Saturday, March 13, 2010

Guns in Public

We are currently in the midst of gun law change and  I am TOTALLY FREAKING OUT!  If I enter a store and see someone packing a gun in a holster, I'll be outta there so fast.  I hate guns.  I fear guns.  I fear people who feel the need, the entitlement, to carry them. 

The Starbucks statement of March 3rd made me aware of this shift in sentiment,

"We comply with local laws and statutes in all the communities we serve. In this case, 43 of the 50 U.S. states have open carry weapon laws..."

WTF?! Starbucks may feel they have to comply but they're taking the corporate easy way out by not making a stand.  If you believe in gun control, refuse to allow people packing pistols in your shop.  If you're a fan of the NRA, by all means, support those same pistol packers, welcome them with open arms. 

I guess my question is, if you can post a sign that says you "...maintain the right to refuse service to anyone without a shirt or shoes"  why can you not do the same with a gun?

At present, the Supreme Court is reviewing a Second Amendment case, McDonald vs Chicago, that will, most likely, further weaken gun control especially with the conservative make up of the court & a pro gun advocate like Justice Antonin Scalia.

Did you know 43 out of 50 states allow you to carry a gun in public.  Back to the days of yesteryear...when men were men and women couldn't vote or own property. Yeah, that's what I'm sayin'. 


Mike Stollenwerk said...

Good news for women - gun grips can be purchases to help accessorize outfits - see BBC news video at showing trendy woman with pink revolver grip while open carrying and doing family shopping.

Minka said...

Wow. That's terrible. I think it has its roots in wild west, don't you think?

Deborah said...

Good god, this is horrendous. I didn't realize that it was legal to do this in a majority of states. I imagine that Starbucks is dead scared to take a stand in case someone takes out their displeasure on a barrista.

Public pressure is the only way to address this, I would think. I don't blame you for freaking out at all. It's enough to make you lose hope altogether of living in a civilized society.

Nancy said...

Our country can be such an ass sometimes.

lettuce said...

i admit, as a brit, I find it hard to get my head around this - it seems pretty entrenched?

do other stores refuse service?

Susan said...

Not only Starbucks, but also we now have to fear for our lives whenever we enter any national park!

Baino said...

High time to come in from the past. The right to bear arms was written into the constitution during a completely different time. Why anyone needs to carry a gun in daily life absolutely stuns me. Even a pocket knife can cause you trouble here as it's illegal to carry knives here, let alone guns.

Noni at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

yeah... I'm on the other side of the fence here.

Oracle said...

This is hilarious. Fear from law abiding citizens who have the ability to protect themselves, and of course, you from the criminals who carry guns illegally. You folks have your fears aligned with the wrong people.

Where guns are banned, violent crimes are up.

Where guns are not banned, violent crimes are down.

I carry a gun every day by constitutional right and guarantee. In my state I can open carry but choose to conceal.

Anonymous said...

Well, OK, Oracle, but I do not feel safer knowing that YOU have a concealed weapon, and not knowing what your training is to use it, to prevent its being taken from you by someone bigger & stronger & intent on using it illegally, etc. (Nor am I convinced by your "quoting" of violent crime statistics, which I rather doubt reflect much of anything aside from your own bias.) Definitely would prefer to live in a society where guns are so rare that people actually (hey, think about it) use other forms of persuasion to get what they want.


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