The Brady Campaign to Prevent Lawful Self Defense, an organization vocally opposing your right to private firearm ownership, has been losing their battles to disarm law-abiding citizens in federal, state, and local elections. They lose with their ballot initiatives on election days. They lose with their cases in the court system. They lose in the public opinion polls. And they are even losing with donations. The only thing they succeed at is, well, failing.
Now the anti-gun Brady Campaign has turned its sights (metaphorically speaking, since they wet their pants at the sight of a firearm) on private property. In particular, they’ve taken aim on Starbucks. The Brady organization claims to have 25,000 petition signatures demanding that Starbucks prohibit firearms in their privately owned coffee shops. You see, the Brady Campaign does not approve of law-abiding adults with permits to carry concealed handguns from doing so for self defense on public or private property. Furthermore, they also condemn the open carry of safely holstered handguns for self defense by law-abiding adults.
Starbucks’ response? They hurt the Brady folk’s feelings when they told them, “Starbucks does not have a corporate policy regarding customers and weapons; we defer to federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding this issue.” We need to reward Starbucks’ refusal to cave to the arrogant demands of the Brady Campaign – first by telling their corporate office that you enjoy their products and that you will continue to support their company because they support your right to self defense.
However, as free market advocates, we’re going to do more than just say thank you in emails – we’re going to thank Starbucks with our business. Joe Huffman has declared this Sunday February 21st to be Starbucks Appreciation Day. To quote Joe:
I would like to suggest we do this without an overt display of firearms. Our message of Starbucks Appreciation will be overshadowed by the known presence of firearms if we make having a firearm on our person the point of the message. Let’s keep it simple and let the barista and manager know why we’re making a purchase that day.
You can get the message across just as well by saying something like:
Please know I’m here because firearm owners across the country want to show Starbucks our appreciation for your decision not to ostracize customers who own and carry guns.
So on Sunday, tell the Brady Campaign to go to hell; then go buy a cup of Joe at Starbucks and make sure you thank both the barista and manager and let them know that you’re supporting Starbucks because Starbucks supports your right to self defense.
-Starbucks image with handguns is from Seattle Weekly.
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