Dear Mossberg; I hate you.Submitted by skrapmetal at 2012-12-17 12:12:11 EST
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This is not a pro- or anti-gun rights post. Shut it.
I went to the gun show in Crystal River, FL on Saturday. Gun shows are fun not only for the guns and knives and supplies and accessories and related gear, but for the interesting people you meet. I met a friend there and we paid our $6 admission, and went in. There were about 300 people walking about and probably 60 vendors with tables full of fun things to look at and buy. It was not a large show, I mean the Tampa shows are 10 times the size, and with the recent election results the prices were astronomical, but there was fun to be had nonetheless. I did buy a 25rd mag for one of my .22s, but that's beside the point. The point is this: Zombies are not real.
Besides the usual ammo producers and gun shops being represented, there were a lot of private sale guys (legal in FL), books on gunsmithing and history, and a few tables with gun-related jewelry (earrings made from cartridge shells, that kind of thing). And, to my surprise and dismay, there were a number of vendors selling zombie-related gear like "Zombie Apocalypse Response Team" t-shirts, stickers, car banners, and weapons. You read that right - weapons. Now some of these weapons take the form of the same machete you'd buy for $10 at Lowes to clear some small limbs from trees, with the addition of a bright green plastic handle, the word "zombie" on the packaging somewhere, and a $25 price tag. But then there's Mossberg.
This http://www.mossberg.com/product/shotguns-pump-action-500-special-purpose-chainsaw/50461 (pic below) is an actual 12 gauge shotgun that the Mossberg Company really produces for real sale to actual real people. More than one vendor had them on display and for sale. It's a black matte-finish pump-action 12 gauge shotgun with an 8rd magazine, door breacher, pistol rear grip, top/bottom pump grips, and the letters "ZMB" in green on the side. Price tag of about $540.
Seriously, Mossberg? Really? GUNS ARE NOT TOYS YOU FUCKING MORONS! Who do you think you're going to sell these to? Do you suppose that I, a responsible adult gun owner, is going to spend $540 on a shotgun that would cost 70% of that without the stupid grips and lettering? No, I bet you don't. Do you suppose that someone like me will purchase that foolish thing for their child in order to promote safe and fun gun use? No, obviously not. Or perhaps you expect that some responsible gun owner will buy it, convert it to some actual useful form, and then hunt with it? Clearly you don't, as you sell the pre-converted (read: unmodified) version for less money. So, who do you think will buy this stupid thing? The kid who went to the gun show, saw it, went home, sold his XBox and 75 games at the pawn shop, and came back the next day, that's who. You know, the third least responsible person you can possibly imagine having a gun. WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU, MOSSBERG? What marketing hydroceph talked you into this kind of corporate irresponsibility? Guns are not toys. Guns can be dangerous in the wrong or irresponsible hands. WHY DO YOU MARKET THIS WEAPON TO IDIOTS WHO THINK ZOMBIES ARE A THREAT?
I know zombies are not real. Mossberg the corporation knows zombies are not real. And yes, even the video-game-addled kid buying a shotgun called the Chainsaw ZMB knows zombies are not real, despite having 'killed' 10,000 of them on the PS3 earlier that day. But buying and selling an actual real device capable of killing zombies and laughing about the killing of said zombies as the paperwork is being filled out WITH BOTH PARTIES OF FULL KNOWLEDGE THAT ZOMBIES ARE NOT REAL displays a breathtaking departure from the seriousness that selling, buying, and owning such a device should instill.
I'm not saying that the vendor or the buyer is the problem here. It's the manufacturer of this stupid thing. People are not zombies. Life is not a video game. The immersive qualities of video games make it more difficult for the irresponsible person to switch from video game behavior to reality behavior. Mossberg: please stop trying to make the situation worse. Guns are not toys, you fucking morons.