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Gun Advocates Have Started Descending on Starbucks En Masse

July 31, 2013

It is time for Starbucks to walk the talk as a company that claims to be committed to corporate responsibility, and to take the safety of our children and families as seriously as mothers do.

-Shannon Watts, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense In America

By Lauren Drewes Daniels, Dallas Observer

1012708_411143752336884_1232462701_nThere’s an interesting showdown that involves a volatile combination: gun advocates, upset moms and caffeine.

This past weekend the Sioux Falls Business Journal reported on a South Dakota Open Carry march that meandered along some quiet city streets before taking a break at a Starbucks, which was the pre-selected rendezvous point for the 60 or so gun-toting civilians

Unlike in Texas, where we have a concealed handgun laws, other states allow citizens to openly carry guns. To demonstrate that right, open-carry advocates have recently taken to the streets, guns out, to show they are responsible, peaceful gun owners.

Jesse Rierson with the South Dakota group told Peter Harriman of the Sioux Falls Business Journal that the march to Starbucks was “purposeful, since the corporation permits armed individuals in its stores in states where carrying firearms openly is legal.”

Reirson went on to say that he checked with both Starbucks’ national headquarters and local manager before promoting the event, a claim the company refutes. Danny Cowan with Starbucks’ global communication says they “never granted approval.”

Asked if they would grant approval for future open carry events, Cowan punted: “I can’t speak to that.”

It’s been a long-standing policy of the company to allow customers to carry guns where local laws permits them to do so. But having entire groups of up to 60 people meeting at the coffee shop could incite a new level of anxiety for bleary-eyed and hopped-up patrons alike.

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