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the starbucks buycott

I do not drink coffee, but I appreciate companies that respect our individual rights to self-defense and self-preservation, and I further enjoy reminding anti-rights cultists how increasingly irrelevant they are making themselves; thankfully, Starbucks sells some stuff other than coffee:

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The barista manning our local Starbucks seemed completely unfazed by my People of the Gun ballcap, and she commented to the customer before me (an apparent regular) that the day had been busier than normal.  So much for the boycott… not as though we expected the <200 people signed up for it to make that big of an impact on a multi-million-dollar-a-day corporation. 

One important thing in this entire "buycott", however, is to remain honest: Starbucks does not "support" open carry. That talking point is a rather pernicious lie started by the "gun control" extremists and unfortunately perpetuated by my fellow pro-rights advocates, but the truth is that Starbucks has no official position on open carry or "gun control" in general. Instead, Starbucks has made it abundantly clear, through every official communication I have seen from them on the topic, that they simply choose to abide by whatever the state laws are wherever their stores and branches are located – if concealed carry is permitted by the state, they allow it; if open carry is permitted by the state, they allow it; if nothing is permitted by the state, they make no objection.

In truth, I see this as the most reasonable position for any corporations or companies with public stores/branches/offices/etc. – Starbucks is not intentionally limiting their customer base by either prohibiting those people who chose to exercise their Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms, but neither are they scaring off the hoplophobes by putting up a "Lawful Carry Allowed Here" sign or its equivalent. After all, a business’ purpose is to separate people from their money, and telling people they are not welcome at your business is a lousy way to get their money.

All that said, I applaud Starbucks for standing up to the bullying thugs at the National Gun Victims Action Council, and thank them for continuing to quietly respect our rights. In a perfect work, this never would have been an issue, but apparently the frothing-at-the-mouth anti-rights cultists are simply incapable of tolerating opinions that are different from their own, even to the point of demanding tithes from those who disagree with them. Would that the spittle flecking their lips came from a latte, rather than their own delusional rage.

11 comments to the starbucks buycott

  • My nearest Starbucks is part of the Fort Huachuca Exchange food court, so any kind of carry is forbidden for anyone other than Military Police. That being said, I participated in the buycott, with a gun magazine and a flyer announcing the opening of the Fort Huachuca Exchange’s new Firearms and Ammunition counter filling in for a firearm.

  • MAJ Mike

    I went. Wore my NRA jacket and EOTech cap. Usual pousers playing with their laptops and smart phones. Left a $2 tip after receiving my pver-priced cafe moccha.

  • SGB

    I went, bought and talked. Got the manger to come shoot with me in two weeks. So that was nice. But you’re correct in your summation.

  • Circumstances kept me from going yesterday (which is irritating, since it’s literally only 2 blocks from work*), but I will try to go this weekend to pick something up for the next care package to a buddy that’s serving in Afghanistan right now.

    I don’t normally do Starbucks – there’s a local chain called “Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea” that has much better quality coffee and tea – so even if it’s not the right date, it’s still a special purchase that I would usually make somewhere else.

    * Even more irritating than some might think. As Linoge no doubt remembers, the blocks here aren’t really very big compared to some places.

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  • @ AuricTech: That certainly meets my (non-existent) requirements for the buycott ;).

    @ MAJ Mike: Yeah, I would not be a regular customer of Starbucks even if I did drink coffee… their prices are, quite frankly, absurd.

    @ SGB: Nice! I was not tremendously chatty, and the coat I was wearing probably concealed my sidearm more than I necessarily wanted, but I already contacted Starbucks corporate, thanking them for remaining neutral, so I figure that counts.

    @ Jake: My understanding (and given how atrocious their webpage is, this understanding could very well be wrong) is that the NGVAC is running an ongoing boycott of Starbucks, so whenever you can stop by is good enough :).

    And, yeah, for being a college town, Blacksburg is rather… wee… is it not?

  • Matthew Carberry

    Another way to put it is that Starbucks, as a good corporate citizen, respects the rule of law and thus the demonstrated will of the people of the states in which it operates.

    Why doesn’t the NGVAC respect their neighbor’s wishes on what is legal? Seems awful undemocratic to me.

  • You hit a VERY important point. Starbucks isn’t being pro gun, they just don’t want to be part of this fight. And they don’t have to be.

    http://koifishcommunications.com/blog/branding/keeping-brand-politics-001123/

  • @ Matthew Carberry: Predictably, “gun control” extremists are only interested in “the will of the people” when that will goes along with their desires to disarm everyone and everything. If that will ever differs from their chosen line, well, it must be surpressed, silenced, and generally shot-down at every available opportunity.

    Choice is an anathema to them, and their fixations on firearms only shows that point in stark clarity – after all, if you have a firearm, you can say “no” with absolute conviction, to anyone and anything.

    @ Dean: Why thank you. Starbucks just wants to sell coffee. The decision of the “gun control” bullies and thugs to drag them into this fight was wholly unwarranted and unnecessary, and was simply due to their inability to get open carry outlawed; if you can get something to be shunned by society, that works sometimes better than laws.

    And, as Sean says, the anti-rights cultists rather consider Starbucks to be their stomping grounds, so they are particularly peeved that the corporation is not coming over to their side.

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