The Sept. 19 edition of the Bradenton Herald carried an article noting that: "Starbucks is asking customers to leave firearms behind when they are in its stores and its outdoor seating areas." I assume the newspaper story alone is expected to carry that message, as there will be no signs, and even though "customers in many (Starbucks) stores have been jarred.... to see guns in our stores," no employee will confront a gun-toting customer (I guess I wouldn't either!), and no armed person will be asked to leave; they'll be served like everyone else.
Yes, the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to bear arms, as we hear endlessly from the NRA and its mostly Republican lackeys. And, yes, states have the right to pass laws allowing its citizens to openly carry weapons in public. However, Starbucks, or any other business that I frequent, won't be serving me if I ever see anyone (other than a uniformed police officer) with a weapon in one of their establishments, particularly if my family is along. And before leaving, I'd make sure the manager knew why I was taking my patronage elsewhere. Even in the Old West, according to movies, cowpokes had to leave their six-guns with the sheriff when entering town.
The Herald also reported that North Carolina recently passed a law preventing police there from destroying weapons accumulated during gun buybacks. Are firearms now considered sacred? How insane are we becoming?
Most public opinion polls show that the majority of people, including NRA members, want laws passed to control the spread of guns, particularly assault rifles, and to expand background checks. Of course the GOP slaves of the NRA won't support such efforts, and Starbucks' wimpy, no-confrontation campaign won't make a point, either. But maybe if more citizens would take a stand by boycotting businesses that allow guns on their premises, the word would get out and our lawmakers would find the backbone to do what their constituents are demanding.