Groupon kills all gun-related deals, but not Denver Post

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In the wake of mass killings at the Aurora Century 16 and Connecticut's Sandy Hook school, Groupon has reportedly decided to drop all discounts and deals related to guns.

Not so the Denver Post, whose Denver Daily Deals promotion currently features an offer related to a handgun-safety class.

This observation comes to us via media observer Jim Romenesko's blog thanks to a reader, who writes, "Groupon has canceled all of its gun-related deals because of the Newtown shootings, but The Denver Post, which just published a six-month anniversary package on the Aurora theater massacre, has not followed suit."

Here's a look at the Post's latest appeal....

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...and here's the pitch, which focuses on Valentine's Day -- hence the hearts near the bullets in the image above:
Firearm training for your loved one says, "You are the most important part of my life and I want you to always make it back home to me safe and sound every night for the rest of our lives." Yes, the security of knowing that you and your family is safe does symbolize love, and can be a perfect gift this Valentine's Day. Take advantage of the perfect timing of today's offer from Straightforward Shooting: Four Hour Concealed Handgun Class & 1 hour of Range time for only $99 -- 50 percent off the $200 value!

This four-hour course covers basic handgun safety, ammunition, gun handling skills, how to purchase a handgun and an overview of the relevant Colorado laws regarding carrying a concealed handgun. In addition, you'll receive one hour of semi-private instruction with one of Straightforward Shooting's experienced pistol instructors. You'll also receive the Straightforward Shooting™ Guide to the Colorado Concealed Handgun. Don't confuse this with the concealed-carry courses available elsewhere. You will walk out of this course knowing how to handle and shoot a pistol safely and effectively with Straightforward Shooting's hands-on, step-by-step approach.

Straightforward Shooting has qualified almost 1,200 Coloradans to apply for their carry permits. (Range time and light refreshments included; Handguns available for rental; Ammunition not included.) Take advantage of today's deal from Straightforward Shooting and rest easy in knowing your loved one is protected this Valentine's Day.

This particular deal has notable appeal: The graphic shows that 29 folks have signed up at this writing.

Safety first.

More from our News archive: "Columbine to Newtown: A tragic list of school shootings since 1999."


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4 comments
templesboy
templesboy

@kdubz: You're expecting too much of Mikey. He does not really report on media news. In fact, he's really not even a reporter. But he's still holding out hope John Temple will give him a job at the Rocky.

Kdubz
Kdubz

What is Voice Daily Deals policy on firearms-related promotions?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Guess I won't be doing business with the Groupon people. They can watch their market shrink. I only used it once anyway.

Kdubz
Kdubz

Cuz here's one from the end of last month: http://www.voicedailydeals.com/deals/65-for-a-concealed-handgun-license-class-at-san-jac-chl/

Here are a couple from this month: http://www.voicedailydeals.com/deals/69-permit-to-carry-course-rangetime/ http://www.voicedailydeals.com/deals/59-for-a-4-hour-concealed-weapons-course-reg-125/

So why on earth is Westword making a stink about what the Denver Post is doing vs what Groupon is doing, without bothering to mention that its own parent company is doing precisely the same?

Is there some reason why this isn't mentioned here, or even acknowledged that Village Voice is a player in this market being critiqued? 

Look, I know Westword takes the chances it gets to take a shot at the Post, but you are shooting straight into a mirror on this one, and neglecting to give your readers a complete picture.


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