So Starbucks has said that they would like for gun owners to NOT carry in stores, any more. This is following one of the stupidest fights I’ve seen people get into in the 6-ish years I’ve been a part of the “gun owner” demographic.
From The Practical Tactical Podcast:
One internet poster said: “I never believed Starbucks was an ally anyway.” I would say he may be right. They weren’t. They are an outfit that sells coffee. Period. They just had a policy that wasn’t restrictive, and followed local law. They were unwillingly and unwittingly co-opted by the “rabid gun movement” people, and literally thrust on the national stage in the midst of a highly charged debate without their consultation on the matter.
This is why we can’t have nice things.
There are a couple of points I disagree on, but for the most part, this is how I feel about this situation.
I still think Starbucks either needs to shit or get off the pot (their “respectful request” is not legally binding, and they could choose to post if they REALLY wanted to get rid of gun owners; pick a side and stick with it, or continue being neutral while issuing a statement respectfully requesting that, as a public establishment under private ownership, Starbucks stores are not be used for political grand-standing), but GUN OWNERS PUT THEM THERE.
They stooped to calling people names using fancier language (and that…doesn’t count as ad hominem, which is something that many of you argue against all the time? I must have missed that memo…), trolling a Facebook page that was supposed to be a gathering place for like-minded people (doesn’t matter who trolled it first – you don’t have to continue the trend), and walking into stores wearing unlicensed merchandise and carrying weapons that are too large to be useful in that small of a space, anyway. They threw away logic and practicality in favor of being flashy, and who does that? Think about it.
No, really. THINK about it.
…still think you’re better than “them”?
I’ll add, as a note, that I was vehemently anti-gun about 8 years ago. That turned into pro-gun over the next two years for two reasons, and the first one didn’t have nearly as much weight as the second: 1) I was raped and was being stalked by that rapist, and 2) The people having the conversations about guns, or at least the people I was exposed to, were articulate and awesome.
If I’d seen what was going on in public debates regarding Starbucks and guns back then, I would have stayed anti-gun.
This is NOT what I signed up for when I took on the responsibility. We’re better than that. If you disagree, then perhaps you should leave, because you’re making the rest of us look bad.