Should Gun Owners Still Buy Coffee at Starbucks?

Guns and CoffeeShould gun owners still buy coffee at Starbucks? That’s a question Second Amendment supporters should ask themselves following today’s news.

It was widely reported today that coffee chain Starbucks Corp has asked U.S. customers to leave their guns at home after being dragged into the debate over U.S. gun rights in the wake of multiple mass shootings.

Chief Executive Howard Schultz said in an open letter to customers late Tuesday that Starbucks Appreciation Day events “disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of ‘open carry.’ To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores.” The letter will appear in major U.S. newspapers on Thursday, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. The coffee chain did not, however, issue an outright ban on guns in its nearly 7,000 company-owned cafes, saying this would potentially require staff to confront armed customers.

I am a frequent customer at Starbucks and am familiar with Starbucks’ political culture, so I wasn’t too surprised when I first heard about this story. However, this situation is a little more complicated that what it first appears. This article explains that Starbucks was stuck in the middle of the gun debate, with both sides trying to use Starbucks to support their position and involving Starbucks employees in the debate.

I understand that Starbucks is a corporation and its focus is on selling coffee and making money (even though CEO Schultz has publicly talked about gay marriage and the national debt). I support Starbucks’ right, as a private business, to make the decision whether it wants guns at its private store locations. However, those decisions do have consequences!

This brings me back to the question at the beginning of this post. Mr. Schultz told Reuters, “I’m not worried we’re going to lose customers over this. I feel like I’ve made the best decision in the interest of our company.” I can’t speak for others; I can only say that this regular Starbucks customer is now a “former” customer.

If you feel the same way, let Starbucks know.

Store customer service: call toll free at 1-877-421-9062 or email to

Starbucks coffee company: call toll free at 1-800-782-7282 or send a comment through the website.

About Bud

Yeehaw and Git-R-Done!! I'm just a simple good ole boy who "clings to his God and his guns." In other words, another dumb redneck gun owner you should ignore. That's what the gun confiscation crowd wants you to think, and it's how they falsely portray the majority of gun owners. Read some of the posts on this blog and draw your own conclusions. Then you might want to start questioning everything the government and media tell you about gun issues . . .

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