I love a good deal. I love new and fun activities. I check my email in the morning to see if there is anything good for my family. This morning, I saw that Living Social is offering its subscribers 50% off a NC Concealed Carry Handgun Class.
Honestly, I was shocked and disappointed. This is a site dedicated to bringing new and fun social activities and the occasional spa package to our lives at a discount. Learning about handguns is serious business, and as a huge advocate of gun control, I thought that their usual cheeky introduction was inappropriate, to say the least. Actually I would think the serious owner of a gun might question the tone of this too. This is not the first Concealed Handgun class they have offered in the country. All were presented in the same light hearted manner, as if getting a permit to walk around with a hidden gun were some sort of fun social activity and not learning and being allowed to carry a weapon that is made to kill people.
The days of Annie Oakley are long gone, so before you can start splitting playing cards on their edge (or packing some self-defense), you’ll need to fire $85 at today’s deal (Link)
There’s no need to look like Elmer Fudd when it comes to handling a gun. To save you from feeling like a silly wabbit, we’re bringing out the big guns with today’s deal (Link)
Envious of how fictional characters like James Bond and Lara Croft are cool under fire and able to handle anything that comes up? You can become that way too, in real life, just by going to school – Badass School, that is (Link)
Phoenix might not be the Old West of yore, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know how to saddle up and protect yourself (Link)
I understand that North Carolina (along with every other state excluding Illionos) is a Concealed Carry State. That does not mean that all of us Charlotteans are cool with it. I know that gun control is a very divisive issue. For my part, I am all the way gun control. I actually am fully against the personal possession of handguns outside of a weapon stored and used at a shooting range. I don’t like guns in homes and on people and I am extremely uncomfortable with the thought of people having guns on their person I do not know about. In some ways that is besides the point. Whether you are a card carrying member of the NRA or an avid gun control supporter like myself, we should agree that guns are a SERIOUS issue and a SERIOUS responsibility.
Guns are not about being Badass. That one made me gag. We should not feel like a silly wabbit if we don’t pull a trigger and really…Annie Oakley…you do not need to conceal a weapon to become one of the best female sharp shooters and perform. Everyone knew Annie Oakley had a gun.
I am one one side of gun control. Many people, including people in my family, are on the other side. We all feel strongly. Gun control is a major issue in our country and a daily deals site is not the place to offer such a course. Given that handguns are used to kill people, I do not think that this class fits the Living Social idea. I wonder if anyone in the office there thought about this deal and how some of us might feel before they ran it? The thought of making it easier than it already is in N.C. to get and conceal a handgun made me cringe. As of this morning 49 more people here want to hide their handguns. That just makes me sad.
I am sending an email to Living Social and hope to receive a response.
What do you think? In your opinion was the language used to present these deals and / or the deal itself inappropriate in your eyes?
I will write more on gun control in the future and welcome responses from all. I know that as people we have different view points and that the vast majority of gun owners are responsible citizens. I still love all of you. I just don’t love your guns. I am happy to hear your opinions.