Created: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:52:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 09 Aug 2013 03:39:08 EST
Starbucks coffeeshops around the country are at the center of the debate between gun rights advocates and gun control advocates today as gunowners noted "Starbucks Appreciate Day."
The day is in recognition of Starbucks corporate policy that allows guns in their stores. The idea supposedly originated in Seattle--as did Starbucks--although the columnist credited with the idea says he has no idea how it started.
A Facebook page advertising the event says Starbucks has been the target of unjust attacks from groups that do not support their right to bear arms.
Organizers say they want to thank Starbucks for standing up for their rights and asked participants to follow all laws if they decide to carry a gun during the event and to wear pro-gun rights apparel.
Starbucks says it complies with laws in the communities it serves.
A gun control group in Newtown, Mass., is discouraging gun rights advocates from holding a rally at Starbucks.
Newtown Action Alliance, an advocacy group formed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, said the community was still healing and encouraged Starbucks to evaluate its policy allowing guns in their stores.