On Valentine’s Day 2012, a nationwide boycott of Starbucks stores and its products was called for by National Gun Victim’s Action Council (NGVAC), the Episcopal Peace Fellowship and the Fellowship of Reconciliation (over 100 chapters and religious peace fellowships). As of April 7, 2013 over 10,000 former Starbucks customers have stopped spending over $11 million per year at Starbucks—the numbers keep growing.
Currently, Starbucks allows guns and assault weapons to be openly carried in its stores (in 43 states) and concealed and carried in its stores (in 49 states). Starbucks’ compliance with the National Rifle Association’s Pro-Gun Agenda was exposed when members of the “open carry” movement began meeting in popular chains, such as California Pizza Kitchen, Peets, IKEA, Disney and Starbucks openly carrying their handguns and assault rifles.
To protect their customers and employees, all of the retail chains—except for Starbucks— banned guns from being carried in their stores. Starbucks said they were just following local laws but local laws also allow them to ban guns. They rejected the “ban option” and instead choose the “carry guns option.”
Starbucks has the legal right to ban guns but despite having been petitioned by thousands, asked at a shareholder meeting, and a direct appeal made to their Board, Starbucks clings to this policy that puts millions of Americans at risk every day and encourages the spread of guns being carried in public. Open carry members cite Starbucks acceptance of open carry as proof of the reasonableness of open carry.
- Starbucks knows guns are dangerous, they ban them from their corporate headquarters but they expose their customers to a risk they will not take.
- They do not even warn their customers of the danger by posting signs saying ”GUNS ARE ALLOWED IN THIS STARBUCKS STORE”.
- Among the guns Starbucks approves in its stores are the Glock 19 used by the Tucson murderer (killed six, wounded 14 in less than a minute) and the AR-15 used by the murderer in the Newtown massacre.
- As a major player in corporate America, Starbucks could be a leader in promoting gun safety —it chooses not to be— Starbucks chooses to support the NRA’s Pro-Gun Agenda.
Elliot Fineman, CEO of NGVAC says, the boycott will end when Starbucks rejects the NRA’s Pro-Gun agenda by banning all guns from their stores and committing to be an Aggressive Corporate Advocate for sane gun laws.”
To participate in the Starbucks “Brew not Bullets” Boycott, click the button below to send them the explanatory email (add your own comments) and tell us how much you will not be spending at Starbucks until they ban guns from their stores.