stop being so cowardly. I used to love you but I despise how little regard you now show to families. Internationally, people already know what a problem the USA has with gun violence. That Starbucks takes “no” stand, which of course means advocating gun violence, harms Starbucks’ reputation and adds to the gun violence in the country by allowing gun owners to showcase themselves against the Starbucks backdrop. Never again can I feel safe at a Starbucks, nor love my experience there , until this horrible policy is changed. Shame on you, Starbucks!


  • Susan Klempan: August 10, 2013 4:27 am

    wow no smoking but guns are ok. We are really on the wrong side of the looking glass.


  • Luis: August 10, 2013 3:52 am

    I don’t buy their argument that they are morally out of the hook by “complying with local laws and statutes in the communities they serve”. Slavery was once compliant with laws and local statutes …


  • Don Dixon: August 10, 2013 3:40 am

    No skin off my nose, I do not like Starbucks coffee anyway. However, I would not feel comfortable having coffee with a group of upset crazy rednecks with guns milling about the restaurant.


  • deborah petruzzelli: August 10, 2013 2:45 am

    I am a long time customer and I am so disappointed in your open carry gun policy. I no longer feel safe in your stores.


  • Dave Brast: August 10, 2013 2:31 am

    I don’t drink coffee, but if I did, I wouldn’t go near a Starbuck’s.


  • Sal Cachola: August 10, 2013 2:26 am

    It does look like Starbucks is engaging in double-speak in an attempt to justify its spineless “neutrality” stand and in the process end up insulting the intelligence of its customers. In many bars and restaurants in our city of Memphis, guns are not allowed even in the face of a Tennessee law allowing open carry of weapons in public places. I need that kind of clear policy before I step in a Starbucks store again.


  • Gisela: August 10, 2013 1:55 am

    Boycott Starbucks until they ban guns just like they did smoking!


  • Deanna Dawson: August 10, 2013 1:36 am

    I will not be returning to Starbucks and I’ll be asking my friends and family to do the same until you change your stance on allowing guns in your stores. Do the right things for the communities you are a part of!


  • Dave Koch: August 10, 2013 1:35 am

    Regular customer but not anymore. You have competitors all over my conservative town that provide the same products but don’t allow open carry. They will love to have my business. Understand that i am a responsible gun owner and as such I understand tgat there are few occassions where open carry is responsible and almost never in a public space.


  • Lynda Ward: August 10, 2013 1:35 am

    I am a faithful Starbuck’s customer. I have tried, occasionally, not to be. I like to support smaller, more local businesses. I am addicted to coffee, however (not the sugary drinks and nonsense, but the beans, specifically the “bold” blends Starbucks offers. I am sad to think I must give Starbucks up, but what choice do they give me, diehard liberal that I am? Act locally, think globally, and all that. Damn.


  • Caryl Robinson: August 10, 2013 1:18 am

    oh great – fabulous job nurturing — and since you cannot respect, nor protect or even attempt to do so I will no longer be coming into your establishments, nor heading for the drive window, nor buying your products in grocery stores — fortunately we here in Seattle have lots of terrific coffee to choose from — what will it take for you to stand up- and be responsible? another “Café Racer” tragedy??? so disappointed…


  • Katherine Clarke: August 10, 2013 1:16 am

    Hilarious! Unbelievable! No second-hand smoke within 25 feet but I can go in fully armed? Hahahaha–you’re idiots.


  • Melissa Otero: August 10, 2013 1:16 am

    Screw you, Starbucks. As the mother of an 8 and 10 year old, I will NEVER step foot in another of your stores ever again. The choice you have made here is unconscionable. Enjoy your second amendment extremist clientele while they last, as those of us with a shred of decency and conscience will take our business elsewhere.


  • Skip Stembel: August 10, 2013 1:07 am

    I used to go to a Starbucks next to the gas station where I get my car serviced and wait for them to service my car. I used to spend about $80/year, not a lot I realize but it’s money I won’t be spending there anymore. Either Starbucks is a very dangerous place to go for coffee, thus a need to armed to g there, or (more likely) those gun nuts who openly carry firearms when they go to Starbucks are just doing it to bully, swagger, and intimidate unarmed patrons to feed their raging insecurity. So, no Starbucks for me.


  • Susan Barrett: August 10, 2013 1:02 am

    I’m sorry to say, I am afraid to enter any Starbucks store, and will probably never do so again.


  • Arlantion Coleman: August 10, 2013 12:40 am

    My 6 year daughter and I like to go to Starbucks, but I must say that I am not comfortable bringing my child into any place where it feels like a gun rally. I have no desire to expose my child to attitudes of violence or the idea that some danger is constantly lurking about so we all need to be armed. I am for sensible gun laws though I personally feel that guns aren’t the answer to our problems. I definitely prefer to shop at places that do not allow guns, especially when my child is with me.


  • Judith L. Hunter: August 10, 2013 12:40 am

    I absolutely LOVE Starbucks coffee, but am afraid to go there, as weaponry in a coffee shop is not my idea of a peaceful, safe environment. I shall forgo my desire for an iced caramel macchiato until such time as Starbucks corporate leaders come to their senses and ban guns from their shops. There are far too many guns out there and Starbucks seems to be encouraging the gun lovers to flaunt them.


  • Derek: August 10, 2013 12:39 am

    I don’t drink coffee and Starbucks just gave another reason not to start drinking it…


  • trsedwards: August 10, 2013 12:39 am

    what it is Time for is for people to stop going to starbucks because their fake ass coffee sucks really bad. .. and to get over this damned gun thing. guns are not going away. ever. Every person in history of intelligence and background in creating or changing governments for the Better, agrees that a freely armed citizenry is the only way to secure a free state/nation… you want to make the world safer? invest in kevlar and insist that police stop shooting innocent people.


  • Cornelia Schneider: August 10, 2013 12:38 am

    I am very disappointed in Starbucks. I work in Seattle, the birthplace of Starbucks. Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have always had the reputation of being progressive. We tend to be relaxed folks here, but not so relaxed that we can’t get steaming mad about Starbucks’ flagrant disrespect for the customers that made it great. Gun extremists didn’t make you great and profitable. It was the rest of us. It was the everyday person that wanted to go somewhere nice and relaxing for a cup of java. Allowing people to openly carry guns in your shops, while prohibiting guns in your corporate headquarters is a slap in the face. Shame. You should do what is fair. You don’t allow guns to be in the building housing your executives – you shouldn’t allow guns in buildings which house your customers and baristas.


  • Stephanie: August 10, 2013 12:33 am

    I really like Starbucks coffee but I am willing to give it up and boycott Starbucks if they allow guns.


  • Faith Luber: August 10, 2013 12:30 am

    It’s a cop-out on Starbucks’ part. They can certainly prohibit guns on their premises.


  • Tony Manzella: August 10, 2013 12:26 am

    NOW I KNOW WAY I WILL NOT BUY YOUR PRODUCT………………………….


  • lynn zamora: August 10, 2013 12:25 am

    Disgraceful & no more Starbucks for me


  • Bev Doan: August 10, 2013 12:21 am

    At first I thought this must be a joke. Surely Starbucks would never participate in sanctioning, and encouraging, a politically charged, and potentially dangerous event at all of their stores. But alas, it’s no joke, just a really bad decision on the part of Starbucks. This loyal customer will never enter a Starbucks again, and I doubt that I’m the only person who feels this way. Hope Starbucks is able to keep their seats filled with there arrogant new customers.


  • keepintime: August 10, 2013 12:15 am

    I’ve never cared for Starbucks’ atmosphere anyway, and their coffee products upset my tummy. Do count me in whatever boycot ensues. No great loss, in my view.


  • Rob Riley: August 10, 2013 12:06 am

    Usually these boycotts are of places I’d never go anyway, like Cracker Barrel or Chick Filet or whatever it’s called. But Starbucks, yeah, I’ve been a regular customer. No more.


  • sparky: August 10, 2013 12:00 am

    So you might be surprised by this, but do you know who has fantastic coffee??? McDonalds!!! I would never eat any of their food, but their coffee is excellent…and cheap.


  • D Tait: August 9, 2013 11:59 pm

    Boycott Starbucks. Or, drink their over priced coffee and get shot. Your choice.


  • Jamil Ali: August 9, 2013 11:53 pm

    It’s time for Starbucks to get on the side of common sense and say no to gun extremists.


  • Jo Anne Paul: August 9, 2013 11:53 pm

    There is no valid reason to allow guns in your stores. I have discovered International Coffee drinks in my grocery’s dairy case. I am saving money and do not have to look at some fat ass loser with a 3 inch penis sporting a Glock on his hip. So long Starbucks. It is too bad you don’t give a damn about the safety of your baristas. They are good people.
    Xsçs


  • Pat Fox: August 9, 2013 11:50 pm

    It won’t be much of a sacrifice to avoid $tarbuck$ since their coffee is mediocre at best and overpriced, but I am not spending a dime where armed gun nuts are celebrated.


  • Melanie James: August 9, 2013 11:48 pm

    My child (13 years-old) loves Starbucks, but we will not spend another dime there until it changes it’s policies. Why would I take my child into a place I know guns are welcome?


  • Alfredo La Mont: August 9, 2013 11:19 pm

    In a polítical argument Amy party can take one of three positions : in favor, against or neutral. Each of the three is a political stance. Starbucks has chosen to remain ” neutral “, that is, indifferent to pain guns have caused.


  • Linda Brady: August 9, 2013 10:55 pm

    If you allow guns in your stores you will lose a lot of your customers. It is all over Facebook today and a lot like me say no more Starbucks for me. Stand up for us not the gun nuts. Put Gun Free Zone signs in all your stores, that easy. Thank you Linda Brady.


  • Ann Montgomery: August 9, 2013 10:54 pm

    This is just another reason for people to stop going to Starbucks. Not only is their coffee bitter and expensive, now we have to worry about armed crazies. Will not be patronizing their stores anymore. Dunkin Donuts and Tim Horton will get my business.


  • Susan Dailey: August 9, 2013 10:41 pm

    In addition to the very important humane aspects of this, I have to wonder Starbucks who you think your market really is? Gun-toting extremists? Really? Or more likely well educated, probably mostly left professionals, occupiers, students, parents… I’m sure you know your demographics far better than I, but think about it…


  • marsha: August 9, 2013 10:35 pm

    Great letter! I am boycotting Starbucks until they apologize and put a gun-free zone sign in their windows.


  • lora kling: August 9, 2013 10:33 pm

    I am SO done with Starbucks! Guns??? Are you insane? Oh, yes, THAT is very soothing and relaxing. Thanks but no thanks!


  • Barbara: August 9, 2013 10:32 pm

    I have not stepped foot in a Starbucks since I heard of the policy to allow customers to carry loaded guns into their store. I will never step foot in a Starbucks as long as they convey the message that they are okay with customers carrying loaded guns into their store.


  • John: August 9, 2013 10:28 pm

    I am done with Starbucks. And I spend a lot there. But no more.


  • Yolanda Leaird: August 9, 2013 10:27 pm

    I don’t want to be anywhere near a person carrying a firearm. I have stopped buying anything from Starbucks. If Starbucks doesn’t care about my safety, I won’t give them any of my money


  • Sarah Gulla: August 9, 2013 10:25 pm

    Goodbye from a former customer. Disgraceful!!! Shame on you.


  • Linda Atkins: August 9, 2013 10:17 pm

    Heading to Houston next week..there is NO OTHER COFFEE SHOP than Starbucks where I am going..if some enterprising young person would start one, I’d appreciate it! I’ll steer clear of Starbucks..


  • Susan Davis: August 9, 2013 10:14 pm

    I believe Starbucks should ban guns in their shops because people don’t need to see armed people while they are enjoying their coffee. It would make me stay away from buying their products which I like very much…It is MY right not to feel threatened by the presence of armed men or women with loaded weapons .


  • Katrina Sparozic: August 9, 2013 10:11 pm

    While I support your cause greatly, and have taken part by contacting my government representatives about my beliefs concerning safety and gun laws, I do not agree with the villainization of Starbucks over this issue. I’m sure there are many business establishments that allow weapons on the premises. Singling out Starbucks over this issue seems petty, and I believe, makes our cause and those who stand for it look a little ridiculous. I would be much more supportive if we would stick to working with those who create and enforce laws and engaging in public education about gun violence facts and dangers.


  • M: August 9, 2013 10:10 pm

    There is no justification for this action by Starbucks. Even though states may have concealed or open carry laws, does not mean that any business is required to allow weapons. I view this as a “in-your-face” statement by corporate Starbucks as to their position on guns and gun laws. My own boycott has already begun.


  • James Bannerman: August 9, 2013 10:06 pm

    By allowing guns on their property, Starbucks is condoning this activity. While Starbucks may feel that is not “endorsing” it–the mere acceptance of such behaviour is an endorsement since the definition of endorse is to “Declare one’s public approval or support of something”.

    Additionally, I understand that Starbucks does not permit its employees to carry firearms. It seems absurd to have one standard for the public and another for Starbucks employees.

    If Starbucks truly does not endorse this uncivil behaviour, then it can ban the weapons from their stores.

    That is within Starbucks’ right as a property owner.


  • Karen Kitridge: August 9, 2013 10:01 pm

    If Starbucks cannot deem to provide a safe, enjoyable, kid-friendly, unscary, accident prone waiting to happen, public safety, non-smelly. non disgusting fat guys with guns environment, then maybe I might go back there…..but I dont think so. They can wrap their jobs braclets where it will cause limb lose. I don’t care – our kids are more important that Starbucks opinions. Its time corporations learned this.


  • Jacquelyn McCrary, PhD, LPC, NCC: August 9, 2013 9:53 pm

    I am shocked and dismayed to read that Starbucks is welcoming pro-gun activists to bring loaded guns into their stores. I can’t imagine why Starbucks would believe that allowing, or encouraging, people to carry their loaded guns into these very crowded stores, where coffee is being served and consumed, would be an appropriate idea. It’s very incongruent, in fact. I simply won’t be returning to Starbucks as a customer.


  • Shirley McGreal: August 9, 2013 9:52 pm

    I shall never enter a Starbucks again.


  • Bradley Kenny: August 9, 2013 9:52 pm

    I am outraged by the inaction of Starbucks in this matter, allowing guns in their stores! Unfortunately, they may be the market leader in selling coffee around the world, but they just lost one customer in myself. I really like a good coffee but there are alternatives even in Thailand ;where I work and live. I want a coffee shop to be a family place and allowing guns in stores is a recipe for disaster, accidents will happen and accidents with guns involved more many times are deadly! It is not worth the risk to take my family to Starbucks in the USA anymore and because of is USA practice I shall stop going to all Starbucks in the countries I regularly visit including my country of residence, THailnad, untill a corparate descission i s made to stop this madness!


  • Ken Barratt: August 9, 2013 9:51 pm

    Starbucks will now need to manage without my $4 or $5 a day. It’s Peets from now on. I’ll be safely free of guns there.


  • Pete Peterson Jr: August 9, 2013 9:41 pm

    When did allowing people carrying loaded weapons become a safe thing to do????? You must be crazy!!!


  • Robert Singer: August 9, 2013 9:40 pm

    Boycott! Hit them with a boycott. The gun activists come and go, but take away half their business and it will hurt. Ask Limbaugh and Clea Channel. NO ONE needs to display weapons while ordering coffee. The fact that the Newtown store allowed it until people protested speaks volumes. It was insensitive and just plain stupid to allow those idiots to come from out of town to make a senseless point in Newtown, where children were murdered. BOYCOTT STARBUCKS AND SHUT DOWN THE NEWTOWN STORE!!!
    (I am a gun owner and have a carry permit, but it is not a permit to be an ahole)


  • Jim Gulledge: August 9, 2013 9:31 pm

    Please stop being jerks. Allowing guns all over the place is a mistake.


  • Carol Tvaroh: August 9, 2013 9:23 pm

    I’ll never purchase anything from Starbucks. Ever.


  • Melissa Block: August 9, 2013 9:22 pm

    I can’t possibly understand or justify to myself or my coffee drinking friends why we should continue to spend money at Starbucks so they can pander to the paranoid and armed factions. I’ll simply spend my money at local coffee shops or drink soda. Boo Starbucks.


  • Marie: August 9, 2013 9:20 pm

    Its not a reversal of their position. But! Its a very big incentive to all of us. We made our voices heard. We made a difference. Take that initiative further! Call Starbucks or leave a message on their facebook page- we appreciate their sensitivity to Newtown and ask them to stand with us to promote gun safety. To promote a country that values peace and compassion over weapons. And ofcourse…. DONT FORGET TO VOTE! We have the power to change the country don’t let anyone fool you into thinking otherwise.

    We have a long road ahead of us, but lets acknowledge our victories. Starbucks went from saying the Newtown location was staying open to suddenly changing its mind after the backlash “we” created.


  • Deby Snell: August 9, 2013 9:19 pm

    Luckily a new Peets opened in our area so I will be giving my business to them from this day forward.


  • linda vallecillo: August 9, 2013 9:10 pm

    This is the most self-serving tripe I’ve heard. I will not buy Starbuck’s coffee ever again and I will not shop at a local grocery store that has a Starbucks’ café in it. I suppose you believe that bullets are safer than cigarettes. You are just pandering to the illiterates who think that carrying a gun makes everyone safer. How stupid can you be.?


  • Michael Swanson: August 9, 2013 9:05 pm

    Well, Starbucks, I’m going to comply with my stated practice of not patronizing any store which allows people to carry guns in it. Guess what? Within 1/4 miles of my closest Starbucks are a half dozen other coffee shops, most of them local, owner operated. And none of them make me remember grande and the rest of your pseudo-chic language.


  • Laura Grace Bordeaux: August 9, 2013 9:04 pm

    I really liked their music. And bottled Frappaccinos. Bye Bye forever, Starbucks. You will change this policy sooner or later, but it will be too late for many of us.



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