Social media buzz: No more guns in Starbucks
At least, their CEO has asked customers with firearms to leave them at home. Responses on social media were fast and frequent.
- USA TODAY posted this column on Thursday concerning the CEO's decision.
- Starbucks CEO Howard Shultz simply called it a "request" because "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."
- What people said to USA TODAY:
- Dan Rau "tens of thousands of defensive gun uses a year" I challenge him to provide EVEN ONE TENTH that number of documented cases of legal defensive gun use stopping a crime this year. Not hyperbole, but real cases where someone pulled a gun (not a cop or security guard) and stopped a robbery or assault in a business this year. "right to bear arms", yes of course. the right of a business owner to not want them in his business? double true
- Readers' opinions were mixed.
- And not surprisingly, the same was true on social media.
- Outside of USA TODAY:
- While some took the coffee chain's decision seriously, others made light of it.
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