October 26, 2012
More Gun Giveaways In Georgia
Buy a diamond ring, and get a gun! Go vote, and get a gun! Man, I know the saying goes “Don’t mess with Texas”, but you ought to be careful in Georgia too; it seems like they’re giving away guns left and right down there.
Can you hear the liberals grinding their teeth yet?
Earlier this year in September, I blogged about D. Geller and Son Jewelry store in `or more, you’ll get a free hunting rifle. Well, not exactly. You’ll get a voucher for a free gun at Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, and if all your background checks clear, you can redeem the voucher for your gun.”
Those gun totin’ folks in Georgia are back at it again! (And wouldn’t ya know it? It’s the same exact store, Adventure Outdoors, in the same exact town, Smyrna GA)
“Eight billboards for Adventure Outdoors urge people to bring in their “I voted” sticker to enter a raffle for a Glock handgun or Browning rifle.”
Side note: Gun ownership does not directly correlate to crime rates, as proven by the 1970’s Washington DC gun ban debacle, but Smyrna GA seems pretty safe in comparison to other cities in the US. Smyrna is safer than 14% of US cities.
I guess it’s one thing to give out hunting rifles (not that they’re any safer or less lethal) but it’s another thing to be giving out handguns. Despite my opinion on the matter, Democratic State Sen. Vincent Fort of Atlanta has a different opinion on the matter, and is watchfully reviewing the offer for any chances of trouble, but do you blame him?
He “filed a complaint Tuesday, saying businesses are not even allowed under the law to offer free food or drinks to voters.”
In response, Store owner Jay Wallace said, “the raffle was open to anyone, even those who don’t vote.” The raffle is just being used as a vehicle to get people involved in the upcoming elections while stirring up some business at the same time.
Considering the success of the D. Geller and Son Diamonds and Rifles offer, I don’t think it’s a bad idea.
Reaction to the raffle has been “almost 100 percent positive,” Wallace said.
Aside from a few hate filled emails, and the occasional stick in the mud, most folks are all for it. Many of them would probably be voting either way; this just provides them an opportunity to win something they would probably be buying with their own dime otherwise.
“We received some almost slanderous emails,” he added. “I would say they’re on the side of not liking guns, to put it mildly.”
Regardless of the local reaction from customers and neighbors, they’re getting plenty of buzz in the media from their recent gun giveaways. This is my second time blogging about a store I’ve never been to in a city I’ve never been to, so I’m sure I’m not the only one.
Long story short, don’t mess with Georgia, and go vote!
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