Is Starbucks trying to become the NRA's favorite company, or has the coffee titan just lost its nerve? For a company that's nearly conquered the world, Starbucks put up no resistance to "open-carry" advocates who want to treat their Virginia, California, and Washington stores like Wild West saloons, writes Derrick Z. Jackson. The company is hiding behind states' rights and a pretense of employee safety: It says it doesn't want to put baristas in the position of asking gun-toting and "law-abiding" customers to leave.
"As far as I am concerned, I can go without Starbucks the rest of my life as long as it plays the cowardly bartender," writes Jackson at the Boston Globe, who notes that the stock of Peet's Coffee rose after the announcement. "Until Starbucks has a nongunsmoking section, I hope to maintain those ticker trends by heading over to Peet’s. I prefer my coffee black: no cream, no sugar, no Glock."