Many people who love guns and coffee particularly appreciate Starbucks. In the 12 states with unfettered rights to “open carry” a gun, including Virginia, and the 16 others that are mostly open carry, Starbucks has rebuffed attempts by gun control activists to keep guns out of the national coffee shop chain.
So on Friday, 2-22 (for the Second Amendment), gun rights supporters are holding “Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day,” and will be drinking their joe while openly packing their heat. In Northern Virginia, this is being organized by Ed Levine, who already has an “I Love Guns and Coffee” website (there are two) and mints a guns and coffee challenge coin, seen above. He wants 2-22 to be an annual day of support for Starbucks by gun owners.
I guess it is a good time to not go to Starbucks. I don’t like being around strangers carrying weapons. I know Scout’s argument about being able to assess the environment. I tend to be more the “you can’t judge a book by its cover” type. I see no reason to pack heat (unless its your job) in the suburbs of Northern Virginia.
I don’t feel one bit safer seeing someone armed in any store. In fact, most of the time I leave. I don’t know that pistol-packing Harry isn’t some crazed nut job who is getting ready to blow my brains out.
Ed Levine of Virginia Defense League is heading up the appreciation day here in Virginia. He has chosen 2-22 as the official gun owner Starbucks Appreciation Day. 2-22 represents the 2nd amendment.
Starbucks has taken the position that rather than engage in a political uproar, they will simply follow state law wherever the store is located. They are probably smart. They aren’t supporting any political cause, just following state law. I wonder what home office thinks of the alteration of their logo? Mr. Levine should not be surprised if he gets a call from corporate lawyers.