“BREW not BULLETS”: Starbucks Boycott
Let Starbucks know you won’t support them while they continue to support the NRA’s pro-gun agenda.
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I am joining the ongoing “BREW not BULLETS”: Starbucks Boycott that was launched on Valentine’s Day 2012. I will not visit Starbucks stores or buy any Starbucks products wherever they are sold until your company joins other national chains — including Disney, IKEA, California Pizza Kitchen, Peet’s Coffee and others — in banning handguns and assault rifles from your stores and becoming an advocate for sane gun laws.
In addition, I want to express my outrage at the cowardice Starbucks has shown by knowing how dangerous guns are—you have banned them at your headquarters to protect your CEO—yet willingly exposing customers to the very risks you will not take. You do not even have the decency to warn us by displaying a sign saying “Guns Are Allowed In Our Stores.” This is despicable behavior. It is not what a socially conscious company would be.
Thousands of people have petitioned you, asked at your shareholder meetings and appealed directly to your Board for you to ban guns in your stores. And when asked again, after the Newtown massacre, you reaffirmed your “Guns Welcome Policy.” Your refusal exposes Starbucks as a vigorous supporter of the NRA’s lethal pro-gun agenda.
Your policy of welcoming guns like the automatic weapon used by the Tucson shooter or the Newtown killer into your stores—either openly carried or concealed—is shocking. Starbucks has the legal right, as per local law in all 50 states, to ban guns. Please assert this right, reject the NRA’s lethal pro-gun Agenda and become a corporate advocate in the struggle for sane gun laws. Until Starbucks does this, I will continue my boycott.