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Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, And National Gun Victims Action Council Urge Starbucks CEO



  Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, And
National Gun Victims Action Council Urge Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz To Meet
                 With Newtown Families, Ban Guns From Stores

PR Newswire

NEWTOWN, Conn. and INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 23, 2013

NEWTOWN, Conn. and INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gun
violence prevention organizations Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Demand Action
for Gun Sense in America and National Gun Victims Action Council support the
signers of an open letter published today to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
asking him to ban guns from all stores
(http://newtownaction.org/open-letter-to-starbucks/): "If you make the
decision to ban guns, your company has the chance to honor the 26 innocent
lives lost here in Newtown and the 32,000 Americans lost annually to gun
violence by becoming a leader in educating the public about firearm safety. "

The signers of the letter – who include Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy,
Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Murphy, Rep. Elizabeth Esty, and several Sandy
Hook Elementary School victims' families – ask Schultz to meet to discuss
Starbucks' current policy allowing concealed and open carry of loaded weapons
inside stores: "We know your company not only understands but takes pride in
its responsibility to promote the growth of a safe and just society. That is
why we invite you to join us for a cup of coffee at our Starbucks in Newtown
so we can talk about your company's policy and gun violence in America."

In an article in today's Wall Street Journal (http://on.wsj.com/16kqP16), a
representative for Starbucks said, "We welcome the opportunity to meet with
the Newtown family members who have signed this letter to directly discuss
their concerns." We urge Starbucks to follow through with its promise to meet
with Newtown families about the company's risky gun policy that intimidates
and endangers its customers. The organizations urge Schultz to meet with the
letter signers in September at the Newtown Starbucks where the threat of an
armed rally forced Starbucks to close the local store two weeks ago.

Newtown Action Alliance, Moms Demand Action and National Gun Victims Action
Council are also encouraging their members to send a message to Starbucks by
signing and sharing a petition asking Starbucks to change its policy
(http://momsdemandaction.nationbuilder.com/sb2013). Representatives from all
three organizations will hand-deliver the petition to Starbucks' Seattle
headquarters once it reaches 25,000 signatures.

Although Starbucks has stated that its policy is to "comply with local laws,"
it has a history of going above and beyond local laws in the interest of
consumer safety.  Most recently, it banned smoking outside of its stores where
it would otherwise be legal to smoke. It also prohibits guns at its corporate
headquarters, and does not allow its employees to carry firearms. Armed
rallies are being held by gun advocates at Starbucks across the country, and
customers take advantage of the company's lax policy by openly carrying
everything from handguns to semi-automatic assault rifles in its stores.

Newtown Action Alliance
Newtown Action Alliance is a Newtown Connecticut-based grassroots 501(c)(4)
advocacy organization working as a catalyst for smarter, safer gun laws and
broader cultural change to reduce gun violence. Find out more at
www.newtownaction.org.

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
legislation. 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 eight months, the
organization has more than 100,000 members with chapters in every state across
the country.

National Gun Victims Action Council 
The National Gun Victims Action Council (NGAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
network of 14 million gun victims, survivors, their families, supporters, the
faith community, secular organizations working on gun violence reduction and
ordinary people leveraging their economic (buying) power to change America's
gun laws.  NGAC can be found at www.gunvictimsaction.org.

SOURCE Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America

Website: http://www.newtownaction.org
Website: http://www.momsdemandaction.org
Website: http://www.gunvictimsaction.org
Contact: Newtown Action Alliance, Po Murray, Vice Chair, 203-512-1778,
pmurray@newtownaction.org; Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America,
Shannon Watts, Founder, (404) 580-3500, swatts@momsdemandaction.org; National
Gun Victims Action Council, Emma Iannini, Field Director, (203) 448-9072,
e.iannini@gunvictimsaction.org
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