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Starbucks Has Gun Control Supporters Up in Arms

“Skip Starbucks Saturday” wants folks to boycott the coffee chain on Aug. 24 to force a change in the company’s guns allowed policy.

Are you skipping Starbucks on Saturday, Aug. 24? Credit: Patch File Photo
Are you skipping Starbucks on Saturday, Aug. 24? Credit: Patch File Photo

By Associate Regional Editor Sherri Lonon

Gun control supporters are hoping Starbucks coffee lovers will join their cause this Saturday, Aug. 24 by foregoing caffeine fixes at Clearwater and other locations to send a message to the national chain.

“Skip Starbucks Saturday” says the company’s policy of allowing people to tote guns in the store if state law permits it is part of the gun control problem, according to USAToday.com. They’re aiming to fix that by staging the national boycott.

"Many moms are unaware that if they take their children to Starbucks, their children may be standing next to a customer who has a loaded weapon," Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, was quoted by USA Today as saying.

Starbucks allows guns in its stores in 43 states, including Florida, where a woman was shot in St. Petersburg in May after another customer dropped her purse, causing the gun inside to go off.

Check out USA Today’s full story here.

Moms Demand Action also has a petition drive going to get Starbucks' attention. Check it out on the nonprofit's website.

What do you think about Starbucks’ policy, Clearwater? Share your thoughts by commenting below! 

Cheryl August 23, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Really?! Ugh, people. Those same people would be going into other stores you shop if they are permitted. It's a little silly and drama-seeking to make such a big deal out of a chain of stores that sell coffee responsible for gun control. That's about like blaming Morgan Freeman for not curing disease because he played God one time in a movie. If you want to do something positive for your community, instead of walking by a piece of trash, pick it up and throw it away (think how much would get picked up if everyone got just one). Or get involved in your townhall meetings. Hey, spend that energy on Saturday volunteering. But seriously... Calling yourself an advocate of change by supplementing your caffeine fix at Dunkin Doughnuts instead of Starbucks is a lame gesture. You probably spent more time discussing "how horrible those gun-toters" are, than it would have taken to help a kid with their homework through the Big Brother/Big Sister program or gone to a senior's home to just visit for an hour.

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