2) Gutless (actually read the letter here: LINK
...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.
3) Only "applies" to "open carry" (NOT CCP holders)
Of course, the NOLA.com video shows just how fricking stupid people are. If some crazy person wants to shoot up a Starbucks, I doubt seriously they will honor this "request" (or even a ban). If it does happen, the patrons better hope there's a CCP holder (or an "open carry" that did not honor the "request).
ETA - They're a private business, they can do what they want.
This post was edited on 9/19 at 4:11 pm