Quick. Someone tell Schultz you CAN bring a loaded gun into his stores. Instant spit-take!
Starbucks has recently become an unwilling Ground Zero in the never-ending debate between those who love guns, and those who wish to make them scarce. And yesterday, CEO Howard Schultz fired a blank in his attempt to ease shareholder concerns that this duel might distract from the business of making money.
Fact is, it's perfectly legal to carry a weapon, even a loaded one, into any Starbucks in a state with open carry laws like Washington's. But that's not how Schultz sees it.
"I do want to clarify something you said that is not right," he said during Wednesday's Q&A. "You can't walk into Starbucks with a loaded gun. So that's not the issue. The issue is, the law allows you to walk in with a weapon that people can see that is unloaded."
Gun-control advocates at the Brady Campaign want Starbucks to stop serving strapped customers. And they jumped on Schultz's quote as evidence that the CEO doesn't realize "how dangerous Starbucks' policy really is." But man are they going to be disappointed when they found out the true source of Schultz's ignorance: he's secretly a Victrola junkie.