I am more relaxed and comfortable while armed and welcome armed, particularly among the sort that frequents coffee shoppes. My local coffee shoppe - yes, ONE - featured MoveOn.org literature and I have never been back. I pay $0.50/ounce for roasted bean and brew a great cuppa.I would like to clarify two points. First, this is a request and not an outright ban. Why? Because we want to give responsible gun owners the chance to respect our request—and also because enforcing a ban would potentially require our partners to confront armed customers, and that is not a role I am comfortable asking Starbucks partners to take on. Second, we know we cannot satisfy everyone. For those who oppose “open carry,” we believe the legislative and policy-making process is the proper arena for this debate, not our stores. For those who champion “open carry,” please respect that Starbucks stores are places where everyone should feel relaxed and comfortable. The presence of a weapon in our stores is unsettling and upsetting for many of our customers.