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September 18, 2013

Trolling BuzzFeed: 9 Potential Mass Shootings That Were Stopped by Someone Carrying a Personal Firearm

John Ekdahl started the #BuzzFeedCounterTroll behind-the-lines missions, and now a new guy continues them.

Ooops: The writer isn't a troll, he's a #BuzzFeed staffer, John Ekdahl says.

More: Starbucks has published an open letter asking gun-owners to not bring their guns into Starbucks (or outside in the outdoor seating area), citing "concerns" or something.

From the beginning, our vision at Starbucks has been to create a “third place” between home and work where people can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of coffee and community. Our values have always centered on building community rather than dividing people, and our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life.

We appreciate that there is a highly sensitive balance of rights and responsibilities surrounding America’s gun laws, and we recognize the deep passion for and against the “open carry” laws adopted by many states. (In the United States, “open carry” is the term used for openly carrying a firearm in public.) For years we have listened carefully to input from our customers, partners, community leaders and voices on both sides of this complicated, highly charged issue.

Our company’s longstanding approach to “open carry” has been to follow local laws: we permit it in states where allowed and we prohibit it in states where these laws don’t exist. We have chosen this approach because we believe our store partners should not be put in the uncomfortable position of requiring customers to disarm or leave our stores. We believe that gun policy should be addressed by government and law enforcement—not by Starbucks and our store partners.

Recently, however, we’ve seen the “open carry” debate become increasingly uncivil and, in some cases, even threatening. 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.” 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.

For these reasons, 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.

I would like to clarify two points. First, this is a request and not an outright ban. Why? Because we want to give responsible gun owners the chance to respect our request—and also because enforcing a ban would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers, and that is not a role I am comfortable asking Starbucks partners to take on. Second, we know we cannot satisfy everyone. For those who oppose “open carry,” we believe the legislative and policy-making process is the proper arena for this debate, not our stores. For those who champion “open carry,” please respect that Starbucks stores are places where everyone should feel relaxed and comfortable. The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.

Gun owners have politely responded that they intended to politely ignore the request.

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That picture is actually from a previous Starbucks Appreciation Day and not one recently taken in defiance of Starbucks' request.

Shouldn't this policy be set store-to-store? There are areas where people aren't so a-scared of guns, of course. Now, I imagine that in those areas Starbucks patrons would be the most a-scared of guns, but as they see them every day in other stores, I really don't think they'd be freaking out over it.


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