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  • Dale Welch走进位于弗吉尼亚州的一家星巴克,腰上别着手枪的他点了一杯香蕉星冰乐外加一份肉桂小面包。他称至少有一位顾客忍不住再次打量了一下他的枪,但咖啡师们并未做出偷看的举动。 Dale Welch recently walked into a Starbucks in Virginia, handgun strapped1 to his waist, and ordered a banana Frappuccino with a cinnamon bun. He says the firearm drew a double-take from at least one customer, but not a peep from the baristas.

    Dale Welch突然光临这家咖啡店,此举是为了同许多枪支持有者一道,在几个允许人们公开携带枪支的州内,行使并宣传他们应有的权利。 Welch's foray into the coffeehouse was part of an effort by some gun owners to exercise and advertise their rights in states that allow people to openly carry firearms. 即使是在几个容许“公开携带枪支”的州,许多商店还是可以拒绝携带枪支者入内。而那些对枪支说不的商家,也与枪支拥有者展开了政治对抗。作为最大的连锁咖啡店,星巴克显然不接受这套。星巴克在本月的一项声明中称,将遵循州及地方法律(容许公开携带枪支),并表示其所有店铺都拥有自己的安全措施。 Even in some "open carry" states, businesses are allowed to ban guns in their stores. And some have, creating political confrontations2 with gun owners. But Starbucks, the largest chain targeted, has refused to take the bait, saying in a statement this month that it follows state and local laws and has its own safety measures in its stores. 枪支政策专家,密西西比大学政治学教授John Bruce表示:“星巴克之所以成为一个特别目标,是因为它起源于西海岸的嬉皮士文化,很多愿意花4美元来购买咖啡的忠实顾客,都期许星巴克会对枪支说不。但显然他们失算了。” "Starbucks is a special target because it's from the hippie West Coast, and a lot of dedicated3 consumers who pay $4 for coffee have expectations that Starbucks would ban guns. And here they aren't," said John Bruce, a political science professor at the University of Mississippi who is an expert in gun policy. 71岁的Dale Welch生活在弗吉尼亚州里士满市,是一位已退休的物业经理。他认为携带武器喝咖啡,这没什么不可以的。 Welch, a 71-year-old retired4 property manager who lives in Richmond, Va., doesn't see any reason why he shouldn't bear arms while he gets caffeinated. 他说:“除了我自己,没人能为我提供保护;所以我经常会随身携带武器,这已经成为我的一种生活方式——同时也波及到我经常光顾的咖啡店。” "I don't know of anybody who would provide me with defense5 other than myself, so I routinely as a way of life carry a weapon -- and that extends to my coffee shops," he said. 一月初,拥枪与反枪争夺零售商家的战争变得激烈起来。与此同时,北加利福尼亚州的枪支狂热份子们开始走进星巴克及其他的一些商店中,该州法律允许枪支持有者在公众场合公开携带武器,他们这样做也是为了检验此项立法的效力。随着该举动不断波及到其他的州,反枪支组织迅速对于在当地商店中举行的“枪支大游行”提出抗议。 The fight for retailers6 heated up in early January when gun enthusiasts7 in northern California began walking into Starbucks and other businesses to test state laws that allow gun owners to carry weapons openly in public places. As it spread to other states, gun control groups quickly complained about the parade of firearms in local stores. 在一些自发的游行中,只有一两名参与者携带枪支走进商场中。而在另一些有组织的游行中,数十人颇为自豪地携带武器走进一些餐厅。 Some were spontaneous, with just one or two gun owners walking into a store. Others were organized parades of dozens of gun owners walking into restaurants with their firearms proudly at their sides. 一次,约100名携带武器的活动者计划好前往加州胡桃溪市的加州披萨厨房聚会;但在得知他们并不受欢迎之后,他们只好前往另一家餐厅。而那家连锁店和皮兹咖啡一样,都是反枪支商户中的一员。 In one case, about 100 activists8 bearing arms had planned to go to a California Pizza Kitchen in Walnut9 Creek10, Calif., but after it became clear they weren't welcome they went to another restaurant. That chain and Peet's Coffee & Tea are among the businesses that have banned customers with guns. 就如同许多商店谢绝赤脚顾客进入,某几个州的餐厅和商店也一再重申自己开店的前提就是选择禁枪区。 Just as shops can deny service to barefoot customers, restaurants and stores in some states can declare their premises11 gun-free zones. “OpenCarry.org”团体是鼓励拥枪游行的领导组织,该组织发表声明为星巴克“决定对合法携枪顾客一视同仁”的举动而喝彩。 The advocacy group OpenCarry.org, a leading group encouraging the demonstrations12, applauded Starbucks in a statement for "deciding not to discriminate13 against lawful14 gun carriers.

    “星巴克被视为一家有责任感的公司,一家与时俱进的企业,而这项政策也正好与之相符。”“OpenCarry.org”的联合创始人John Pierce表示。“如果你们想拥护人权,那么就必须支持它们。我为它们喝彩,我本人也会竭尽全力,路上经过时,我会把这个消息告诉所有星巴克的经理。” "Starbucks is seen as a responsible corporation and they're seen as a very progressive corporation, and this policy is very much in keeping with that," said John Pierce, co-founder of OpenCarry.org. "If you're going to support individual rights, you have to support them all. I applaud them, and I've gone out of my way personally to let every manager of every Starbucks I pass know that."

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    1 strapped [stræpt] ec484d13545e19c0939d46e2d1eb24bc   第7级
    • Make sure that the child is strapped tightly into the buggy. 一定要把孩子牢牢地拴在婴儿车上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • The soldiers' great coats were strapped on their packs. 战士们的厚大衣扎捆在背包上。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    2 confrontations [kɒnfrʌn'teɪʃnz] c51194060d6a4df61a641d2290c573ad   第9级
    n.对抗,对抗的事物( confrontation的名词复数 )
    • At times, this potential has escalated into actual confrontations. 有时,这一矛盾升级为实际的对抗。 来自英汉非文学 - 行政法
    • These confrontations and uncertainties were bing played out for the first time on a global scale. 所有这一切对抗和不稳定,第一次在全球范围内得到充分的表演。 来自辞典例句
    3 dedicated [ˈdedɪkeɪtɪd] duHzy2   第9级
    • He dedicated his life to the cause of education. 他献身于教育事业。
    • His whole energies are dedicated to improve the design. 他的全部精力都放在改进这项设计上了。
    4 retired [rɪˈtaɪəd] Njhzyv   第8级
    • The old man retired to the country for rest. 这位老人下乡休息去了。
    • Many retired people take up gardening as a hobby. 许多退休的人都以从事园艺为嗜好。
    5 defense [dɪ'fens] AxbxB   第7级
    • The accused has the right to defense. 被告人有权获得辩护。
    • The war has impacted the area with military and defense workers. 战争使那个地区挤满了军队和防御工程人员。
    6 retailers ['ri:teɪləz] 08ff8df43efeef1abfd3410ef6661c95   第7级
    零售商,零售店( retailer的名词复数 )
    • High street retailers reported a marked increase in sales before Christmas. 商业街的零售商报告说圣诞节前销售量显著提高。
    • Retailers have a statutory duty to provide goods suitable for their purpose. 零售商有为他们提供符合要求的货品的法定义务。
    7 enthusiasts [ɪn'θju:zɪæsts] 7d5827a9c13ecd79a8fd94ebb2537412   第9级
    n.热心人,热衷者( enthusiast的名词复数 )
    • A group of enthusiasts have undertaken the reconstruction of a steam locomotive. 一群火车迷已担负起重造蒸汽机车的任务。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    • Now a group of enthusiasts are going to have the plane restored. 一群热心人计划修复这架飞机。 来自新概念英语第二册
    8 activists ['æktɪvɪsts] 90fd83cc3f53a40df93866d9c91bcca4   第7级
    n.(政治活动的)积极分子,活动家( activist的名词复数 )
    • His research work was attacked by animal rights activists . 他的研究受到了动物权益维护者的抨击。
    • Party activists with lower middle class pedigrees are numerous. 党的激进分子中有很多出身于中产阶级下层。 来自《简明英汉词典》
    9 walnut [ˈwɔ:lnʌt] wpTyQ   第8级
    • Walnut is a local specialty here. 核桃是此地的土特产。
    • The stool comes in several sizes in walnut or mahogany. 凳子有几种尺寸,材质分胡桃木和红木两种。
    10 creek [kri:k] 3orzL   第8级
    • He sprang through the creek. 他跳过小河。
    • People sunbathe in the nude on the rocks above the creek. 人们在露出小溪的岩石上裸体晒日光浴。
    11 premises [ˈpremɪsɪz] 6l1zWN   第11级
    • According to the rules, no alcohol can be consumed on the premises. 按照规定,场内不准饮酒。
    • All repairs are done on the premises and not put out. 全部修缮都在家里进行,不用送到外面去做。
    12 demonstrations [demənst'reɪʃnz] 0922be6a2a3be4bdbebd28c620ab8f2d   第8级
    证明( demonstration的名词复数 ); 表明; 表达; 游行示威
    • Lectures will be interspersed with practical demonstrations. 讲课中将不时插入实际示范。
    • The new military government has banned strikes and demonstrations. 新的军人政府禁止罢工和示威活动。
    13 discriminate [dɪˈskrɪmɪneɪt] NuhxX   第7级
    • You must learn to discriminate between facts and opinions. 你必须学会把事实和看法区分出来。
    • They can discriminate hundreds of colours. 他们能分辨上百种颜色。
    14 lawful [ˈlɔ:fl] ipKzCt   第8级
    • It is not lawful to park in front of a hydrant. 在消火栓前停车是不合法的。
    • We don't recognised him to be the lawful heir. 我们不承认他为合法继承人。

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