In a carefully worded letter, the CEO of Starbucks asked customers to “no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas.
The backstory is that Starbucks’ permissive policy – or rather, a lack of a prohibition – on firearms had attracted the attention of advocates of open carry, who were holding “Starbucks appreciation days” where they would, apparently in numbers, patronize Starbucks with their weapons in plain view. This is, in fact, theoretically legal almost everywhere for everyone; it is only concealed carry that has required a license. In practice, of course, open carry often attracts law enforcement attention, and usually provokes negative reaction from somebody.
America will be a safer, freer, more manly place when we recover a heritage in which almost all adults go about with arms, and those in plain view. In the meantime, however, we’re stuck with the culture we have. I agree with Ace: a decent respect for the opinions of our fellow citizens ought to lead us to keep our weapons concealed. At a minimum, it should make us aware that, say, carrying a rifle into Starbucks might be contextually inappropriate, and possibly provocative, even to people who don’t have a preexisting agenda about guns.