A series of “Starbucks Appreciation Days” supporting the coffee chain’s policy of letting customers openly carry guns seem to have backfired. In an open letter published yesterday, company CEO Howard Schultz said Starbucks had been pushed into one of America’s biggest cultural battles — and asked visitors in the US to stop bringing their guns into stores. “We are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas — even in states where ‘open carry’ is permitted — unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel,” he wrote.
Starbucks has instructed employees not to confront those who choose to continue bringing weapons into their local Starbucks; however, it’s also pretty clear that company executives don’t enjoy Starbucks’ current (or any) place in this debate. Anybody going to start/stop going to Starbucks as a result of Schultz’ open letter?
14:17 // 2 months ago
Two-year-old Trenton Mathis was pronounced dead on Wednesday afternoon at a hospital in Tyler, after the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said he shot himself in the face.
According to Trenton’s great-grandmother Carolyn Mathis, Trenton had eaten two pieces of gum Wednesday, and he asked his great-grandfather for more. His great-grandfather told Trenton he could have some after dinner. Later, Trenton went into his great-grandparent’s bedroom, looking for gum. Carolyn said Trenton’s great-grandfather left his handgun on the nightstand, but he thought he had closed and locked the door. Carolyn said the door was locked, but it was not closed all the way. Trenton was able to go into the bedroom, and then he climbed onto the bed and searched the nightstand looking for gum. Instead, he found the handgun.
Around the same time in Minnesota, a handgun suddenly went off in a 3rd grader’s backpack while he was at school. In that case, nobody was hurt. source
16:51 // 6 months ago
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley on Thursday signed into law one of the United States’ toughest gun control measures, even as opponents vowed to overturn it.
The legislation prompted by the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre requires handgun buyers to undergo safety training and submit fingerprints to obtain a license.
It also bans the sale of 45 types of assault weapons, which have been linked to at least 461 U.S. deaths since 2004, according to the governor’s office.
Opponents of the changes say they aren’t planning to seek any sort of public vote/referendum on the bill, but will instead offer support to an NRA lawsuit which challenges the legality of the new regulations. Similar legislation has been passed in Colorado, New York, and Connecticut following a recent uptick in mass shooting incidents.
16:18 // 6 months ago
54% of the Senate voted for background checks, and they together represented roughly 63% of America’s population. But because the Senate is not a democratic body, majority support wasn’t enough to win that vote. The world’s greatest deliberative body, ladies and gentlemen.
17:11 // 7 months ago