More on Brady Campaign drive to ban guns at Starbucks
More on Starbucks still keeping to its guns here:
Many businesses have banned customers from openly carrying firearms in states that otherwise allow it, though Starbucks has yet to prevent anyone from packing heat in its stores.
Gun owners across the country are exercising and advertising their rights to carry guns in states that allow it, with many walking into businesses with a handgun strapped to their waists. However, businesses are allowed to ban guns from their stores—even in those "open carry" states.
Some have outlawed firearms, creating political confrontations with gun owners.
Meanwhile, gun control advocates say such displays destroy the tranquility of places that people expect to be free of guns. A petition demanding that Starbucks ban guns from its stores has quickly gained 26,000 signatures. . . .
Even more on Starbucks.
The major news media was replete with reports over the weekend that the coffee company, Starbucks, "has no problem with customers packing heat while placing their orders."
"The coffee giant says it won't take issue with gun owners who take advantage of 'open carry' laws and bring firearms into their restaurant." (Source: NBC News)
To tell you the truth, I'm not sure why this is even considered "newsworthy." Perhaps because Starbucks is a Seattle-based company that caters to the "yuppie" crowd? Maybe because the anti-gun national news media is shocked and chagrined at Starbucks' statement? Who knows? That Starbucks would not want to alienate millions of gun owners (many of whom lawfully carry concealed weapons for personal protection) makes perfectly good sense to me. I'm sure the statement by Starbucks has little to do with guns and everything to do with business. But the fact is, there are tens of thousands of lawfully armed citizens who carry either concealed or open that have been peacefully doing business with thousands of companies around the country for years.
At last glance, 12 states allow unrestricted open carry. Those states are Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, Vermont, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia. Plus, at least 13 other states allow restricted open carry (meaning a permit is required). I know it infuriates gun-grabbing liberals to admit this, but the facts are absolutely undeniable that an armed citizenry is far and away a more civilized and peaceful citizenry. . . .