In this day and age, sometimes we need a little reminder that there are still tons of good people out there. The people who run the Newtown, CT Starbucks are definitely among that group of good people out there. Recently pro-gun rights groups held what they called “Starbucks Appreciation Day” — a day where gun owners would go out and congregate at their local Starbucks with their firearms.
Why were the gun lovers doing this you ask? Because Starbucks is run by smart people who know that political issues like gun rights and regulations can be hazardous for corporations to take a definitive stance on, one way or the other. Starbucks’ stated policy when it comes to stores letting customers carry their firearms is essentially that they acquiesce the decision to local state laws. If your state allows you to carry your firearm with you, they will allow it in their store, but if your state does not allow it, they enforce that as the policy. Well, the gun lovers of course took this as an opportunity to politicize Starbucks’ decision to bow to local laws, and that’s where the “Starbucks Appreciation Day” came from. Nobody would have made a stink about any of this if in their infinite wisdom the gun lovers didn’t also decide to hold a rally in Newtown, CT — site of the December 2012 mass shooting that left 20 children and six faculty members dead.
Many in Newtown were outraged that the pro-gun rights groups would choose to demonstrate in a town still devastated by gun violence. Even though Connecticut law would allow for gun owners to be in the Newtown location with their firearms, many felt it was just too soon to be brazenly carrying your firearm around town, possibly in front of some the same kids that survived the horrific incident at Sandy Hook Elementary.The people who run that particular location could clearly sense this issue was really hurting some in their town, and they did the best thing they could do — they closed their store. And about 24 demonstrators stood in the rain because they couldn’t inside.
Taped to the door was the following note, and we thought you might like to read what the fine people at Newtown’s Starbucks had to say to anyone who found them closed that day.
“Out of respect for Newtown and everything our community has been through, we have decided to close our store early today. Starbucks did not endorse today’s event. We continue to encourage customers and advocacy groups from all sides of this debate to contact their elected officials, who make the laws our company follows. We recognize there is significant passion surrounding this topic, however we believe people should be sensitive to our community.”
Score one for human decency.