Connecticut Democrats are throwing their weight behind the campaign pressing Starbucks to prohibit firearms in their coffee shops nationwide.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Rep. Elizabeth Esty endorsed a recent letter – spearheaded by victims of December’s shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School – asking Starbucks chief executive Howard Schultz to help “foster a culture of peace and ban guns from your stores.”The Starbucks gun policy – which allows customers to carry firearms, including concealed weapons, in accordance with local laws – “undermines the safety and well-being of our citizens,” the signers say.”[T]o prevent another Sandy Hook, we as a society must prioritize the sanctity of human life over the individual’s ‘right to carry,'” the letter reads.The gun control advocates are asking Shultz to meet them at the Starbucks in Newtown, Conn. – site of the Sandy Hook tragedy – and discuss the issue over (what else?) cups of coffee.
Responding to the letter, Schultz spoke by phone last weekend with Gilles Rousseau, the father of Sandy Hook victim Lauren Rousseau, according to Po Murray, vice chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance, an advocacy group that helped organize the letter. Lauren Rousseau was a teacher at Sandy Hook, and a Starbucks barista, who was killed during the shooting.