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As a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, I am shocked and confused over why Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently banned smoking within 25 feet of the company's coffee shops but continues to allow customers to carry loaded weapons inside. Unlike its competitors, Starbucks allows customers to bring loaded guns in stores in states that allow firearms to be carried openly.

I do not want to unknowingly expose my children to loaded weapons when I purchase coffee. There have been several shootings at Starbucks around the country recently, and I want to prevent this from happening in my community.

I am asking Mr. Schultz to institute corporate policies that promote a common-sense approach to protecting children and families from the growing epidemic of gun violence. As a valued community citizen, Starbucks could play an important role in addressing this crisis by immediately banning loaded guns from its stores.

Gun violence is not just a legislative issue: Companies and businesses can help create a culture that values gun safety. By instituting a policy banning guns in its stores, Starbucks would make a crucial statement about how much it values the safety of its customers.

Women oversee nearly 80 percent of household spending decisions. Moms Demand Action is helping them make sure they spend those dollars at businesses that respect and support the safety of their families. We will not rest until real gun reform takes place in America's businesses and legislatures.

Lisa Otterstrom

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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