Thursday, I wrote about the Brady Campaign's hysteria about people carrying guns (unloaded guns) while drinking . . . coffee. Starbucks has been so impressed with the Brady Bunch's power and influence, and in the logic of their position, that they immediately decided to . . . shrug.
Starbucks has brushed aside a request from a gun control advocacy group to ban the display of guns in its retail locations, saying it will abide by laws that allow patrons to openly carry unloaded weapons.Starbucks' response was pretty much what one would expect of a large corporation with enough sense to not be interested in being conscripted into either side of a culture war.
"Starbucks does not have a corporate policy regarding customers and weapons; we defer to federal, state and local laws and regulations regarding this issue," Starbucks' customer relations department said in response to the Brady Campaign's request.I haven't seen a reaction from the national organization, but a local Brady Chapter is disappointed.
The head of a local chapter of the Brady Campaign was disappointed by the response.Hmm--"life-and-death decisions," Griffin? Like Espresso Macchiato vs. Cinammon Spice Mocha?
"I don't want someone who carries a gun into a store to be making life-and-death decisions. I don't think it's safe for them to be there," said Griffin Dix, who leads the Oakland-Alameda County chapter, which has more than 500 members and other chapters in San Mateo and Contra Costa counties.
One amusing line from the article was that the Brady Campaign "sent e-mails to its approximately 180,000 members nationwide," to "demand" the banning of armed private citizens.
180,000 members? I seriously doubt it. If you go to their website, you'll see that there's no way to join as a "member" of the national organization--just local chapters. Out of curiosity, I looked to see what the nearest chapter was in my home state of Illinois. Actually, all they have are "Million (HA!) Mom March" chapters (OK--guess that counts--Brady Campaign coalesced with MMM when the Marching Mommies had to sidestep some shady tax dealings), and there is a grand total of three of them--all in the Chicago area.
Remember that Illinois is a point of focus for the Brady Campaign (more here).
Stop it guys--I'm starting to be embarrassed for you.