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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Massad Ayoob


Saturday, January 28th, 2012

We discussed here in February, 2010 how the Starbucks chain, when gun haters demanded that firearms be banned from their coffee shop premises, stood up and said no, they would follow the laws of the given state, and those legally carrying guns would be welcome.  My friend and colleague Dave Workman brings you up to date here: . Be sure to read his links for background.

It seems than an anti-gun group has called for a boycott of Starbucks on this coming Valentine’s Day, February 14.  As Dave explains, many of us in the gun movement will be buying something at Starbucks on that day, just to make sure that Starbucks has a profitable holiday despite being boycotted by the antis.

No one put it better than Mike Crenshaw at the respected firearms forum found at A moderator who posts there as “hso,” Mike sent the following message to Starbucks headquarters: “I’ve just heard that there’s a planned boycott on Feb. 14 by anti-Second Amendment groups attempting to punish Starbucks for their decision to follow state and local law instead of changing company policy on law abiding customers carrying firearms legally. While I’m an occasional customer I’ll make a point of doing my share to offset any business Starbucks may lose due to this proposed boycott. I’ll see to it that my family and I are in Starbucks at least once on Feb. 14.Thank you for not caving in to the radical beliefs of a small vocal group of marginalized extremists.”  The discussion thread can be found at .

Crenshaw, Workman, and the rest. This Valentine’s Day, I’m gonna drive my sweetie the twenty-some miles to the nearest Starbucks and scarf up a Yuppie coffee, or a hot chocolate, or a boutique muffin, or whatever. It’s about showing solidarity with an entity that stood up against an attack on our freedoms. And sending a positive thank-you email to Starbucks – thanks for that idea, Mr. Crenshaw! – makes huge sense.

68 Responses to “STARBUCKS REDUX”

  1. harleycowboy Says:

    Be sure to pay with a $2 bill. $2 bill will represent the 2nd amendment.

  2. Ted Hales Says:

    Thank you Starbuck for respecting our Civil Rights and caving in to the tyranny of the anti-liberty mob.

  3. Ted Hales Says:

    Oops insert “not” after ‘and’.

  4. Jim Says:


    A whole bunch o’ the gunblogs out there (Say Uncle, Shall Not Be Questioned, etc.,) have posted the following idea.

    1. Obtain quantities of $2 bills.

    2. Write “Thanks, Starbucks 2A Appreciation!” on the $2 bill.

    3. Don’t pay the tab with the $2 bill, but rather, put in in the barista’s tip-jar.

    This way, the impact of our visits will be directly felt by Starbucks employees. Conversely, if we pay the till with the $2, that just gets deposited in the bank, and Starbucks Corporate never notices the difference.

    If I can ask you to do so, would you please update your post with this suggestion highlighted at the top? It’d be great if we did this in our many thousands on the 14th! And no, it wasn’t my idea. I just like it a lot.

    Sunk New Dawn
    Galveston, TX

  5. Shane Says:

    I normally just make my own coffee, but will be in Sbux on the 14th drinking coffee, eating food, and tipping well.

  6. K Says:

    If you happen to have any $2 bills – use those. It’s a way of letting them know who they came from.

  7. Grimmy Says:

    Not so fast. Starbucks also actively supports or funds abortion and gay rights groups.

    And probably some loony Global Warming groups as well.

  8. Sage Says:

    As Mommy points out above, Starbucks is also a major supporter of the movement to legalize homosexual marriage. (Mom, is that you?) For some readers of this blog that will be a bug, for others it will be a feature. The point is, single-issue advocacy has its dangers, so check out Starbucks’ whole range of policies and expenditures before just deciding they’re going to spend your money and energy on causes you believe in.

    I say this because somebody like my myself, who is a huge fan of Ayoob, also has a long-standing boycott of Starbucks. At the end of the day, they’re just aligning themselves with the law and avoiding picking a fight with the NRA.

  9. Randy Says:

    Note that there is a suggestion to use $2.00 bills to pay.

    That should really help them see how much of their business on that day is due to Bill of Rights supporters.

  10. stonedome Says:

    i gave up on starbucks when they came out in support of gay marriage and started putting atheist quotes on their cups. coffee is mostly blended cheap beans with a large dose of marketing hype

  11. Mel Says:

    I didn’t see it mentioned here, but I read on another blog about the idea of paying for your latte with two dollar bills. The idea is to let Starbucks know people in support of the second amendment support Starbucks on this decision.

  12. Bob Lawson Says:

    I visit McDonalds almost daily along with my friend, Mr. 9mm. We’ll make a special stop at Starbucks that day and maybe even have a do nut er somethin…

  13. Daniel in Brookline Says:

    Let me echo Dave and John – $2 bills are unusual enough that, if Starbucks HQ sees a large quantity of them on February 14, they will know it’s not just coincidence – it’s us.

    I can’t open carry in MA, but I’ll definitely be visiting a Starbucks.

  14. jsallison Says:

    I’m not an aficionado of burnt coffee masquerading as strong coffee (retired Army, I know what strong coffee *really* tastes like), but I’ll be taking my 4yo granddaughter on a date for coffee and hot chocolate that day.

  15. KP Says:

    I went to Starbucks today to show my support. And glad to do so. Hope you all did as well.

  16. Jonathan Frazier Says:

    I spent $16.18 at Starbuck’s today and let them know why I was there. I gave my wife and son $10 each to do the same. And I’ll get some $2 bills for next time.

  17. Biggfoot44 Says:

    Yes , I suppose it’s a good thing that the otherwise profitable anyway Starbucks follows the law.

    But for the expendature difference between overpriced yuppie drinks plus tips , and the self serve brew at the local convience store , you could contribute $50-100 per month to your state leval Firearms Rights group/ SAF/ NRA N etc. They need it more , and do more good with it than Starbucks.

  18. Richard Bates Says:

    Wow now what? I think the latest decision by Starbucks was forced by the idiots around the nation sitting outside Starbucks with open carry causing a scene. What a bunch of dope heads.


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