Starbucks Guns: CEO Howard Schultz Says Weapons Not Welcome

Image: Starbucks Guns: CEO Howard Schultz Says Weapons Not Welcome

Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 11:19 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz stepped into the guns debate, saying Tuesday he wanted to discourage customers from carrying guns into its stores and outside dining areas.

Schultz told USA Today that while he is not calling for an outright ban on guns at Starbucks, he would like to see his stores become as much of a gun-free zone as possible. He said the company is taking out full-page newspaper advertisements announcing the company's view in Thursday's editions of USA Today, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post.

"The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers," said Schultz.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

The announcement comes just days after the mass-killing left 13 dead at Washington's Navy Yard. Schultz told USA Today that the timing of the policy is unrelated. He said the coffee company seriously considered delaying the announcement after Monday's shooting, but decided to move forward.

Schultz said that while Starbucks already concedes to gun laws in each particular state on open carry, some have taken that as a company position on gun rights.

"Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called 'Starbucks Appreciation Days' that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of 'open carry,'" Schultz said. "To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores. Some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction, including soliciting and confronting our customers and partners."

Along with the gun-rights "Starbucks Appreciation Day," Forbes magazine pointed to an event at a Sioux Falls, S.D. Starbucks on July 28 that attracted some 6o people carrying handguns, shotguns and semi-automatic rifles as another possible flashpoint for the announcement.

"At this point we'll sit and monitor the situation," said Schultz. "We're hoping that most people will honor the request. But even if gun-carrying customers don't honor the request, we'll serve them with a smile and not confront them."

Urgent: Will Obamacare Hurt Your Wallet? Vote Here Now

CBS News reported that the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which was formed the day after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, had been organizing "Skip Starbucks Saturdays" to urge the coffee company to ban guns at its stores.

Related stories:

Snake in Starbucks! Customer Finds Reptile Draped Across Toilet


'Starbucks Appreciation Day' Stirs Controversy Over Gun Rights


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
 
 
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved