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Radio Shack Store in Montana Gives Away Free Gun With Every Satellite TV Purchase

Phillip Dampier March 30, 2011 Bresnan, Cablevision, Consumer News, Video 2 Comments

A Radio Shack store in Hamilton, Montana has come up with a novel way to pitch satellite dishes to local residents — include a free gun with every purchase.

Actually, it’s not a promotion sanctioned by Radio Shack, and DISH Network has nothing to say about the promotion either.  It was the idea of store owner Steve Strand, who runs S&S Electronics, authorized to do business under the Radio Shack brand.

Strand says new DISH customers get their choice of either a Hi-Point 380c-p pistol or a Baikal MP-18 20 GA shotgun.  If guns are not your thing, Strand will give you a $50 gift card for the local Pizza Hut instead.

Strand’s store serves Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley — regions that are served by Bresnan Cable, now owned by Cablevision.  Stories about Bresnan on Stop the Cap! always elicit plenty of response… about how darn lousy the service is.  So satellite television, especially outside of Bresnan’s service area, is the only real option for many residents.

Giving away a gun with every purchase may raise eyebrows among many, but for most Montanans, it’s no big deal.  And when you call, S&S tells visitors to their promotional website there is never a need to press “1” for English.  “We are American and we speak English,” boasts the site.

CNN interviewed store owner Bill Strand about his unique promotion — a free gun with every satellite TV purchase.  (3 minutes)

Currently there are 2 comments on this Article:

  1. rasqual says:

    Gun shop PBTC: “Well I think in urban areas the perspective is, the only people who have guns are bad people. You never hear about a good citizen armed with a gun who’s stopped a crime; you only hear about the criminal who’s shot someone.”

    Give that man a cookie.

    I’m an expat from the libertarian state SD, stuck for years, now, in the bizarre world of Chicago. It’s true. Urban folk seem conditioned by a couple things, at least.

    First, there’s television programming and hip hop, whose mythology of guns is the sole source of youthful “knowledge” about them. Then when youth adopt these mythologies, adults are alarmed and, insanely opting into the mythologies, blame the guns.

    Second, there’s what the PBTC above cited — how in a city that disarms its law-abiding citizens, the news is always about law-abiding people (often children) getting shot by those who use weapons in violation of the law. The mentality of those who show their acceptance of such a state of affairs (by continuing to elect Daley, for example) eventually is, indeed, conditioned by the news — gun users are bad people! Ergo, gun users everywhere are bad people!

    The provincial ignorance of urban sophisticates is astonishing. Back in the 90s I walked into an urban pet store one time with my kids. They had prairie dogs. Cute things — but doubtful as pets, IMO. The store was charging over $300 for the things.

    Only an urban yokel would pay $300+ for a varmint my fellow South Dakotans sometimes pay others to rid them of.

    Only an urban yokel would be unnerved by this news story from Montana.

    • This urban yokel isn’t unnerved. My assumption is that most people in Montana that own guns use them as a pest-control tool or for sport. The rest are criminals and/or candidates for Darwin Awards. Maybe one day if I move to Montana, I’ll need a gun (there are a lot of dangerous cans and bottles sitting on fences) to enhance my “lifestyle.” In that case, I’ll probably seek proper training, since I don’t have an Uncle Earl.

      Much is made of the guns in the CNN piece. Googling around, they appear to retail for around $100. One is a low-end American gun, the other is a probably-not-so-great Russian import (what, not an ‘merican gun?!). One presumes they don’t actually cost $50, or if they do, they are a loss leader for bullets. More interesting to me was the *other* option– $50 worth of crappy pizza. For that price, you can get three Ultimate Stuffed Crusts and some flavored fizzy sugar-water to wash it down. The cardiac arrest is free.

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