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Sugar and a Bit of a Bang in Your Coffee......

Posted on the 15 February 2012 by Mikeb302000
An interesting controversy, from MSN

Starbucks pulled into gun debate

The company says business is normal Tuesday even as groups promise action over its gun policies.

Starbucks (SBUX -0.26%) has become the unlikely center of a Valentine's Day debate over U.S. gun laws.
A group that aims to reduce gun violence says it is boycotting the coffee giant Tuesday because Starbucks has not stopped customers from bringing guns into stores when the law allows it. Starbucks has the legal right to ban guns, the National Gun Victim's Action Council says. The group has sent an open letter to Starbucks with its complaints.
That boycott didn't sit well with some gun owners, and some said they would visit Starbucks Tuesday to show their support. The gun owners have even created their own "I love guns and coffee" shirts, with an image of a gun-totin' Starbucks mermaid mascot to boot.
Starbucks seems to be trying to stay out of the issue. The company, which complies with local gun-control laws, said that all of its U.S. stores are open Tuesday and business is normal.
"Our long-standing approach to this issue remains unchanged and we abide by the laws that permit open carry in 43 U.S. states," the company said in a statement. "Where these laws don't exist, openly carrying weapons in our stores is prohibited."
Investors were unfazed by the gun debate. Starbucks shares were essentially flat Tuesday, closing at $49.12.

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