(PRWEB) November 19, 2013
A Tellwut online survey found that 60% of Tellwut online panelists agree with Shultz’s request to patrons not carry firearms while on the premises of Starbucks locations. In contrast, 18% do not agree while 21% of voters remain undecided. Tellwut measured public sentiment regarding an open letter Shultz wrote that requested customers no longer bring their guns into stores, despite the legal right to openly carry guns in certain States. According to Shultz, “For these reasons, today we are respectfully requesting that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas—even in states where “open carry” is permitted—unless they are authorized law enforcement personnel.”
Although, the letter continued by stating that this is a request and not a ban, many people were surprised that a company of such stature would put itself forward as a public platform to denounce the use of guns. No other national corporation has followed in the footsteps of Starbucks. Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds both stated when asked about their open carry of guns policy, that their stores and or franchise owners follow federal, state and local laws. When asked whether panel members felt that businesses should be able to make such requests of its patrons, results showed that 58% of panel members view prohibiting the open carrying of guns a good way to ensure positive customer experience, while 17% of voters felt that companies should not act as lawmakers and 23% of voters were undecided.
Even though 60% of respondents felt that Starbucks had the right to request a no carrying of guns policy for their outlets, 65% of Tellwut American members believe that the “Right to Bear Arms” should remain a constitutional right. This sentiment is glaringly different from Canadian attitudes, where the right to bear arms is not part of the Canadian Constitution and only 20% think it should be. Even if more corporations request a no carry gun policy at their stores, it does not appear that the right to bear arms is going anywhere in our lifetime.
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