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big job for a big man, and I'm proud to be associated with him.
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AND THIS WORD:
Support Starbucks Pro-Self-Defense Policy on Valentine's Day
Pass this on to all. We need to flood them with pro-carry customers.
Just when you thought that the anti-gun zealots had gone into
hibernation. Now they want to boycott Starbucks for (horrors) allowing
YOU to legally carry a gun in their stores.
We strongly urge you to support Starbucks by stopping by on Valentines
Day -- and make sure to tell them that you came in to support their
pro-self-defense policy. And pass this on.
Starbucks' "Pro-Gun" Policy Prompts Gun Victims' Advocate Group to
Launch Nationwide Boycott on Valentine's Day 2012
Sacramento Bee, January 23, 2012
CHICAGO, Jan. 23, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A nationwide
boycott of Starbucks stores and its products will be launched on
Valentine's Day 2012. Its goal is to eliminate the risk of guns in
public places and ultimately to bring sane gun laws to the U.S.
This boycott is being called by the National Gun Victim's Action
Council (NGAC) ( http://gunvictimsaction.org/ ), a network of 14 million
gun victims, the faith community including the: Episcopal Peace
Fellowship, United Church of Christ, Fellowship of Reconciliation (46
peace fellowships and 43 affiliate fellowships), secular groups working
to reduce gun violence and many of the organizations that support
passing sane gun laws.
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. [But NOT in Sears, Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart, Lowes, Home
Depot, Wells Fargo, US Bank, and hundreds of other large retailers and
service providers as well as millions of smaller businesses.]
"Starbucks allowing guns to be carried in thousands of their stores
significantly increases everyone's risk of being a victim of gun
violence," says Elliot Fineman, CEO of the NGAC. "Open and conceal and
carry are among the reasons there are 12,000 gun homicides each year in
the U.S. If we had England's gun laws we would expect 375 gun homicides
each year -- 97% less than we have. England's gun laws are based on
protecting public safety, ours on maximizing sales for the gun
Starbucks has the legal right to ban guns but despite having been
petitioned by thousands, asked at a shareholder meeting, and a direct
appeal made to their Board, Starbucks clings to this policy that puts
millions of Americans at risk every day and encourages the spread of
guns being carried in public.
IMPACT OF STARBUCKS BOYCOTT: Fineman says, "Starbucks steadfast
support of the NRA's lethal pro-gun agenda damages its 'socially
conscious company' brand. Further," adds Fineman, "Monte Carlo
Simulation risk analysis indicates that 90% of the time, our boycott
will reduce Starbucks stock price by an amount no rational company would
allow." According to NGAC, the boycott will end when Starbucks rejects the
NRA's Pro-Gun agenda by banning all guns from their stores and
committing to be an Aggressive Corporate Advocate for sane gun laws.
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STARBUCKS BOYCOTT:
Yum! Coffee for Valentine's! I can't wait! Too bad I don't have an
assault rifle to take with me. Ah well.
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