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February 14, 2012 | bpfna
Information taken from the Fellowship of Reconciliation
The National Gun Victim’s Action Council (NGAC), along with allies in the faith community and secular groups, is calling for a boycott against Starbucks, its stores and its products. The boycott (BREW not BULLETS) will begin on February 14, 2012 and will end only when Starbucks bans all guns from its stores. Its goal is to eliminate the risk of guns in public places and to enforce safer gun laws.
The BPFNA supports the NGAC, Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Episcopalian Peace Fellowship and other allies in the boycott of 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). When National Rifle Association members began meeting in popular chains to promote the "open carry" movement, retail chains such as California Pizza Kitchen, Peets, IKEA and Disney banned guns from being carried in their stores as a measure to protect customers and employees. Starbucks did not.
“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, C.E.O. 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 industry.”
Despite having been petitioned by thousands, asked at a shareholder meeting and a direct appeal made to their Board, Starbucks continues to enforce this policy that puts its employees and patrons in danger and encourages irresponsible gun behavior.