FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 18, 2013, Temple, Texas – Open Carry Texas is disappointed by the statements made by Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz earlier today reference guns in his stores. Without banning guns outright, Schultz has effectively told his employees and customers that citizens are not welcome in his business if they choose to arm themselves for self defense or the defense of others. He has instead created a situation that will only lead to confusion by his employees and customers.
We believe that an armed society is a polite society. By basically banning guns in his stores, Mr. Schultz has effectively made his employees and customers victims to thugs and criminals who prefer soft (unarmed) targets. By announcing that the chain does not welcome gun owners, he has in essence laid out the welcome mat for the less desirable criminal element.
Because members of OCT are law-abiding, patriotic citizens that prefer to serve as the sheepdogs of society, we do not recommend that our members patronize the Starbucks chain. We will not be victims in course of our daily lives.
With that said, we also recognize that there are franchise owners in the great State of Texas that do NOT agree with Mr. Schultz’s views on guns and encourage members to first contact their local store to find what policy they will be adopting. Perhaps if franchisees that allow the peaceful display of firearms in their stores are seen bringing in more business than those that prohibit guns, Mr. Schultz will see the error of his ways. We leave this decision to each individual member to decide for themselves and will not initiate any formal boycotts of the chain.
Needless to say, there has never been a Starbucks coffee shop robbed while OCT members were exercising their 2nd Amendment-protected, God-given rights to keep and bear arms. We would prefer that Mr. Schultz man up and either ban guns or allow them. Take a stance and live with that decision; he can’t have it both ways.