If you’re standing in line for a Starbucks latte in Sterling, VA today and the person in front of you has got a gun at their hip, don’t worry.
Ed Levine, executive director of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, founder of Virginia Open Carry, and the man behind one of the websites with the title “I Love Guns and Coffee,” is trying to make February 22 an annual “Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day.” And today is the first-ever.
Starbucks has always maintained that they are simply trying to follow the local laws in the areas where their cafes operate. So if they’re located in an open carry state, you’re not asked to leave. In that sense, gun supporters have embraced Starbucks though the company, according to The Washington Post, wants to stay “steadfastly neutral.”
There’s a Facebook page for today’s event. One example of a comment: “I plan to be at the Starbucks in the Clocktower Center – 2407 Centerville Rd, Herndon, VA, 20171 starting around noon tomorrow. I’ll be the short blonde lady with the shiny 1911 on her left hip. See you there!”
The question is whether this is going to drive business to these Starbucks away, or drive people away. Do people in search of their morning/afternoon coffee care?