So here I am, blogging at Starbucks in Austin, carrying concealed in the liberal heart of red state Texas. The city of tall men and beautiful women may not be entirely representative of Starbucks foot traffic around the country but a random survey of a dozen of their caffeine palaces reveals that the Moms Demand Action anti-ballistic boycott has had no effect whatsoever on Starbucks’ bottom line. Not that the boycott was the point, exactly. The anti-gunners asked supporters to forgo their Joe and donate the money to MDA instead. As you’d expect, their main mission’s media manipulation. Mission accomplished. Starbucks’ gun policy brews ‘grande’ protest msnbc.com proclaims, mistaking minuscule for tall (if you know what I mean). Gun control group: ‘Skip Starbucks Saturday’ usatoday.com reports obsequiously enough. Meanwhile, back in the real world . . .
nada. TTAG’s highly caffeinated Armed Intelligentsia report (in the comments below) that they’ve seen no diminution of devotees at local branches of the Seattle coffee purveyor. No surprise there.
Despite the ever-so-supportive mainstream media, fueled and emboldened by the bloody shirt waving that followed the Newtown spree killing, anti-gunners still don’t have anything remotely resembling a “base.” A timesdispatch.com report from the Mayors Against Illegal Guns “No More Names” bus tour’s Virginia stop tells the tale. Richmond rally supports more checks for gun purchases reports that a participant was “Speaking to a sparse crowd — perhaps 15 [carefully photographed] local supporters.”
No need for complacency. Gun rights are far from secure, especially in California, New Jersey, Connecticut, Illinois, etc. Not to mention the federal level. But right now, right here, it’s safe to say that the civilian disarmament industry’s rallies are nothing more than clouds in my coffee. The Moms Demand Action Starbuck boycott was in vain. Great name, though.