Starbucks Doesn’t Want Your Business

In light of the recent events at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C. the folks at Starbucks would rather you conservative gun toting freaks keep out of their stores. Ok, maybe that’s a little strong, they technically didn’t say that. In fact, their comments were much more respectful than that. Here is what Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz had to say on their company’s Facebook page.

Today Howard Schultz is respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring weapons into Starbucks stores, even where local laws allow. Read more here:

I have heard much harsher criticism from the left over a great many issues, so I won’t harbor any ill will to Mr. Schultz who at least had the manners to speak to us in a respectful manner.

Starbucks is a private business that has every right to decide whether or not to serve me because I happen to carry my weapon with me on a daily basis. I respect and admire an American capitalist for being willing to risk losing customers by taking a stand he sees as principled. However, that being said, Mr. Schultz and Starbucks can also be sure that they won’t ever see a dime from me again.

The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution guarantees my right to bear arms at all times. The city of Chicago may disagree, the folks in the capitol building in Atlanta may disagree, and Mr. Schultz of Starbucks may disagree — but they are wrong. So, as long as Illinois continues its Draconian campaign against law abiding gun holders – I won’t be visiting the land of Lincoln. I’ll spend my tourist dollars elsewhere. As long as the legislators in Atlanta who vote to violate my 2nd Amendment rights by enforcing dumb regulations or not signing off on more freedom… I will vote against them. That includes Governor Deal. Starbucks makes a ton of money. They are one of (if not the) nation’s most important, powerful, wealthy coffee institution, and they will likely not miss my presence. However, if my freedom is not welcome in their stores, then I am not welcome in their stores.

starbucksgunsMr. Schultz may have delivered a respectful and well-worded essay on why he didn’t want our weapons in his chain of coffee houses – but what he was really saying was that he doesn’t want any of us Republican, conservative, libertarian, NRA loving, gun toting, anti-government hate mongering freaks in his stores.

Hey may sound nicer than the leftists on MSNBC, but the message is the same – we don’t want your kind around.

Well don’t worry Starbucks. I won’t be bothering you with my dollars anymore. I’ll get my coffee elsewhere.


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Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Romulus Marketing and Bravera Holdings. He's also the managing editor at,, and the managing partner at You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their five wonderful children.

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