Does the Second Amendment give you the right to carry a loaded gun into Starbucks? Starbucks seems to think so.
Click here to read my column on Starbuck’s decision to allow its customers to openly carry guns into its stores in states where carrying firearms is legal.
I’ve received several emails from people suggesting that I am somehow against the Second Amendment, and would like to take away everyone’s guns, just because I wrote a column suggesting that maybe carrying a gun into Starbucks isn’t such a great idea.
I’m a gun owner myself and have no problem with responsible people owning and carrying guns. I just don’t get these people who show up at private businesses with guns strapped to their belts.
Starbucks has the right to ask customers not to bring their guns into their stores, but it has chosen not to do so. This decision has upset thousands of its customers. Here’s an email I received from one of them:
I’ve already e-mailed Starbucks and given them my view regarding their “gun” policy. I’m just waiting for the headlines “Gunman shoots Starbuck’s staff member because he did not like his latte.”
Since my 14 year old son was accidentally killed when my neighbors son took a gun onto a public golf course to hunt jack rabbits, I have actively supported the Brady organization and am active in supporting proper gun controls at state level. For the past twenty years I have repeatedly given testimony in the Colorado State Capital fighting the gun advocates. You see what really hurts is the fact that no-one was held responsible for my son’s death, it was and still is perfectly legal for a 15 year old to take and discharge a gun on a public golf course!
I am not against guns and have many hunter friends who have several guns all securely locked away. But the difference between a sensible gun owner and a gun lobbyist is that the sensible gun owner support sensible gun controls and also cannot see why the extreme gun advocate’s want to openly display guns in public like bullies trying to intimidate the public. What is the point of wanting to display their guns, “don’t cross me I have a gun” it is certainly not for protection?
I have come in direct contact with some of these “over zealous gun advocates” many times. It has not been a pleasant experience. I’ve received comments from “get back where you came from bitch”, (I’m British by birth American by choice) to being tugged at with the comment “we’ll save you.” OK but who is going to save me from them?
Flu epidemics make the front page. Gun deaths the back page, that is if they are reported at all. Yet there were more gun deaths during the flu epidemic than from the flu.
I wonder what our forefathers would think of all this? I wonder, would they have the courage, unlike our present politicians, to legislate proper & sensible gun controls.
Thank you for your article.
Incidentally, my California son & his wife did spend more than $10,000 a year on coffee and gift cards for their clients. They also support gun control but because of the Starbuck policy no longer buy the gift cards or drink Starbuck coffee.