READER PANEL: Starbucks bans guns

Farm Forum

The CEO of Starbucks this week issued a statement asking that patrons of Starbucks not bring guns when they come in to purchase coffee. What is your opinion on this action? Is it right or wrong? Did it not go far enough or too far?

I have not seen this in Aberdeen, although on trips to Omaha and Kansas City, I have seen signs requesting “no guns.” In that case, if you need to shop there, you should honor their request and leave your firearm locked in your car, or another option would be to spend your money elsewhere. They have their rights just as I have my right to carry.

— Russell Brandt, Aberdeen

If he cannot see them (the guns), what is he worried about? He should be more worried about the man who enters the door talking to himself and then answering. He was just catering to the yuppies with the pocket protectors, but they are more likely to go postal.

— Mark Holty, Aberdeen

I feel this is sad; where is the common sense? Why would people need to be told to bring guns or not? If there was more respect and faith in God, this would be a no-brainer.

— Dorothy Graves, Aberdeen

It’s wrong. He went too far. It depends on the state. I like Starbucks coffee, but if he follows through with that proclamation, he may as well pull Starbucks out of South Dakota completely. He may be trying to set a precedence. (My days as a Starbucks customer may be over; what should I buy now?)

— Bill Fuhrman, Hub City of the Dakotas

I am a retiring farmer and am in the process of interviewing potential young farmers to succeed me. I will put in the lease contract that no assault weapons or high magazine clip guns will be allowed on my rental property. As a family orientated farmer, I welcome this growing support from the Starbucks’ organization.

— Robert Thullner, Herreid

Asking patrons not to carry a weapon into your business is your right and should be respected. However, the state has authorized a right to carry to that person and trusting that person to not be obvious or dangerous with the weapon. It went far enough. Don’t start trouble.

— Kenneth Stuart, Aberdeen

This is pretty much stating the obvious. I don’t think many people would patronize an establishment whose guests are often armed. In this age of daily shootings, I would expect more and more establishments to ban firearms on their premises to avoid a potential shooting in their place of business, which would lead to people avoiding them.

— Jacob Lakhany, Aberdeen

What a great idea. Not! Announce to all criminals that, if they want to rob or shoot up a Starbucks, they will encounter zero resistance. Wonder how long it’ll take? Should start a pool. How’d he get to be CEO with the lack of common sense he’s showing?

— Rod Lammer, LaMoure, N.D.

Starbucks can declare any gun issue-policy they like. I like McDonald’s coffee and their products, so I don’t go to Starbucks. For years, I have had a concealed pistol permit, but never carry a weapon anywhere.

— Bernie Webb, Gettysburg

The owner can ban someone with a gun, if he pleases. I think he will gain more customers. Personally, I don’t know if (when I see a person with a gun whether) that’s a crazy person about to go off killing people or someone excercising his right to bear arms in public with an exposed gun.

— Ryan Roehr, Aberdeen

All he did was ask. A person with a concealed carry permit will still be allowed to carry if they choose. I prefer a well-armed general public so that the criminals and deviants who walk among us do so with a touch of fear.

— Keith Petersen, Aberdeen

As a private business it is their right to ask this of customers, but I don’t understand why you would. Why would a business alienate this demographic? Legal carriers of firearms aren’t the ones shooting up neighborhoods; they just want to protect themselves against those people.

— Spencer Poel, Aberdeen

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