Starbucks vs. Gun Control

According to this article from The Huffington Post, gun control advocates have found out that Starbucks is one of the largest chain stores that allow their patrons to openly carry firearms into their stores–if that complies with local laws, of course.  The reporter in the article wrote, “Just as shops can deny service to barefoot customers, restaurants and stores in some states can declare their premises gun-free zones.”

The move by Starbucks prompted The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to circulate a petition to ban handguns in all Starbucks locations.  The petition gathered 26,000 signatures which stated that Starbucks should “offer espresso shots, not gunshots.”

Although I may lean to the left politically a little bit more than I do to the right, I do think that people should have the right to carry their own weapon anywhere they go except for in certain cases such as in schools (with some exceptions), police stations, hospitals, etc.

While I do think some sort of psychological testing should be set in place for people wanting to acquire either a personal firearm or a license to own a firearm, there are too many flaws in this system to keep individuals from getting a firearm, therefore I do think that we should have an armed citizenry to possibly keep people from committing such crimes.

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