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Old 23rd May 2008, 13:57
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US car dealer in free gun offer

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7416120.stm


A car dealership in the United States is offering a free handgun with every vehicle sold.
Max Motors in Butler, Missouri, says sales have quadrupled since the start of the offer.
Customers can choose between a gun or a $250 (125) gas card, but most so far have chosen the gun.
Owner Mark Muller said: "We're just damn glad to live in a free country where you can have a gun if you want to."
The dealership sells new and old vehicles, including General Motors and Ford cars and trucks, and its logo shows a cowboy holding a pistol.
It has sold more than 30 cars and trucks in the past three days, an increase which the owners put down to their promotional offer.
Inspiration from Obama
Mr Muller said that every buyer so far "except one guy from Canada and one old guy" chose the gun, rather than the gas card.
He recommends a Kel-Tec .380 pistol, which he describes as "a nice little handgun that fits in your pocket".
He added that the promotion was inspired by recent comments from one of the Democratic nominees for the presidential election, saying: "We did it because of Barack Obama.
"He said all those people in the Midwest, you've got to have compassion for them because they're clinging to their guns and their Bibles. I found that quite offensive. We all go to church on Sunday and we all carry guns." The website advertisement for the offer, which continues until the end of the month, mentions that an approved background check on gun ownership is required.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 14:11
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Oh wow. Batten down the hatches for incoming.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 15:08
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Old 23rd May 2008, 15:15
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Makes a lot of sense to me... Probably a GM dealership, so the gun is useful to put the useless piece of crap you just bought out of it's misery at the first occasion.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 16:14
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Please allow me to take issue, Mr. MD, I'm a GM customer.

I have three cars in my driveway: A 2005 Chevy Aveo for mileage, a 2002 Chevy Venture minivan as my airport car, and a 1999 Pontiac TransAM convertible for fun.

Together I've accumulated 180,000 miles on these cars. Outside of routine maintenance (I change the oil every 3,500 to 4,000 miles) I've spent a total of $850 for repairs, all of it to replace power window motors on the TransAm. That's over eighteen years of driving for my wife and me. I've never had a breakdown or failure of my car to start. I'm quite pleased overall with the performance and economics of owning these cars, and will no doubt buy GM again.

Some of my Lexus, Mercedes, and BMW driving friends have from time to time told me of what I consider to be unbelievably exhorbitant maintenance and repair costs. I have owned two Mercedes and found that, as a rule, any trip to the dealer would cost me at least $500. I won't ever buy another, as I've aged/matured beyond the point where the status of a vehicle is worth the impracticality and cost of repair in owning one.

As I live in the States, parts and service availability for GM cars is ubiquitous. I get a lot more car and features for my money buying domestic, support my local (Detroit) economy, and if the dealer sees fit to offer me a cool pistol in the bargain, I'll just be a happy, happy man behind a great big grin.

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Old 23rd May 2008, 17:36
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Old 23rd May 2008, 17:38
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What exactly is the issue supposed to be?
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Old 23rd May 2008, 17:40
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He should be giving a bible away along with the gun!

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Old 23rd May 2008, 17:53
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He should be giving a bible away along with the gun!

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That's all we need bible bashing, gun slinging americans (perfect description of G Bush)
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Old 23rd May 2008, 17:55
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The drive by shooter package!
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Old 23rd May 2008, 17:58
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That's all we need bible bashing, gun slinging americans (perfect description of G Bush)
Aye, that's exactly what Barak Hussein Obama thinks of those in the Midwest.....

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Old 23rd May 2008, 18:18
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Ummm, "Bible bashing?"

Is that a translation thing?

'Bashing' in the US means insulting/derogatory speech towards said object.

'Thumping' would be the word with correct meaning.
 
Old 23rd May 2008, 19:01
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Yep, another example of being separated by a common language!

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Old 23rd May 2008, 19:13
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I have three cars in my driveway
I used to own cars like that but then I bought a Honda and now I get to go out on the road.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 19:47
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A free gun with every car. You crazy yanks!

Marvellous.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 20:29
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It is pejorative...

whether it is bible thumper, beater, basher or whatever. It's just a rude way of referring to one of those fundamentalist preachers with that shouty style. You know, the great, hoarse inhalation and then, "Praaaaise Jeeeesus! Aaaaaamen, brothers!" Well, whatever works for you, I guess.

The problem with the bible might be that the Good Book comes in different flavours. You would expect most of your customers to go for the King James version but there are others, of course. How would you know which ones to stock?

When I was living in Miami I was very interested to learn that 3 out of 4 drivers there went armed, supposedly. I was thinking about buying a gun myself but then I had an even better idea and left town instead! People kept turning up dead there; it was just that kind of place.

The nice thing about a story like this is that it has something for everyone. We Americans can cheer up over a success story, someone who has figured out how to sell American cars when everyone seems to want Toyotas and the sit-down-to-pee Euro brigade can just have their preconceptions confirmed.

If it is any consolation the car is far more likely to kill someone than the gun if numbers are anything to go by!
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Old 23rd May 2008, 21:13
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Some of my Lexus, Mercedes, and BMW driving friends have from time to time told me of what I consider to be unbelievably exhorbitant maintenance and repair costs.
As my car is out of warranty, I stay away from main dealers for servicing and the cost is very reasonable. My "exhorbitant repair costs", in almost three years, have consisted of two rear light bulbs and a headlight bulb. I replaced them myself.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 21:14
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the car is far more likely to kill someone than the gun
Now if the sales offer was one free car with every gun purchased - then is the time to get worried
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Old 23rd May 2008, 21:41
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I really don't see a problem with this except for new gun owners the car dealership should also give them some type of free training certificate with the firearm.
Some gun shops will do this for free when the hand gun is purchased.
Nothing worse than some new in-experienced gun owner having to pull the gun in self defense and being scared to fire it.
This is worse than having no gun at all.
Proper training and respect for guns and when and how to use them is the best way.
This is America, we are allowed to own guns, and this will never change.
Just remember all this gang related shootings are not from ordinary people that own legal firearms.
The average gun owner is a law abiding citizen , works hard and pays his taxes.
for some thug to try and take whats not his may just end up pushing up daisies and rightly so.
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Old 23rd May 2008, 21:49
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Pay for a car and get a perfectly legal commodity thrown in. If that marketing and P&L approach works in a jurisdiction where the commodity in question is legal - and, crucially, the legality of the commodity is subject to a democratic system of legislatio0n - then, where's the problem????
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