In the latest knee jerk political action, in the wake of this week’s shooting in Washington D.C., Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced that guns are no longer welcome in Starbucks stores.
In a letter posted on the company website, Schultz made it clear that Starbucks never really supported the 2nd amendment, but instead was thrust into the debate when Pro-gun activists used their stores as a political stage for media events.
Schultz said on the company’s website:
Today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas—even in states where “open carry” is permitted—unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about what’s happened here. First, by making their stores gun-free zones, all Starbucks has done is let criminals know they can now target their stores, and their customers without fear of repercussion. Gun-Free Zones do nothing to stop crime; they only help criminals get away!
The mixed feelings come from some of the idiotic pro-gun activists (who Schultz mentions in the letter) who in my opinion are only out there to stir up trouble. In no way do I support, or think gun-free zones are a good thing. Unfortunately, there’s a certain segment of the pro-gun crowd that’s making it easier for companies like Starbucks to ban guns altogether.
YouTube is filled with video after video of people who are purposely going out and filming themselves open carrying ar15s, shotguns and multiple handguns inside stores across the country. Do we have the right to do this? HELL YES WE DO, but what these people are doing is in no way helping our cause.
When I carry my guns, it’s not to make a political statement – it’s to keep myself and my family safe from criminals. Unfortunately we have a number of people out there, led in large part by a couple of websites that I will not give any more unneeded attention, that are purposely upping the ante hoping for a response.
Do we have the right to carry? YES, but walking around Walmart with your finger on the trigger of an ar15 so you can, “make a statement” is just idiotic, and it’s going to wind up getting someone killed. If I see some jackass walking through the store dressed in tactical gear with his finger near the trigger, my first thought isn’t man am I proud to be a gun owner, it’s to leave the store because something bad is about to happen.
I think Open Carry is a great thing, something that’s saved a countless number of lives. But again, there’s a difference between carrying a gun for defense, and carrying a gun to provoke a response or reaction. If you don’t know how to safely handle a gun, leave it at home because you’re now a threat to my safety when you carry like an idiot!
In my opinion, the people in these videos are provocateurs – some of whom should not own a gun.
Now before anyone works themselves into a full blown fit, I 100% support the 2nd amendment and the right for everyone in this country to be armed. What I don’t support is a bunch of armed assholes walking around with their fingers on the trigger. If you own a gun, you need to know how to safely carry it and use it.
Do the people in the above screenshots look at all responsible? I’m pretty sure pointing the barrel of your rifle towards your face is one of the first things you learn not to do!
In a large portion of these online videos, where people are purposely trying to provoke a response from authorities, I see people that have no idea how to hold, operate or safely carry a gun. Carrying a gun is a huge responsibility, one that 99% of gun owners take very seriously.
Unfortunately, we now have a very small part of the gun community – who I would argue don’t give two shits about our right to carry, and are only interested in getting their 5 minutes of fame by posting stupid videos on YouTube and various websites that are designed to rile people up – who are now making it easier for the anit-gun crown to lump us all into the same group.
I 100% support the 2nd amendment, the right to conceal or open carry, and the right to free speech and expression. That being said, I think we all have to watch out for some of the people who are making it harder for us to do.