Press release with comment after Starbucks halfway-ban on guns in the shops today:
STARBUCKS GOT MN MOMS DEMAND ACTION STROLLER JAM MESSAGE
[Saint Paul, MN] September 18, 2013
Starbucks woke up and smelled the coffee! Starbucks announced today that the company will no longer allow guns on its property, both inside and outside. According to Starbucks’ new policy, which goes into effect today, “Everyone is welcome in our stores, but weapons are not."
For the past several months, Moms Demand Action members have been calling on Starbucks to eliminate guns from its stores. More than 60,000 Americans signed our petition asking them to change their weapons policy.
Moms Demand Action MN Chapter held a stroller jam at the Grand Avenue Starbucks in Saint Paul on September 7th asking Starbucks to change its gun policy. Families from around the Twin Cities participated and their voices resonated locally and around the country. From the youngest voices of small children to the eldest voices of grandparents, we were simply asking Starbucks to provide a safe and comfortable environment for their customers.
Today, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz respectfully requested that "customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas." And, "Our values have always centered on building community rather than dividing people, and our stores exist to give every customer a safe and comfortable respite from the concerns of daily life." Moms couldn't agree more! We thank and congratulate Starbucks for making the decision to take the safety of our children and families as seriously as we do.
Jane Kay, chapter lead of Minnesota Moms Demand Action, is proud that Minnesota members played a role in Starbucks' change on the gun policies in their stores. "Just a week and half after we held our stroller jam in front of the Starbucks on Grand Avenue Saint Paul, Starbucks has agreed that guns + coffee make no sense. Moms are about changing hearts and minds around the conversation of guns in our communities, and we are clearly making a difference."
About Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Much like Mothers Against Drunk Driving was created to change laws regarding drunk driving, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America was created to build support for common-sense gun reforms. The nonpartisan grassroots movement of American mothers is demanding new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our children and families. In just nine months, the organization has more than 100,000 members with a chapter in every state in the country. For more information or to get involved visit www.momsdemandaction.org. Follow us on Facebook
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