Monday, April 19, 2010

Guns and Colorado Starbucks

Local Colorado Starbucks are now in the cross-hairs of the local anti-gun rights activists led by Tom Mauser, father of Columbine victim Daniel Mauser.

The issue: Starbucks allows customers to carry permitted concealed weapons in their stores, which is the current law in Colorado.

These activists want to force Starbucks to change this policy.

Their argument goes like this. Starbucks does not permit weapons in their corporate offices but they do allow them in their stores, depending on local laws. They also believe that banning weapons in private stores is a good idea.

Our question to the activists: how would you have Starbucks enforce such a rule even if they were to change their policies? Their would be a cost and it would get tacked onto the cost of my favorite latte....

By the way, last time I checked, there was not a lot of gun violence at Starbucks in Colorado. There have been very few crimes connected with permitted owners of concealed weapons.

Our anti-gun friends are barking up the wrong tree again.

Besides, if a criminal was to consider a crime at a Starbucks, a gun-free zone won't make a difference.

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