A little gun shop in Fremont, Neb. is sending a big, public message to Staples: “See ya.”
Staples rejected the contest entry of Maple Creek Gunsmithing because they sell guns, and Staples does “not allow businesses that deal in firearms from entering the contest,” Todd Starnes of Fox News Radio reported.
Maple Creek Gunsmithing owners Travis Vonseggern and Bill Jackson entered the Staples PUSH It Forward Contest for a chance to win a $50,000 marketing campaign for their small business. The contest’s Facebook page announces, “We’re big fans of our small business customers because they’re vital to our communities.”
The men posted the rejection email they received from Staples on the shop’s Facebook page Wednesday to let their customers know about Staples’ anti-gun policy and to show “[t]hey’ve got a little lefty in them,” Vonseggern said.
We’re sorry, but your small business entry into the Staples PUSH It Forward Contest has been rejected* for the following reason(s):
Entry contains content that promotes alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing); promotes any activities that may appear unsafe or dangerous; promotes any particular political agenda or message; is obscene or offensive; or endorses any form of hate or hate group.
They also posted the following, which earned them overwhelming support from Facebook commenters:
Today we found out that we were disqualified for a drawing at Staples to win a marketing campaign worth 50,000 due to the fact that we have anything to do with guns. They went as far to say that they lump us in with illegal drug use. Wow we spent a ton of money with them and this is the support we get. We are never spending a dime in that store again and would encourage you to do the same.
“Jackson and Vonseggern are Army veterans and Vonseggern was awarded a Purple Heart, Starnes reported.
“Everything in our store is patriotic,” Vonseggern told Fox. “For us to be classified as a drug dealer or obscene and offensive is hurtful to our feelings.”
Needless to say, Maple Creek Gunsmithing will be shopping elsewhere for office supplies. Somewhere, perhaps, that supports America, freedom, patriotism and the Second Amendment.
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