Monday, January 21, 2013

Hey, Groupon offered gun-related deals

Posted By on 01.21.13 at 01:44 PM

A Garden & Gun cover
  • A Garden & Gun cover
I didn't know, but apparently they existed. At some point in time, the digital-coupon service offered deals on gun-related items such as shooting range outings and even concealed-handgun training. But that all ended last Friday when, as Fox7-TV in Austin, Texas, reported, Groupon canceled all of its gun-related deals. Here's the statement:

"All scheduled and current gun-related deals featured on Groupon North America, including shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting, have been placed on hiatus while we review internal standards that shape the deal inventory we feature. The category is under review following recent consumer and merchant feedback."

Groupon initially didn't offer gun-related deals: founder and CEO Andrew Mason told AOL Small Business in August 2010 that "there are things you won't see Groupon feature. We won't do shooting ranges, abortion clinics—we wouldn't do strip clubs or liposuction, things like that." When exactly Groupon changed its policy is unclear, but TheAtlantic.com ran an article on December 1, 2011, which claimed that, at the time, Groupon was still refusing to run deals on guns—a deal for clay shooting in Lawrence, New Jersey, ran five days later. But predating that is a deal for a subscription to a magazine I can't believe I'd never heard of called Garden & Gun, which features "a sweet pie of topics—ranging from cuisine and architecture to the sporting and gardening life—and reflects the beauty of Southern people and their passions with a witty style that never stoops to mockery. . . the Good Hunting column provides a gun-toter's guide to the latest austral arrivals." On first look, it's not quite the Oxford American or Texas Monthly, but worth checking out.

Elsewhere, Slate created a charticle of all the gun-related deaths in America post-Sandy Hook. Chicago has the highest death toll, with 46 reported deaths at the time of publishing. Number two? Newtown, Connecticut.

Tal Rosenberg writes about technology every Monday.

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