Official Statement: Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America On Starbucks'
Approving Rallies Of Armed Gun Advocates Inside Stores
INDIANAPOLIS, July 29, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --We are concerned and angry that
management at Starbucks headquarters is approving plans for armed gun
advocates to rally in its stores across the country, including a meeting this
past weekend inside a Sioux Falls store. Starbucks management at headquarters
and in-state approved the meeting in advance, but did not notify customers,
who were understandably alarmed when more than 60 gun advocates – armed with
everything from handguns to semi-automatic rifles to shotguns – were welcomed
inside the store (http://tinyurl.com/k536u35).
In the past, Starbucks has taken a 'neutral' position on gun-related issues,
claiming their policy to allow loaded weapons inside stores is based on local
laws and statutes. However, that 'neutral' position was shattered when both
national and local Starbucks management approved this past weekend's in-store
rally. Gun advocates (opencarry.org) have begun using Starbucks as a common
meeting destination across the country because they are able to bring loaded
weapons inside. A similar meeting by the same group is being planned for Wed.,
July 31, 2013, at a Starbucks in Seattle at 1^st and Pike.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is calling on Starbucks to stop
allowing these armed meetings inside stores, and to immediately ban guns from
all of its stores in all states. Starbucks has the legal right to prohibit
firearms in its stores in the interest of its customers' safety, but has
chosen not to do so, despite the shootings and shooting deaths that have taken
place inside Starbucks. 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.
About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding
drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
(www.momsdemandaction.org) was created to build support for common-sense gun
reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding
new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the
safety of our children and families. In just over seven months, the
organization has more than 100,000 members with more than 90 local chapters in
40 states across the country.
SOURCE Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Contact: Shannon Watts, Founder, Phone: 404-580-3500, Email:
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