Early store closure in Newtown, Connecticut

Dear Customers,

At Starbucks we are proud that our stores serve as gathering places for thousands of communities across the country and we appreciate that our customers share diverse points of view on issues that matter to them. We also believe in being sensitive to each community we serve.

Today, advocacy groups from different sides of the open carry debate announced plans to visit our Newtown, Connecticut store to bring attention to their points of view. We recognize that there is significant and genuine passion surrounding this topic, however out of respect for Newtown and everything the community has been through we decided to close our store early before the event started. Starbucks did not endorse or sponsor the event. We continue to encourage customers and advocacy groups from all sides of the debate to contact their elected officials, who make the open carry laws that our company follows. Our long-standing approach to this topic has been to comply with local laws and statutes in the communities we serve.

Thank you for your understanding and respect for the Newtown community.

 

Sincerely,

Chris Carr

executive vice president, U.S. Retail

comments (125)

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    • Waytwofast
    • 8/9/2013 3:34 PM

    I think it is wrong, that the store decided to be Switzerland, and remain neutral in this event. However, that is not what happened, what happened is, is that this particular store is probably anti-gun, and decided to not allow Pro-Gun groups to show their support. I have a feeling because of this decision, a boycott will be issued against this store, for not allowing Pro-Gun Groups the chance to patronage the establishment, on a day of thanks for Starbucks being Pro-Gun. You caved to the Libs!!

      • lyzard1121
      • 8/9/2013 3:39 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      It's not about picking a side. There was a horrible tragedy and Starbucks decided to respect the victims of that tragedy. No one will be hurt by them closing early, but people will feel a sense of respect. Not everything is about politics!

      • mightymightytthor@yahoo.com
      • 8/9/2013 3:44 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      They did choose a side , douche , they just out of respect closed the store because of the potential for both sides to become engulfed in a dispute that they themselves at sb's did not condone or give a forum for. They support open carry , and there is nothing wrong with that , they just don't want both side showing up for a shouting match in the store or in front of it. This way anyone shows up while the store is closed they are trespassing and will be dealt with accordingly.

      • cara1yn
      • 8/9/2013 3:45 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      oh please. get over yourself and show some respect for the families and victims of this terrible event. for every starbucks you 'boycott', more will patronize.

      • RezDuane
      • 8/9/2013 3:46 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      I imagine it's just the opposite. Starbucks is known for following the local laws and allowing open carry or concealed carry. They have often made the news for not backing down to anti-gun groups.
      I couldn't say for certain in this case but I would bet they remain on the side of the local laws.
      Perhaps they just don't want to go through the hassle of listen to the whiners . . . this really is getting to be an old story.

        • RezDuane
        • 8/9/2013 3:50 PM

        In reply to: RezDuane

        Ooops! The Newtown shooting is not getting to be an old story. The gun debate is. The tragedy of the Newtown shooting is absolutely horrific and the victims and families of the shooting should be comforted in any and every way possible.

        • rere3123@yahoo.com
        • 8/9/2013 3:59 PM

        In reply to: RezDuane

        I agree that the families shouldn't be cruelly disrespected like what Westboro Baptist Church wanted to do, but if "comforting" means giving up your right to open carry and concealed carry, then I think the word needs to be redefined...

        • lislhaleortega@comcast.net
        • 8/9/2013 3:59 PM

        In reply to: RezDuane

        I doubt it's an old story to those who lost their family. What planet are your from anyway? Or is it that you just don't have a heart.

        • christine36526
        • 8/9/2013 5:04 PM
      • Berriewine
      • 8/9/2013 3:52 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      I believe this was decision was made with sensitivity to the victims of the Newtown shooting and not to weigh in on the politics. But I don't believe they wanted an incident between the two opposing sides to occur at their place of business.

      • Berriewine
      • 8/9/2013 3:53 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      I believe this was decision was made with sensitivity to the victims of the Newtown shooting and not to weigh in on the politics. But I don't believe they wanted an incident between the two opposing sides to occur at their place of business.

        • baronsmith@gmail.com
        • 8/9/2013 4:16 PM

        In reply to: Berriewine

        The team at that store already lost someone to the tragedy in Newtown. It seems like the most respectful thing for them and for the community. I
        http://danbury.dailyvoice.com/news/danbury-starbucks-mourns-newtown-shooting-victim

      • rcalderon001
      • 8/9/2013 3:56 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      I'm sure Starbucks as a corporation is anti-gun, as any other sensitive corporation who believes in America and its institutions. Although for obvious reasons retail corporations do not make their standings public.

        • rere3123@yahoo.com
        • 8/9/2013 4:00 PM

        In reply to: rcalderon001

        Why does Starbucks need to be anti-gun to "believe in America and its institutions"?

        • sarahsmithc23@outlook.com
        • 8/9/2013 4:14 PM

        In reply to: rcalderon001

        I'm not quite sure how not supporting the 2nd amendment is pro-America, it seems quite the opposite to me.

        • commandercarey
        • 8/9/2013 5:13 PM

        In reply to: rcalderon001

        Starbucks in not anti gun. Most corporations are not anti gun. Most business owners do outtake a position either way they just follow local laws. The corporations and that do not allow weapons possibly violating civil rights and at the least pandering to the anti gun liberals. 99.9% of gun owners are law abiding hard working people. It is the few nuts that give them a bad name. If you check statistics you will find you have a better chance of getting hit by lightning TWICE then getting shot.

        • nigelkplanter@gmail.com
        • 8/12/2013 5:25 AM

        In reply to: commandercarey

        Getting struck by lightning twice and then getting shot? That sounds like a bad day if I've ever heard of one.

        • Ashley_e_j89@hotmail.com
        • 9/1/2013 4:53 AM

        In reply to: nigelkplanter@gmail.com

        Oh god! Hahaha you are amazing! Just goes to show who what kind of people are the ones for gun rights.

        • jmn48236@gmail.com
        • 8/9/2013 5:22 PM

        In reply to: rcalderon001

        I don't think Starbucks is taking side. But I am sure they don't want a bunch of emotional people having it out in their store. And what make you think Starbucks is pro or against? Really? Sounds more like your opinion.

      • aerialynnette@gmai.com
      • 8/9/2013 4:07 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      How is it wrong that the store decided to be Switzerland. It is a professional business, not a single person. No one has any right to use a public business for their personal views or events about debated topics.

      • januaryonetwo@live.com
      • 8/9/2013 4:16 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      No they practiced decency. That's probably alien to you, so you misinterpreted their actions.

      • abbydaddy@epix.net
      • 8/9/2013 4:23 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      They were respectful. Something that goes out the window when packing a lethal weapon. The power to take a human life goes to people's heads and they automatically think they are in the right about everything. - a logical centrist
      -and the band played on-

      • lindalees818@yahoo.com
      • 8/9/2013 5:31 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      I've been a Republican all my voting years. I'm a 'pro gun' citizen as well. I stand up for my 2nd amendment. HOWEVER, I DO have compassion for those poor people and what they've been through. I would NEVER have even given it a thought to go to their town and throw myself in their face after the tragedy they've experienced. Simple compassion......if everyone had it, there may not be so many senseless, sad murders like this. I WILL use my gun for my own protection, but not to murder.

      • ravenswoodnaturalhealth@gmail.com
      • 8/9/2013 5:44 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      You make inflammatory, unfounded assumptions, writing: "... that is not what happened... what happened is... probably..." which indicates that you are neither the letter writer nor within the decision-making structure. To remain neutral and a place for ALL, not just pro or antii gun, or pro or anti one political leaning or another, a small business ownerer, namely the franchise owner, with the backing of corporate, chose to remove the location as a flashpoint in the debate.

      • onequickfamilysedan@yahoo.com
      • 8/9/2013 6:23 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      The boycott is working! Starbucks just posted its highest 1/4 profit ever lmao. When will moms demand action extremist group realize there a super minority

      • jecrumley08@aol.com
      • 8/9/2013 6:33 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      You are an epic moron. Your mother must be ashamed.

      • Yomamasucks
      • 8/9/2013 6:37 PM
      • melissajean1
      • 8/9/2013 8:18 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      I'm no liberal, for that matter I don't associate myself with any party. However, I do carry a pistol. And I still know the difference between respect and cowering down to libutards wishes. Starbucks did what they thought they had to do to maintain a safe environment. Period. So, get over yourself.

        • ktsmom9
        • 8/23/2013 2:36 PM

        In reply to: melissajean1

        Exactly. They had to CLOSE their business to show respect for the dead and to prevent any MORE innocent deaths by hotheaded idiots who think Connecticut is "The Wild Wild West" where everyone needs to wear their pistol for personal protection.

        Welcome to the 21st Century.

      • kompolitics@gmail.com
      • 8/9/2013 8:25 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      I do not hesitate to remove my dollars from stores with unacceptable social practices, but I will not be boycotting Starbucks. It is not an unacceptable practice merely to disagree with me, and I can understand their policies, even if I would perhaps choose differently. With regard to their decision about the Newtown store today, good for Starbucks. They did not 'cave to the libs';they showed class and consideration and elected not to be a spectacle.

      • loretta71275@gmail.com
      • 8/9/2013 8:57 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      no offense wayto.... you have no idea what they were thinking and you have simply guessed as to why the store is closing. you should have ended your sentence at wrong. other then that, you did not think. what's wrong w/ neutrality... bc you do not agree w/ it does not make it wrong.

      • Fayelle
      • 8/10/2013 4:35 AM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      "Probably"? How about people not jump to conclusions without knowing for sure. Maybe they are anti-gun. Maybe they aren't. Seems antagonizing to make a judgement about intent when you really don't know why they're doing what they're doing. Be mature and don't start fights.

      • ctq@comcast.net
      • 8/10/2013 5:10 AM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      Not everything is framed by the debate you are choosing to engage in. They chose a side - they chose Starbucks side. What possible good for Starbucks could come from Starbucks picking between pro-gun and anti-gun supporters? Open your eyes and understand that the our country is not black and white. It is complex and has many different viewpoints, and compromise is the glue that holds it all together - maybe a sliver of that compromise on both sides would go a long way in this debate.

      • rjcakc1
      • 8/10/2013 12:16 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      Starbucks use to be a place for coffee not showing off your guns. Shame on you and the store that promotes your agenda.

      • dialektikeklektik@excite.com
      • 8/10/2013 2:00 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      This post speaks to the writer's sensitivity & sophistication & those of his armed ilk, inclusive of the "chance to patronage the establishment" - eye roll, yikes. And "decided to not allow Pro-Gun groups to show their support" ... support for what? It would have been neat for Starbucks to decree that while they may not wish to take a position on guns in general or open carrying of same, people are asked not to be armed in their stores. I don't wish to be around those who are carrying.

      • keith@pool-nyc.com
      • 8/11/2013 5:46 AM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      By all means, YES, all gun owners BOYCOTT STARBUCKS over the closing of the Newtown store. Please do. I'll be able to enjoy my coffee in peace and without fear of even an accidental discharge.

      • ryan@oklahomahippy.com
      • 8/11/2013 9:01 AM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      I believe we need to have a community, meeting on, the, , responsible use, of commas,, comma comma, comma.

      • Shawnl_2579
      • 8/13/2013 5:55 AM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      As the article clearly states, two groups with vastly passionate differences were planning on gathering at the Newtown Starbucks. With these two groups together, in one small location, the gathering could have turned into something worse. Closing the store was the responsible thing they could do.

      • katbird_27
      • 8/15/2013 9:54 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      i think ANY business should be neutral UNLESS the topic directly affects them (such as a tax on coffee or making tea illegal)

      • dbaxgirl51
      • 8/20/2013 8:05 AM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      "Libs"? really? This had nothing to do with Democrats or republicans. You seem to forget, Starbucks is a private entity. They can open and close as they choose. They do not *HAVE TO* allow anyone to congregate in their stores. They do so as a courtesy. And frankly, closing the store in a town that experienced a horrible shooting is not inappropriate. Gun owners/groups that think they can do what they want, when they want, and everyone else should bow down to them, are not.

      • lhom37@gmail.com
      • 9/3/2013 6:49 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      I think we are giving starbucks too much credit/power. You know they sell coffee?

      • Gonzoqueen
      • 9/6/2013 6:45 PM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      Having a pro gun rally on the site of a mass murder doesn't advance your cause one bit. Are you sure you're not a gun control advocate posing as a gun nut? The bad grammar, the bad spelling all seem designed to create the impression of someone who is clueless.

      • howertonc
      • 9/29/2013 9:17 AM

      In reply to: Waytwofast

      I'm ashamed of those "Pro-gun" groups that shine such a negative light legal, responsible gun owner by using a tragedy like the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings to exploit their political agenda! A wacko man killing a bunch of kids has nothing to do with our 2nd Amendment, it has to do with irresponsible gun owners! Thanks to Starbucks for respecting the victims. I do wish I had been carrying in the Aurora theater when James walked in...that jerk wouldn't have got the 2nd shot off.

    • mclanea
    • 8/9/2013 3:37 PM

    The only open carrying that should be allowed in any Starbucks store is openly carrying a cup of delicious coffee. Thank you for respecting victims and their families of gun violence.

    • lolalola3
    • 8/9/2013 3:44 PM

    Thanks Starbucks. If you suffer a boycott for this action, I will march right down to my local store & buy coffee everyday til its over. Erring on the side of peace & sensitivity is never wrong. Thank you.

    • zimsalabim@aol.com
    • 8/9/2013 3:46 PM

    Yes a boycott for showing respect . That's the ticket! Oh and the word is patronize . What fools these people be.

    • Spencesue@comcast.net
    • 8/9/2013 3:46 PM

    Thank you for showing sensitivity to these fragile and devastated families. You were in a unique and difficult position. Thank
    You for showing wisdom
    And compassion.

    • smurphy5150@gmail.com
    • 8/9/2013 3:53 PM

    I agree with SBux and I think it is the right thing to do to close early and not be a part of it. This is not their battle. They are complying with local laws, which I also applaud. Thank you for showing your sensitivity to the families of Newton, they have gone through enough pain.

    • johnlloydscharf@yahoo.com
    • 8/9/2013 3:56 PM

    You show no sensitivity for those who have lost their civil right to self-defense in the one town that could have used it by having its principles and other staff armed. I see no respect or sensitivity in this. I see a loss of liberty for a whole state based on fear and biases. I see a civil, natural, and inalienable right violated with the help of Starbucks.

    • dfj2378
    • 8/9/2013 4:45 PM

    This is an unfortunate and unnecessary step taken by Starbucks. I hold two different Gold cards and I'm positive that I earned somewhere between 35 and 40 rewards last year on just one of the cards. (500 or more stars) My regular drink is a Trenta Iced Green Tea and recently I've changed to a Trenta Valencia Orange Refresher. Multiply the cost of those by 500 and you come up with a big number.

    I am sad to say this; however, I will be reevaluating my future spending at Starbucks.

    Candidly,

      • mary.mccrary
      • 8/9/2013 5:09 PM

      In reply to: dfj2378

      This was a prudent and necessary step taken by Starbucks. They are not part of the debate and do not want their employees caught in the middle of a potential firestorm. I hold a Gold Card and I'm positive that I've earned somewhere between 30 and 40 rewards last year. My regular drink is ... oh who cares ... just suffice it to say that Starbucks will be getting MORE of my business in the future.

        • commandercarey
        • 8/9/2013 5:18 PM

        In reply to: mary.mccrary

        Then be prepared to be around guns because I bet that at any time of day you can probably find someone carrying one concealed lawfully and having a coffee in SB's across the nation.

      • stracaks
      • 8/9/2013 6:04 PM

      In reply to: dfj2378

      170 calories times 500 trenta Valencia orange refreshers. Wow! It might be best to cut down to one Gold card and leave your gun at home :)

        • Yomamasucks
        • 8/9/2013 6:40 PM

        In reply to: stracaks

        IF YOU NEED TO CARRY A GUN JUST TO GO TO STARBUCKS YOU ARE SIMPLY A SCARED LITTLE COWARD. IF YOU ARE THAT SCARED JUST STAY HOME!!!

        • dmecozzi@yahoo.com
        • 8/9/2013 7:23 PM

        In reply to: Yomamasucks

        Way too funny! But, so true!

        • joy.yancey@yahoo.com
        • 8/10/2013 3:27 AM

        In reply to: Yomamasucks

        It not about needing to carry a gun in starbucks. It is about it being out 2nd amendment right to do so. What a lot of people are not understanding is that the law abiding citizens that carry concealed or open carry which ever way you say it. Those law abiding citizens are not the ones that are going around on a shooting spree. For the most part it is criminals and the wacko's of the world. Do not get me wrong I feel bad for the families of the mass shootings like Sandy Brook.

        • keith@pool-nyc.com
        • 8/11/2013 6:06 AM

        In reply to: joy.yancey@yahoo.com

        Law abiding, sane citizens, do not FLAUNT their guns and assault weapons in front of a community that was just ravaged by a mass murder that would not have been possible without the same weapons you are waving in their faces. Do you not fu__ing see the point? Sane people have empathy and keep CONCEALED weapons CONCEALED. Sane people do not taunt people who have just had a loved one MURDERED. Get it??? Asshats.

      • rjcakc1
      • 8/10/2013 12:22 PM

      In reply to: dfj2378

      Unless they close all stores for allowing open carry or guns at all, my gold card will not be used. DD will get my business.

        • mdalton_5117
        • 8/10/2013 3:12 PM

        In reply to: rjcakc1

        If they close all the stores, how will you use your gold card?

        Are you sure DD doesn't "allow" 2nd Amendment rights to be exercised in their stores?

        "Master, I have a big head, and little arms. I'm just not sure how well this plan was thought through."

    • Mylynda.Guthrie@Gmail.com
    • 8/9/2013 5:02 PM

    Knowing Starbucks as an employee, the well being of the baristas was a factor. They would have been caught in the protest.

      • commandercarey
      • 8/9/2013 5:20 PM

      In reply to: Mylynda.Guthrie@Gmail.com

      There was no protest. It was a group of law abiding citizens making arrangements to meet for coffee to show support for SB allowing them the right to carry it he store as local laws allow. The protest, if there was one, was going to be anti gun people complaining about SB following the law.

      • jmn48236@gmail.com
      • 8/9/2013 5:24 PM

      In reply to: Mylynda.Guthrie@Gmail.com

      Agreed. And I'm sure they were like, but we are just serving delicious coffee drinks, why are you messing with us? LOL

    • urbanjm1
    • 8/9/2013 5:47 PM

    Thank-you Starbucks for being respectful of the families of Newtown.

    • meaghanwallen
    • 8/9/2013 5:55 PM

    As a partner I could not be prouder to work for this company. That store went through a lot when this tragedy happened. They not only saw their community grieve and change, but they lost a partner as well. No matter what people say it was a decision made out of respect for the community, the families, and the partners. People need to learn that no matter what your beliefs are at some point we need to put them aside and stand united. We all bleed red, we are all American, and we are all connected.

    • mstanfield44
    • 8/9/2013 6:00 PM

    It's a given that packing is legal, however inviting those who carry specifically is insensitive and abhorent I feel. What about in Starbucks own backyard ... Lakewood Police Officers shot down at neighborhood coffee shop. I will gladly stay away from my favorite Starbucks this month. My personal protest will not be noticed I'm sure, but I would rather enjoy my coffee where the mermaid with guns is NOT on the invitation.

    • Yomamasucks
    • 8/9/2013 6:44 PM

    IF YOU NEED TO CARRY A GUN JUST TO GO GET A COFFEE AT STARBUCKS YOU ARE SIMPLY A TERRIFIED LITTLE COWARD.

    • kasfill@msn.com
    • 8/9/2013 7:14 PM

    This town has had to deal with something very tough and there are still individuals focused on their own anti-gun/pro-gun agendas? Starbucks is literally doing something kind for a community that will be grieving for quite some time. Open up your mind and heart to compassion. Stop making everything a political dispute.

    • firemedic110
    • 8/9/2013 8:10 PM

    PRO-COFFEE and doing what is right for your employees. Kudos to you.

    • girltomom@gmail.com
    • 8/9/2013 8:20 PM

    Thank you, Starbucks, for showing this respect and humanity for Sandy Hook, Newtown and all of our children. It is noted!

    Heidi F, Mother of a 6 year old boy, Los Angeles- Founder of GirltoMom.com

    • nardling
    • 8/9/2013 8:38 PM

    This statement is, at best, disingenuous. Starbucks is not "following the law" by allowing guns in stores. The law allows private businesses to ban guns. Starbucks is making a conscious choice to allow guns, but they are afraid to admit it. Your company is going to have to take an honest stand on this, one way or the other. As best I can tell, your current position is a pro-gun one, and I won't be patronizing your stores as long as that persists.

    • LisaProc28
    • 8/10/2013 6:49 AM

    Thank you Chris Carr! From a Sandy Hook Mom....

    • rmr4faith@yahoo.com
    • 8/10/2013 8:42 AM

    YALL ARE COWARDS THANKS TO YALL YOUR EMPLOYEES HAVE TO LOOK FOR ANOTHER JOB YALL ARE NEVER GOING TO MAKE EVERYONE HAPPY OR NOT OFFEND SOMEONE ALL THE TIME KEEP BOWING TO PRESSURE AND THIS WHOLE COMPANY WILL FOLD ,YES I KNOW NEWTON SCARS WILL TAKE A LONG TIME TO HEAL BUT WE CANT STOP BEING AMERICANS TO ME YALL ARE AFRAID JUST PLAIN AND SIMPLE !!

      • juneyweber
      • 8/14/2013 6:29 PM

      In reply to: rmr4faith@yahoo.com

      This makes no sense. Children were massacred and they want a gun rally there. Its not about fear its respect for the people who list their mothers or their babies... If all you see are people you assume are afraid of guns instead of people in a state of mourning then you show how truly cold hearted and UNAMERICAN you are

    • jamanko15@yahoo.com
    • 8/10/2013 11:49 AM

    I'm glad Starbucks was sensitive to the families in Newtown. I still won't feel safe entering one of your stores while people are welcome to carry weapons that could take the life of me or my children. They may have the right to carry their guns around like they live in a warzone but they creep me out and I will take my business elsewhere until civility is a priority over appeasing the violent gun nuts.

    • analiese.bruckner@gmail.com
    • 8/10/2013 2:13 PM

    Great, so they close the store there for this event, yet they REFUSE to support the troops in any way! Get off your fucking pedestal now, starbucks.

    • parrla@msn.com
    • 8/10/2013 2:25 PM

    Why would Starbucks stir up this hornets nest? Come on Howard. You trying to be politically correct ? Don't think you really put much consideration (thought) about your bold statement about "Guns and Lattes". I hope some freak doesn't show up in one of your stores and harm folks. Geez Howard were you afraid leaving your store open in Newtown it would have made a mess and you wuld have gotten some not to hot press. Newtown...George Zimmerman...now you know you are mischaracterizng this. Why?

    • mdalton_5117
    • 8/10/2013 2:50 PM

    As a gun-toting Texan, I'm glad sb doesn't have a no-guns policy. If I had a retail store, I would have the same policy. I think it makes their stores safer. After all, you don't know how many people are sitting armed, ready to take you down if you try to rob the place.

    Call me Ishmael, but I think this early closing was spot on. Compassion over profits is how I see it. And a refusal to allow it's brand to be used without consent. Well played, Siren.

    • writerguy@shaw.ca
    • 8/10/2013 5:53 PM

    What's encouraging here is how many conservative, pro gun folks commenting here recognize that this gathering was not a decent thing to consider. Gives me hope..

    • iggysblog@gmail.com
    • 8/11/2013 6:26 AM

    It's fine for gun owners to gather at a Starbucks. But when they intentionally hold a rally in Newtown, specifically, they are obviously TRYING to slap the dead and bereaved in the face. Stinking trolls is all they are, and they warrant as much respect as trolls. Most other gun-owners would regarded these people with contempt and disgust.

    • juneyweber
    • 8/14/2013 6:24 PM

    What is interesting here is that everyone is throwing the second amendment out there without noting it was established to have a well regulated militia in order to preserve liberty... Cruising to Starbucks for a latte with your .45 hardly seems to follow that...

    • keekee1960
    • 8/17/2013 12:23 PM

    This is a business and is not a place for group rallies! There are customers who frequent Starbucks who have nothing to do with any of this! Whoever started this rally did not get permission to do it in the first place! There are better places to meet at to push their beliefs on others. This could turn out to be a disaster with more innocent people getting hurt. There is always someone in the crowd that has to cause trouble. This is total disrespect for the victims and their families!

    • rlewis44
    • 8/23/2013 2:35 AM

    Without a stand on whether it was in support of open carry or not, it was probably in the best interest ofeveryone that the store closed as it is not a forum for that kind of demonstration or debate. It is appalling to read so many uninformed comments here though. Read your history and see how well anarmed citizens fare in the long run. Its great when the only people armed are the criminals. Also, take a good look at who was carrying the gun, was it the legal owner? I don't think so.

    • TREXERT
    • 8/26/2013 11:37 AM

    Hmmm, if you don't believe in carrying a gun, don't carry a gun that's fine with me. If you do carry/own guns you should consider being a responsible gun owner and buying a safe. I believe in controlling my gun, not leaving it accessible.
    I'm cool with Starbucks not taking a stance either way. I think they would be STUPID to take a position.

    • TREXERT
    • 8/26/2013 11:38 AM

    By the way, it's pretty cool of Starbucks to host this forum of free speech
    where all of us FREE people can state our opinions in a diplomatic way.

    Thanks Starbux

    • yellopickle@gmail.com
    • 8/27/2013 7:28 PM

    Good for Starbucks for showing respect for Newtown families. Civility and respect are obviously not American values these days - "rights" seem to be the only important thing to this country now. God forbid anyone to take away your "rights" to act like a disrespectful a-hole. A bunch of rednecks is what we're becoming and I'm sick of it. Bottom line - the only way for violence-promoting gun nuts to ever learn is to feel the exact pain of losing their own loved ones to gun violence.

    • lhom37@gmail.com
    • 9/3/2013 6:50 PM

    I think we are giving starbucks way too much credit/power......They sell coffee!!

    • mystarbuckscards
    • 9/5/2013 2:39 PM

    Starbucks: "Our long-standing approach to this topic has been to comply with local laws and statutes in the communities we serve."

    I am left to wonder who was the ill informed individual at Starbucks that deciding closing a store early was in accordance with Starbucks clearly stated policy?

    • jvasquez12
    • 9/11/2013 8:01 PM

    I think it's great that you're doing what you can to support the families. Keep up the good work.

    • ponadake@yahoo.com
    • 11/23/2013 4:08 PM

    just as Norma said I cannot believe that a person able to get paid $7508 in one month on the computer. go to website ...........jobs64.com

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