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March 31, 2011 – Comments (12)

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Satellite TV, Guns and Pizza
Posted by kid dynamite on March 30th, 2011

Satellite TV, Guns and Pizza

It’s not quite as poetic as the late great Warren Zevon’s Lawyers, Guns & Money:

But this Bloomberg story is good ol’ fashioned backwoods American:

A Montana store is offering a free gun to customers who sign up for satellite-TV service, drawing criticism from an advocacy group and the dealer’s parent RadioShack Corp., which is trying to stop the promotion.

The shop, located in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana about 50 miles off the highway, has tripled the number of signups for Dish Network Corp.’s service since starting the offer in October, store manager Fabian Levy said. When customers sign a Dish contract, they get a gift certificate for a gun that can be redeemed at Frontier Guns & Ammo, about 10 miles from the store.

Assuming customers pass an FBI background check at the gun store, the coupons can be exchanged for a Hi-Point 380 pistol or a 20-gauge shotgun that retail between $130 and $140. No license is needed in Montana to buy a gun.

“We pay for the guns out of our own pocket,” Levy said in a phone interview. “We’re trying to keep everything community oriented.”

Ahhh.  Good old community values.  Of course, there’s pushback:

“Offering a potentially lethal item as an incentive to buy a product is irresponsible, said Joshua Horwitz, executive director at the Washington-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. The risk of a potential lawsuit or unwittingly enabling a crime should be enough for a business owner to dismiss the idea of a gun giveaway, he said.

“The second something bad happens with one of those firearms, this gimmick is going to look really stupid,” said Horwitz. Background checks can sometimes be incomplete, he said.”

And there’s an alternative offer for those who don’t want guns:

“…the store offers an alternative gift for customers who don’t want a gun — a $50 coupon for Pizza Hut.”

Signs of the times… free guns or pizza. What more could we ask for?

-KD

12 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On March 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM, portefeuille (99.65) wrote:

Another reason not to move to the U.S., hehe ...

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#2) On March 31, 2011 at 10:09 AM, eldemonio (98.61) wrote:

I'm always looking for a way to get more bang for my buck. 

Guns don't kill people, Radio Shack and Dish Network kill people - er something like that.

 

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#3) On March 31, 2011 at 10:25 AM, binve (< 20) wrote:

eldemonio,

Guns don't kill people, Radio Shack and Dish Network kill people - er something like that.

Good one :).

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#4) On March 31, 2011 at 12:36 PM, portefeuille (99.65) wrote:



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(from here)

rate per 100000.

Russia 14.2
U.S. 5.2
Canada 1.7
Denmark 1.4
Italy 1.2
UK - England&Wales 1.2
Netherlands 1
Spain 0.9
Sweden 0.9
Germany 0.8
Switzerland 0.7
Norway 0.6
Austria 0.5

Homicide statistics, Criminal Justice Sources - Latest available year (2003-2008) (xls)

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#5) On March 31, 2011 at 12:40 PM, portefeuille (99.65) wrote:

Japan 0.5

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#6) On March 31, 2011 at 12:43 PM, portefeuille (99.65) wrote:

I think I would rather live in Tokyo than in Montana. I prefer Iodine-131 to guns ...

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#7) On March 31, 2011 at 12:54 PM, topsecret10 (< 20) wrote:

portefeuille (99.92) wrote:

I think I would rather live in Tokyo than in Montana. I prefer Iodine-131 to guns ...    LOL !!!!!

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#8) On March 31, 2011 at 8:48 PM, amassafortune (29.62) wrote:

This chart of Death by Major Causes 1960-2007 indicates that the Pizza Hut coupon is more likely to be linked to personal injury. 

Similar to connections made in Freakonomics, and consistent with this article that lends itself to spurious, inflammatory connections, note that the chart reveals rates of homocide and suicide have been declining since the early '70s. Violent ends have been declining since gasoline got expensive and Roe v Wade percolated its way up the judicial ladder.

In my area recently, two were killed, and a child struck in three separate texting incidents. If firearms and cell phones could be restricted to only the most responsible, there would be fewer deaths related to their use.

Joshua Horwitz, executive director at the Washington-based Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.... "Background checks can sometimes be incomplete, he said.” 

Mr. Horwitz refers here to the FBI NICS check Neither the FBI nor the gun shop is approving a gun sale before the check is complete. Unlike banks, a single clerical error on a single customer's NICS form can result in the owner losing his store. There can be errors in the database, and we all know the danger of not having a more comprehensive mental capacity component in the NICS requirements, but Mr. Horwitz' statement is little more than spin.  

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#9) On March 31, 2011 at 9:10 PM, whereaminow (24.34) wrote:

Europeans preaching to Americans about violence couldn't be more ironic.

Europe is just taking a break from centuries of slaughter inflicted upon themselves and others.  No one kills people like Europeans. 

It's particularly galling when the antagonist here is a fellow countryman of the Krupps.

David in Qatar

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#10) On April 01, 2011 at 1:06 AM, SolarisKing (< 20) wrote:

Europeans preaching to Americans about violence couldn't be more ironic.

Port isn't europe. He's just one man's opinion, David.

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I wonder if you fools live on the same planet as me. Everybody (male) i know has a gun. I'm 50 and i've lived throughout the US and other american countries also. I usually live in the countryside, but have lived in the ghetto for 10 years at a time . Most people i ever knew have unregistered guns.
   Yet in all that time i've seen about zero accidents and only a handful of deaths, and most of those between mutual antagonist.

Now on the other hand. Almost everybody i know drives a registered vehicle, after taking classes and a test.  I personally know and have seen thousands of accidental incidents with autos, and dozens of deaths, or more. Many innocents. Women and children. Grandmothers.

Yet everybody will get in a car tomorrow and think nothing of it, while they listen to gun control propaganda on the radio.

I don't get it.

Irony is when the current definition is the oposite of the original intent.

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#11) On April 01, 2011 at 9:44 AM, binve (< 20) wrote:

amassafortune,

This chart of Death by Major Causes 1960-2007 indicates that the Pizza Hut coupon is more likely to be linked to personal injury. 

Good point :)

In my area recently, two were killed, and a child struck in three separate texting incidents. If firearms and cell phones could be restricted to only the most responsible, there would be fewer deaths related to their use.

I am not objecting to guns being sold. I am not objecting to gun ownership. It just struck me as very odd to use a lethal weapon giveaway as an incentive to buy entertainment.

whereaminow,

:)

SolarisKing ,

I am not objecting to guns being sold. I am not objecting to gun ownership. It just struck me as very odd to use a lethal weapon giveaway as an incentive to buy entertainment...

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#12) On May 05, 2011 at 11:19 AM, SolarisKing (< 20) wrote:

Binve, i think i understood you, it was some of the other comments i was addressing.

As far as the biggest questions, i know they are complex. . . .

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