I was looking through my archives, because I remembered we did a Starbucks Appreciation before, and noticed it was Joe Huffman who originally came up with the idea, back two years ago when the anti-gun folks first spewed the notion of harassing Starbucks for, you know, following state law. Back then I posted my receipt from that day, and will do so again this time around. A reader suggested posting receipts in the comments, which I think is a fine idea.
Looking back on the last fight, the Brady’s got upset over Joe’s campaign rather early on, and Abby Spangler, from Protest Easy Guns, got a little sexist. Outside of McDonald, I noticed Paul Helmke and Peter Hamm looking pretty cold, and was tempted to bring them some Starbucks as a joke. I’m only sorry I didn’t follow through (I didn’t want to get out of line and risk losing my place). Things were different then. Brady was more professional, and the other side wasn’t practicing the kind of frothing at the mouth demonization of their opponents that is now a favorite of the Laddites in the gun control movement. Lastly, Abby Spangler wouldn’t let the issue go.
I haven’t noticed the Brady organization saying anything about this year’s Starbucks Boycott effort. I suspect they don’t want to waste their time and energy on a battle they are quite likely going to lose. This current effort, two years after the first, is being lead by a particularly whacked out fringe group called National Gun Victims Action Council, who are now proclaiming:
Our economic lever cannot be overcome because we outnumber the NRA’s “extremist” faction by minimally 50 to 1. To establish the economic lever, NGAC will initiate targeted boycotts.
No, they don’t, because no one is paying any attention to them except for the frothing at the mouth crowd, and I can promise you we all have much greater buying power than they do. I have more Facebook fans than they do, and I just got started with that. I have an order of magnitude more Twitter followers, and I’m small potatoes in this issue. Take a look at who’s linking to the press release. These people have already lost, but they are too blind to see.
UPDATE: Competing events on Facebook. One here, and another here, the latter of which is the one I joined. I should note that the total number of people who say they are going is currently 3,771 across the two groups, which I expect will pass 4,000 before too long. This extremist anti-gun group has pretty clearly bitten off more than it can chew.
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