Before I begin to talk about how coffee and guns are being discussed in the same story, I would like to send my condolences and prayers out to the victims and families of those involved in the terrible tragedy that occurred at the navy yard. This event is one of too many that has plagued our country in the past few years. But, like always there are people and organizations that are ready and waiting to make political points off a terrible story.
Now back to how coffee and guns are tied together, in particular Starbucks coffee. The CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, put out a statement basically saying that guns are no longer welcome in the cafes, though the statement stops short of outright banning them. The CEO is basically relying on the honor system, in the fact that they are trusting customers not to bring guns into their cafes. Schultz says he did not want to get in the middle of the gun debate, but in fact he now is right in the middle of it by putting out this statement.
Starbucks is now trying to walk a tightrope on the issue by trying to address the issues that gun rights and gun control advocates have. This tightrope act also shows just how hotly contested this issue is in American society. This is of course because of the recent mass shooting and previous ones that have taken place throughout the past couple years.
Starbucks is known for being a liberal leaning corporation, and is now being criticized by gun rights advocates for going around local laws. Most states have laws that allow citizens to carry licensed guns, and most companies and organizations do not have laws banning firearms in their stores.
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