HARTFORD (CBS Connecticut) — Connecticut Democrats are pushing Starbucks to ban firearms from its coffee shops.
According to The Hill, a letter written by family members of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre to Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz was recently endorsed by Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Elizabeth Esty. The letter called for Schultz to “foster a culture of peace and ban guns from your stores.”
“[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 states, according to The Hill, adding that allowing firearms in the coffee shops “undermines the safety and well-being of our citizens.”
Starbucks follows open carry laws that complies with local laws and statutes nationwide, but does not allow its employees to carry firearms.
Po Murray, vice chairman of the Newtown Action Alliance, told The Hill that Schultz contacted Gilles Rousseau, father of Sandy Hook victim Lauren Rousseau, to talk about the letter.
They had “a nice conversation,” Murray said, adding that Schultz did not commit to meeting with the group.
“Nothing’s firm,” Murray said. “We would love Howard Schultz to come to Newtown.”
A Newtown Starbucks was at the center of controversy last month after the store closed early when gun rights advocates wanted to gather there to show support for the company for “Starbucks Appreciation Day.”
Starbucks vice president Chris Carr said on the company website that the decision was made out of respect to the community to close the store early.
Adam Lanza gunned down 26 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December.