from opencarrydotorg come these pearls of wisdom: "A right unexercised is a right lost." One VA citizen, Dale Welch, decided to "exercise," so he..... ....walked into a Starbucks in VA, gun strapped to his waist, and ordered a banana Frappuccino and cinnamon bun. He says the firearm drew a double-take from at least one customer, but not a peep from the baristas. Welch's foray was part of an effort by some gun owners to exercise their rights in states that allow people to open-carry firearms. Even in some open-carry states, businesses are allowed to ban guns in their stores. And some have, creating confrontations with gun owners. But Starbucks has refused, saying that it follows state and local laws and has its own safety measures in its stores.What safety measures? Cans of aerosol whipped cream to spray into a gunman's face? Cupfuls of hot water? Strong, able-bodied employees lifting a coffee urn and hurling it? No. They have a phone to dial 911 after the fact while they slip-slide on a blood-drenched floor. A Brady Campaign spokesman said, "If you want go out and make a little political theater in the local Starbucks--if that's what you want to spend your energy on--go right ahead. But going out and wearing a gun on your belt to show the world you're 'allowed to' is juvenile."Last Friday was 2/22 on the calendar and was deemed "Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day," or 222 Day. The 3rd two is symbolic of the 2nd Amendment. So catchy....such a nice ring to it!There were about 13,000 SBUX's in the U.S. as of last September with roughly 95,000 PT employees. The majority of them are eligible for full health insurance and stock awards, putting SBUX at # 73 on Fortune's list of America's top 100 employers. I don't feel that allowing carriers into their stores fits such a designation. Their decision to stick only to selling coffee and "obeying laws" and not entering the gun controversy in any way shows, IMO, a wanton disregard for wary customers eyeing a holster-strapped patron bent on exercising his By-God rights and not giving a damn what others think. 2 of SBUX's sizes are Tall and Bold. Those same 2 adjectives don't describe the company's stance of neutrality. The first word of my title does it better. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/28/starbucks-gun-polic...
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