D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson sent a letter to LivingSocial CEO Tim O’Shaughnessy earlier this month to ask the D.C.-based company to stop its “drink and shoot” promotions.
“Marketing gun use with alcohol consumption is corrosive to the notion of responsible gun use and ownership," Mendelson wrote. "While there are benefits to educating those who would own guns to the safe and proper use of firearms, pairing an educational program with drinking dilutes if not dissolves the potential benefits.”
It is worth noting that these drink and shoot events do not actually allow shooters to drink alcohol before pulling the trigger. First shooters will learn tips about firearm safety, and then they will socialize in an area where alcohol is available. The organizers took steps to prevent drunken shooting, but that still is not good enough for Mendelson.
“It is not in the public interest to associate the two,” he said, pointing to the fact that other group deal websites have created policies against mixing alcohol and guns.
Indeed, mixing firearms and alcohol is generally considered a no-no by the pro-gun community. Whether or not the drink and shoot events condone the use of alcohol and shooting, however, is still up for debate.
LivingSocial has been very clear about its policy, even though the title of the events might be somewhat misleading. The company has stated that inebriated participants will be turned away, and each participant must sign a document certifying their sobriety.
Ultimately, it is up to the minds behind LivingSocial to make the final call. The company is not violating any laws by offering the deals, so the worst that could come out of Mendelson’s letter is negative publicity.
Do you think that LivingSocial should fold under social pressure to ditch shooting and drinking events? Or do you think that Mendelson is in a huff over a bit of harmless fun?
Source: CBS Local