January 23, 2013

Groupon Attempts to Distance Itself from Gun Deals Amid Controversy


I’ll admit it: I am addicted to Groupon. One day, I swear this website will make me go broke as its amazing, reduced price everything seems to be something that I truly need and fast. In fact, this holiday season I bought all of my loved ones the perfect gift through this budget-friendly platform.

However, with the country currently in flux due to extreme acts of violence that keep occurring due to guns, even Groupon can’t escape the wrath it has been receiving from advertising and promoting gun-related deals and in turn, has ultimately decided to suspend anything that has to do with weapons for the time being at least.

In a recent report from CNN, Julie Mossler, a representative for Groupon, revealed that the company "has been testing firearm-related deals including shooting ranges and concealed weapons courses for the last eight months. Based on performance and customer and merchant feedback, it's clear they're not a fit right now."

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While Mossler didn’t add if the daily discount mega site would ever bring back deals related to firearms, the ban came at a time where gun lovers are getting more frustrated by the loss of their right to bear arms by the day. Central Texas Gun Shop owner Michael Cargill is one of the more vocal gun advocates, recently complaining to AOL's Daily Finance that his Groupon deal, a half off reduction on concealed handgun license classes, was canceled with no warning.

"I said, 'I don't understand; we're in a contract,” Cargill commented. "He said, 'Well, we can suspend it.' I said, 'I'm going to talk to my lawyer about that.’”

While Cargill is now in talks with lawyers over the complaint that the company hadn’t paid him the money due for people who had purchased the deal before it was canceled, Groupon is only one of the many companies forced to alter the way it does business as horrific shootings continue to occur. There was just one yesterday that happened at a college campus in Texas actually.

Back in December, 3D printer company MakerBot revealed it would be no longer allowing users to create designs related to printable gun parts. MakerBot Representative Jenifer stated that the company's "focus is to empower the creative process and make things for good," so its mission of prohibiting gun-related designs seems to coincide.

Further in 2011, Ebay banned the sale of all firearms on the online auction and shopping website. Yet, it continues to sell parts and accessories to guns other than “any firearm part that is required for the firing of a gun,” according to eBay, which includes “bullet tips, brass casings and shells, barrels, slides, cylinders, magazines, firing pins, trigger assemblies, etc.”

The gun issue is a tough one because like many I believe that in certain circumstances guns are needed like when trying to prevent your family from being harmed by someone breaking into your house for a farmer trying to protect their countless acres of land.   But with all of these senseless acts of violence where innocent people are losing their lives due to technology, it makes you sit back and think if we can do without these crafted pieces of metal once and for all.




Edited by Rich Steeves



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