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Gun Control Groups Pressure Living Social to Nix Events Combining Guns, Booze

| by Dabney Bailey
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Gun control groups are pushing LivingSocial to dump events that mix alcohol and firearms. CREDO Action, The Gun Truth Project, and MomsRising have teamed up to convince the coupon-dealing company that guns and alcohol are a deadly combination.

"In the wake of Newtown, I'd like to know how the people who own or work for LivingSocial can justify profiting from the packaging of AK-47 shooting sprees with an evening of bourbon shots," said Becky Bond, CREDO’s political director. She added that LivingSocial is “endangering the public health by suggesting pairing assault weapons with alcohol binges is just good clean fun."

CREDO and The Gun Truth Project released a 28-page document called “dyingsocial” that highlighted problematic events. One of the offending deals was Philadelphia’s "Shootin' + Drinkin': AK-47s, Rifles, and Beer.” Another deal in Atlanta offered shoppers an opportunity to fire an AR-15 "followed by drinks.”

LivingSocial is sticking to its guns. Chief spokesman Andrew Weinstein argued that the company pays close attention to proper gun safety rules and requires participants to sign a document stating that they won’t touch a beverage before the shooting begins. He added, "Our staff has also [been] instructed to turn away any participant who appears to have consumed alcohol or drugs prior to the event.”

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He compared the deals to similar promotions that pair alcohol with dangerous sporting events like whitewater rafting. Mixing alcohol and whitewater rapids is also a deadly combination, so LivingSocial takes steps to ensure that drinking occurs after all the dangerous stuff.

The complaint against LivingSocial is kind of a mixed bag. On the one hand, even gun rights advocates can get behind the idea that you shouldn’t mix alcohol with guns. On the other, LivingSocial claims that they take precautions to ensure that nobody is inebriated or under the influence of illegal substances when they touch a firearm.

What’s your opinion? Is LivingSocial playing with fire, or are these gun control groups overreacting to a perfectly reasonable way to enjoy guns and alcohol responsibly?

Source: The Hill