Gun activists getting a little ahead of themselves... :laugh: http://news.yahoo.com/starbucks-guns-in-stores-letter-140015379.html Starbucks CEO to customers: Please don't bring guns into our stores Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz is asking customers not to bring their guns into the stores but says he is not banning them. In an open letter to customers posted on the Starbucks website late Tuesday, Schultz explained the company had been "thrust unwillingly" into the middle of the gun debate, after gun rights group announced plans for a "Starbucks Appreciation Day" to recognize the Seattle-based chain's policy of allowing gun owners to bring in their weapons where permitted by state law. "That’s why I am writing today with a respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas," Schultz explained. "From the beginning, our vision at Starbucks has been to create a 'third place' between home and work where people can come together to enjoy the peace and pleasure of coffee and community. 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." He continued: Pro-gun activists have used our stores as a political stage for media events misleadingly called “Starbucks Appreciation Days” that disingenuously portray Starbucks as a champion of “open carry.” To be clear: we do not want these events in our stores. Some anti-gun activists have also played a role in ratcheting up the rhetoric and friction, including soliciting and confronting our customers and partners. But Schultz said customers who ignore his request to leave their guns at home would not be asked to leave. This is a request and not an outright ban. Why? Because we want to give responsible gun owners the chance to respect our request — and also because enforcing a ban would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers, and that is not a role I am comfortable asking Starbucks partners to take on. Schultz added: For those who champion “open carry,” please respect that Starbucks stores are places where everyone should feel relaxed and comfortable. The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers. The company said it plans to buy ad space to publish the letter on Thursday in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today.