A few years back the ubiquitous coffee distribution chain Starbucks let it be known that as long as their patrons followed federal, state and local law, they could carry and possess weapons in their places of business. The No Guns Allowed signs came down.
Why this is weird and/or shocking is weird and/or shocking.
And the gunnie community jumped on the bandwagon, promoting Starbucks within it’s ranks as a gun-friendly place. I’m certain their revenues increased. And two or three anti-gun rights freaks boycotted and wrote scathing letters!
Sadly, while O.C. (open carry) might be legal in many parts of the country, culturally it’s looked-down-upon, at least in some areas. And parts of the gunnie community attempted to push the envelope by attending Starbucks in open possession of all manner of weaponry, including shotguns and rifles.
If we look ‘normal’ and unthreatening, it will become a cultural norm, and so on…
Sadly, there continue to be hoplophobes. Those folks who see a real firearm from 50 yards away (or a toy or a squirt gun, or a paintball gun, or a child making a pistol image with his thumb and forefinger) AND THEY FREAK OUT!
And many of these folks (the previous two or three?) wrote threatening letters to businesses with whom they have issues.
Starbucks recently responded, stating while the current policy remains in force, they are asking the firearms community to leave their guns at home!
I, for one, had hopes the fear subculture would change, and bringing a rifle or a pistol into a place of business wouldn’t be looked at any more askance than bringing a wallet. Seriously, when I see someone with a gun in public, as long as it’s not being pointed at someone, my first thought is ‘Cool! What kind is it?’
I don’t get coffee out much and rarely at Starbucks, anyway. Guess, if I do, I’ll continue to carry concealed. But, at their policies and prices, I’ll probably go to Dutch Bros.! Locally, they had an armed employee stop a robbery of their shop, and they didn’t fire him!
They gave him a raise!