Since they’ve solved all the nation’s other problems, President Obama and his minions and the media (pardon the redundancy) are going back to liberal basics; they are beating the drums for gun control (there’s a much bigger piece on the subject coming soon).
Part of this is some renewed activity on the part of the myriad astroturf gun control “groups” – almost invariably tiny groups of addled activists – to try to push the anti-human-liberty agenda. These groups and their tiny but clout-enhanced coteries of followers – whom I affectionately call “orcs”, because they represent everything Tolkien intended with his fictional soldiers of darkness – are trying, with the full connivance of the mainstream media, to agitate for gun control, or at the very least enhanced harassment of the law-abiding gun owner.
Starbucks is in the crosshairs.
When the orcs approached some national coffee chains, they found a willing audience that was in tune with the shallow, showy, shrill politics of their most stereotypical customers – shallow, showy, shrill liberal coffee drinkers. Some national chains banned guns (in the hands of the law-abiding citizen – carry permit holders and the like) on their premises.
Starbucks held the line for liberty, enacting a policy that deferred to local laws – as any sensible business should.
The orcs are organizing to try to boycott Starbucks.
An anti-gun group is attempting to organize a nationwide Valentine’s Day boycott of Starbucks over the coffee chain’s gun policy.
Starbucks does not ban guns in its stores; rather, it defers to local laws. The National Gun Victim’s Action Council (NGAC) says that amounts to a pro-gun policy that endangers customers.
Gun owners, and other civil rights activists, are rallying to support The Buck tomorrow. If you support civil rights, do the following:
- Go to Starbucks on Tuesday. I don’t care if the thought of spending $2 for a cup of coffee galls you – it does me too. But swallow your pride and buy a damn cup. And then…
- Tell the manager why. I never go to Starbucks. But I will – because of their principled stance. I will tell the manager to his/her face exactly why I’m supporting them. Leave a tip for the barrista, while you’re at it.
- Go to Starbucks.com, or their Facebook and Twitter pages, and tell them what you told the manager. Be polite, professional and civil; don’t get in their way; maybe just leave them a note.
Too often we gun owners – like conservatives as a whole, when social issues come up – are as quiet and unassuming as our concealed firearms. Orc groups – the NGAC, “Citizens for a
“Safer” Supine Minnesota and the VIolence Policy Center make up for their dearth in numbers by making lots of noise (having a sympathetic media doesn’t hurt ‘em, of course).
It’s time to speak up. And caff up.