Take Two for September 19, 2013

Starbucks CEO says guns no longer welcome in stores

Starbucks Announces That Guns Are Not Welcome In Its Cafes

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A man exits a Starbucks cafe in Manhattan on September 18, 2013 in New York City. Starbucks announced it will no longer welcome guns inside its cafes following the Washington Navy Yard shootings which left 13 dead.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced this week that guns are no longer welcome in its stores.

"Guns and weapons should not be part of the Starbucks experience. And our customers and all of you will be much more comfortable if our customers would not bring that gun into a Starbucks store."

The fact that he said it out loud might be surprising to you latte sippers out there. After all, a Frappuccino, scone and glock don't tend to be in the same place at the same time.

In most states, however, it's completely legal to openly carry a firearm. In the past several months, activists had been meeting at Starbucks with their guns in tow to demonstrate that point. But for a country all too familiar with mass shootings, that right is being tested against people's fear of another fatal event.

Joining us now is Adam Winkler, professor of constitutional law at UCLA, and author of, "Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America."

 


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