Thursday, February 9, 2012

I'll take a coffee with a side of self defense

Valentine's Day is rough for a family with a deployed spouse. Nothing like watching the hearts, the candy, the jewelry, the romance commercials to help remind you of how much you miss your spouse. How lonely you are without them. How badly you want them home.

But I found something to look forward to this Valentine's Day. A cause I believe in. And? I get to spoil myself with an overpriced Starbucks coffee without feeling guilty. Can't get any better than that without having my hubby home!

It was recently brought to my attention that Starbucks' Pro-Gun Policy is prompting Gun Victims Advocate Group to launch a nationwide boycott on Valentine's Day. Now - for a variety of reasons - I don't usually carry a gun, concealed or otherwise, but I do have a permit to carry. And I'm very behind every citizen's right to "keep and bear arms." Considering that it is the 2nd Amendment in our Constitution, I'm thinking it's a pretty big deal.
"WHY STARBUCKS?  Currently, Starbucks allows guns and assault weapons to be openly carried in its stores (in 43 states) and concealed and carried in its stores (in 49 states). Starbucks’ compliance with the National Rifle Association’s Pro-Gun Agenda was exposed in 2010 when members of the “open carry” movement began meeting in popular chains, such as California Pizza Kitchen, Peets, IKEA, Disney and Starbucks openly carrying their handguns and assault rifles.
To protect their customers and employees, all of the retail chains—except for Starbucks— banned guns from being carried in their stores."

Talk about good exposure. All I can say is "Bravo, Starbucks!" Way to stand up to the peer pressure without bending! Starbucks current, and long standing, policy is to comply with the local laws and statutes of the communities they provide services to. I respect this and every freedom loving American should as well. Instead of taking an issue with the company itself, they should take their issue to the local governments who make the laws.

In response to the national Starbucks' boycott, I'm taking myself on a date to treat myself to a White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha on Valentine's Day. And making sure that I let them know that I'm there in support of them honoring the local gun laws. I'm thinking a picture of coffee and a gun might just be the order of the day.

And, who knows, maybe you'll even see me packing heat.

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  1. Well written article, Katie! Wish you were here, so we could do coffee together! :)

  2. Well Done! Semper Fi

  3. StarBucks here I come and make mine a double!! Larry