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Starbucks says guns unwelcome, though not banned

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“Starbucks Appreciation Days,” in which gun rights advocates turned up at Starbucks cafes with firearms.

Do they dress the guns in little outfits, too?

the company banned smoking within 25 feet (7.5 meters) of its stores

As reported by FARK: Wouldn't 25 feet put them in front of another store?

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Starbucks, give it your best shot. And your best shot.

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So alright to carry guns and have them in stores but not to smoke. Weird.

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Why on Earth would you take a gun with you to have some coffee anyway?

Most U.S. states allow people to openly carry licensed guns in some way and many companies do not have laws banning firearms in their stores.

Oh, do they wear cowboy hats and spurs too? Yee-haw!

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Personally I think carrying a firearm outside one's home for reasons other than transport or a known threat is asking for trouble.

If one is so insecure in one's well-being that a firearm is necessary to purchase a beverage, one likely has issues.

And I am the proud owner of multiple guns in America.

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No Guns in the Saloon and don't shoot the piano player!

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It would be funny if they brought their own coffee, too.

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“There’s a big difference in the connotation of someone holding a gun and someone holding a cigarette,” Schultz said

you couldn't be more right.

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Starbucks is a PRIVATE enterprise, they have ALL THE RIGHT to tell these dork gun freaks to stay the hell away! Idiot gun freaks!

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So alright to carry guns and have them in stores but not to smoke. Weird.

Not so weird. Whatever you think about guns, they don't cause lung cancer.

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A tiny step in the right direction.

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Guns don't kill, the people who use them do. Answer: stay away from people with guns. Tobacco doesn't kill, the people who use it do. Answer: stay away from people who smoke.

I can see the flaming responses coming already.

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A tiny step in the right direction.

Actually, I don't see a step in any direction. The basic store policy is exactly the same as it was before. If they don't want them in the stores, they should ban them.

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Sure guns do not cause lung cancer, but if some nut with a guns just happens to shoot your brains out while your sipping on your frapuccino or what ever they sell there at the overpriced Starbucks, my guess you will not need to worry about your lungs, and in that case, not worry about your life is some idiot gun freak just happens to go bezerk or have some flashback of his war days in Iraq etc...right??

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Shouldn't Starbucks just say people with guns are unwelcome? Or maybe they should require patrons to check their guns and return them when the former have finished their coffee or business they thought they may have needed [the guns] for? In my mind I hear, 'Welcome to Starbucks, are you packing'?

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Maybe they also need a hitching rail outside each branch so these cowboys can park their horses. Install spittoons and a plinky plonky piano in Starbucks and they should feel right at home.

Seriously... walking around the streets with holstered guns on your hip? The Swiss example is also pretty scary... in a peaceful country why would you walk around with a machine gun?

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Are toy guns welcome?

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I wonder why it is that when I go outside, maybe to even visit a Starbucks in Japan, I never fear or think about having to carry around some weapon on me. Yet, when I go back home to the States, I always feel the need to carry some type of protection 'just in case'.

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Sure guns do not cause lung cancer, but if some nut with a guns just happens to shoot your brains out while your sipping on your frapuccino...

You'll die happy... unless they screwed up the the frapuccino.

Store policy won't protect you from a nut with a gun, and maybe the lousy coffee next door is what will set him off.
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Graham DeShazo:

Personally I think carrying a firearm outside one's home for reasons other than transport or a known threat is asking for trouble.

Then you haven't read one of my posts where I detail what happened to me one night, when I used a gun in self-defense. People who get carry permits and wear their firearms aren't looking for trouble. They simply refuse to be victims.

If one is so insecure in one's well-being that a firearm is necessary to purchase a beverage, one likely has issues.

Like being a petite woman who doesn't want to be raped? That's an issue. Or being a woman who is going through an ugly divorce, has been threatened by her estranged husband, and has a (utterly useless) restraining order out on him? That's an issue.

And I am the proud owner of multiple guns in America.

You'll understand if I doubt that statement.

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OldHawk, part of the process of you telling the world that you're not a victim is that sometimes a kid will get a hold of his dad's gun and bring it to school. Now everyone else is a victim.

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Starbucks is taking a responsible middle ground in deferring to local laws. Just let the people make their coffee, yeesh.

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Starbuck's as a consumer-dependent business always has the bottom line in mind. If they alienate any particular large market segment, it'll hurt the bottom line.

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So alright to carry guns and have them in stores but not to smoke. Weird.

Not really it is treating them the same. You can bring cigarettes into Starbucks you just can't "use/smoke" them in the store. Same with guns, you can bring guns into Starbucks but you can't use a gun in Starbucks.

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"“There’s a big difference in the connotation of someone holding a gun and someone holding a cigarette,” Schultz said."

Really? Both can potentially kill the user and others around them.. One does it very fast while the other does very slowly. But in both cases a business entity which is licensed to conduct business in a State must abide by the law of that State. Be it the carrying of firearms or smoking cigarettes.

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