The Washington Times - July 19, 2013, 10:14AM

A Sig Sauer with that non-fat vanilla latte?

Uh, no, says the Indiana-based grassroots group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which has launched a campaign to demand that the almighty Starbucks franchise ban guns from its stores nationwide.


The company currently allows patrons to bring loaded firearms into their stores in states where public carrying is permitted, the group says.

A petition and letter writing campaign are underway; the ladies are contacting local newspapers and rattling their social media chain.

“Many moms are unaware that if they take their children to a Starbucks, their children may be standing next to a customer who has a loaded weapon,” says Shannon Watts, founder of the group. “Starbucks needs to understand that they must take the safety of our children and families as seriously as mothers do.”

Their petition to the Starbucks CEO reads:

Dear Starbucks - Howard Schultz. Please change your policy that allows guns in Starbucks stores. Just because a state allows open carry doesn’t mean Starbucks stores have to. In fact, your competitors don’t. Nearly eight children are shot and killed each day in America; Starbucks can prove its commitment to social responsibility by providing a safe environment for children and families.”