Starbucks strongly defended its decision to allow pro-gun advocates to bring their weapons to the Starbucks in Newtown, Conn., on Friday's “Starbucks Appreciation Day.”
However, only hours before the gun owners were to gather, Starbucks closed the store.
In a complete reversal, Starbucks vice president Chris Carr said the sudden decision was made out of respect to the Newtown community.
However, Starbucks ignored please from the Newtown community for days leading up to “Starbucks Appreciation Day.”
“I came here to support Starbucks for supporting the Constitution," said gun supporter Dom Basile to the News Times. "Now, they’re not supporting us.”
“Our community is still healing, and we find it reprehensible that they are picking Newtown to rally,” said David Ackert, founder of the Newtown Action Alliance, a gun control group.
Carr claimed Starbucks did not sponsor the gun event.
However, by providing private space for the event, Starbucks was not only supporting it, but could have been held legally liable had their been any store shootings.
Ironically, Starbucks bans its employees from carrying guns and prohibits guns in its Seattle headquarters.
Source: News Times