Why is Starbucks serving the NRA agenda

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Demand Starbucks stand up for the safety of its customers and prohibit open carrying of guns in its coffee shops

The petition to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz reads:
"Starbucks should ban guns from its stores. You've already banned smoking to protect the health of your customers, even in areas where smoking would otherwise be legal. Stand up for the safety of your customers and adopt a gun-free policy in all Starbucks coffee shops nationwide."

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Dear 5849376,

Starbucks allows guns in its stores.

Over the past few months, more and more gun owners have been gathering at Starbucks cafes with guns strapped to their hips, intimidating other patrons.1

Businesses can legally create policies to prohibit guns from being carried in their establishments — and so far, Peet's Coffee & Tea and California Pizza Kitchen have heeded customer concerns and barred open carrying.

But Starbucks is refusing to prohibit the open carrying of firearms in its stores, despite the danger it poses to other patrons, including families with small children. That's why we're joining our friends at Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to demand that Starbucks prohibit open carrying of guns in its stores nationwide.

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Everyone should be able to sit in a restaurant or coffee shop without having to fear a fellow patron who is packing serious firepower and who is not a law enforcement officer. Under the law, Starbucks has the right to adopt a gun-free policy, with an exception for uniformed police officers. Such a policy can easily be implemented in most cases by putting up signs at store entrances.

The company says it's simply respecting local laws that allow open-carry. But companies are under no obligation to allow guns in their stores and can ban them at any time.

And the company's assertion that it is are simply following local laws is hypocritical, considering that it bans smoking within 25 feet of its restaurants -- which goes far beyond local ordinances in most jurisdictions.2

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One of Starbucks' own baristas was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre -- Lauren Rousseau, a teacher and part-time Starbucks employee. In the wake of Newtown, the company should be particularly sensitive to the need to protect its customers from the tragedy of gun violence.

CREDO is proud to partner on this action with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. A group of moms is planning to go to Starbucks headquarters and hand-deliver the petition with your signature to the company's CEO.

Thank you for standing up for gun safety.

Jordan Krueger, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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Learn more about this campaign

1. Shannon Watts, "American Moms to Starbucks and CEO Howard Schultz: Ban Guns From Stores." Huffington Post, August 16, 2013.
2. "Starbucks Bans Smoking Within 25 Feet Of Stores." Huffington Post, May 31, 2013.

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