Despite some premature celebration by critics of the new Seattle Gun Free Zones trespassing program announced this week, the local chain of cupcake stores has not dropped out of the program. Owner Jody Hall says a “glitch” knocked Cupcake Royale off the gunfreeseattle.org participant list but that her stores remain part of the program. The site roster has already been updated to restore CR to the list — and break the hearts of any cupcake-loving critics of the program who had been taking to social media to celebrate.
Using messages cut from similar cloth if not an organized campaign, pro-gun advocates have been active on Facebook, Twitter and in the comments sections of sites across Seattle following Monday’s launch of the new program. Attacking elements of the seeming symbolic nature of the program and threatening boycotts, the messages have certainly activated those dedicated to the cause. Capitol Hill-based The Stranger has reported on some of the activities here: Gun Nuts Threatening Gun-Free Zone Establishments.
Fortunately, it seems that many local business owners can give as well as they take. Dave Meinert, part of the ownership behind CHS advertiser Lost Lake and Big Mario’s, seems to be enjoying the opportunity to go toe to toe with the anti-gun control crowd. “I’m not worried,” Meinert tells CHS. “I really think these people are obsessed with guns to the point of a fetish. The more they talk, the more the general public will realize how borderline crazy they and the gun rights movement is.”
Washington CeaseFire, the group organizing the Gun Free Zone program, offers up a slightly more conservative approach to dealing with the unsurprising tide of backlash.
“We are asking businesses to hang in there.. things usually calm down in a week or so,” one representative writes. “Best is to [not] engage.” The rep adds that “many of those pushing are not even customers, just active gun proponents, many don’t even live in Seattle.” The group is advising businesses can point to the Seattle Municipal Code “that allows businesses the right to create conditions of entry to their establishment” and to tell customers “that gun owners are more than welcome, just not their gun.”
CeaseFire’s Ralph Fascitelli, part of the press conference Monday at Oddfellows announcing the new program, put it more succinctly. “Ask them to hang in there,” he said. “Those aren’t their customers complaining.”
You can sign up or view participating businesses in the program here.