CREDO has a press release I’d like to share with you. Bolding is mine:
The online deal site LivingSocial is promoting gun deals, including offers involving assault weapons, by urging their customers to visit shooting ranges and drink alcohol – all in one go. CREDO today launched a campaign urging LivingSocial to drop all deals on guns.
CREDO released a new report in partnership with The Gun Truth Project, and supported by MomsRising, “Dying Social: Deals To Die For,” which details LivingSocial’s promotions for events combining alcohol and guns, and examines incidences where that combination has led to deadly outcomes.
The report is available at http://act.credoaction.com/
“In the wake of Newtown, I’d like to know how the people who own or work for Living Social can justify profiting from the packaging of AK47 shooting sprees with an evening of bourbon shots,” said Becky Bond, CREDO’s Political Director. “Living Social is offering deals that would make even the NRA blush — not to mention endangering the public health by suggesting pairing assault weapons with alcohol binges is just good clean fun.”
LivingSocial has refused to implement a policy ceasing gun-related events, even in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre. That position is in stark contrast to its competitor Groupon, which discontinued them in January. Several other online marketplaces, including Amazon.com (a LivingSocial investor), Craigslist and eBay, prohibit trade in firearms and related accessories like ammunition and scopes.
The report details the irresponsibility with which Living Social has promoted its gun-related events, including one deal touting “a day of popping caps and sipping on taps.” It also runs through the dangers of mixing alcohol and guns, including the fact that 86 percent of gun murders are committed by people who were drinking before they opened fire.
CREDO is recommending that:
LivingSocial should stop helping the gun industry by offering deals on guns or at gun ranges, or any other kind of shooting event.
LivingSocial should never offer packages that combine drinking with shooting or any other dangerous activity.