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Nobody likes controlling people. Yet these days, they seem to exist everywhere, but particularly so in blue states like California and Illinois.
Matt Thomas, the marketing director for a Wyoming roofing company, would know. The company, Wiggins Construction, has been the recipient of hate from controlling leftists because of its latest promotion.
Unveiled on April 12th, the promotion, a brainchild of Thomas himself, is quite simple really: Sign up for a new roof installation with Wiggins, and receive a free AR-15.
The goal, Thomas said to Cowboy State Daily, is to offer something enticing to new Wyoming residents who’re fleeing the oppressive climate of blue states like California and Illinois.
“People are moving into Wyoming to get out of the cities and to get away from the regulation and to get away from living in fear,” he said.
“We’re just offering it as almost like, for the people that are recently moving to Wyoming as a ‘Welcome to Wyoming’ gift, and for the people that are here, locals, just a ‘thank you’ for doing business,” he added.
According to Thomas, the locals are loving it. The problem is that nosy, controlling outsiders who likely have no intention of moving to Wyoming are outraged.
“We’ve gotten quite a bit of flack from it. I don’t know how this story’s gotten to New Hampshire and to Chicago, Illinois, and to central California. But we are getting phone calls, voicemails from people saying all sorts of negative stuff about us, you know, stuff like ‘baby killers’, and we’re distributing weapons of mass destruction to the public,” he said.
“But here’s the thing. None of these people are locals that are really saying this. The response from the actual public and the locals has been phenomenal — we’ve got probably three voicemails this morning from people like ‘Hey, we don’t need a roof, but we saw your ad in the Powell Tribune and we just want to say that it’s awesome, and we really support what you guys are doing,'” he added.
The Powell Tribune is another local paper. It’s faced backlash letters from readers for allowing Wiggins to post ads for its products, not that the company minds. As a supporter of both the First and Second Amendments, the company was kind enough to repost one of the letters to its Facebook page:
At Wiggins Construction LLC we not only support the second amendment, but the first amendment as well. Here is a free speech letter to the editor in our local paper. Thank you for your concern Martin Garhart.
In a separate statement to USA Today, Thomas said he plans to respond to each vitriolic complaint personally and tactfully.
“Part of that Constitution as well is freedom of speech, and I 100% encourage anybody, whether they’re pro or against the promotion to, and I will hear out every argument. I don’t mind you calling us baby killers and saying all sorts of negative stuff about our company because it’s your constitutional right to do so,” he said.
Despite the hate, the promotion has been a wild success, with the company having reportedly already booked 15 roofing jobs in the span of just about a week. Thomas is expecting dozens of more sign-ups as the months progress.
“So as long as our government doesn’t do anything to restrict us from buying more guns to give away, we’re anticipating maybe 150 to 200 rifle giveaways by the end of the year,” he told Cowboy State Daily.
That being said, he has a warning for any would-be troublemakers out there: Wiggins plays by the books.
“Even though Wyoming is the only state in the United States that does not have any gun transfer laws, we just want to make sure that everything we did was above par,” he explained.
“So our lawyer has drafted up a form stating that (the customer is) over 21 years of age, that they are not a convicted felon, and they agree to abide by all state and federal firearms laws. And then they’ll be signing that form, and we’ll be taking the serial number of the rifle and putting it down on the transfer of ownership form.”
Another happy customer and another Rifle has found a new forever home.
Dovetailing back to the hate, some of it can be seen on the company’s Facebook page.
“I wonder how you’ll feel when someone uses one of those guns to kill children at your local school or shoot up a movie theater or a grocery store in your town? I guess that’s what it will take to make you realize how inane it is to promote these types of guns,” one uninformed critic complained.
“Freedom is not equal to downright stupidity. Those who want to feel safe from these atrocious kinds of guns have rights too,” the critic added.
What the critic doesn’t realize is that those who “who want to feel safe from these atrocious kinds of guns have rights” specifically because of the people who do carry such guns.
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