Angry reactions following its disallowing a gun retailer to enter its small business contest has resulted in office supply chain Staples ending the discriminatory practice, Deena Winter of Nebraska Watchdog revealed in a report updated yesterday.
“Maple Creek Gunsmithing, a gun retailer in Fremont, tried to enter a Staples small business ‘Push it Forward’ contest for a shot at winning a $50,000 marketing campaign,” Winter related. “Instead, the owners got an email from Staples saying they couldn’t participate because their business promotes firearms and weapons.”
The policy reversal was announced on the gun retailer’s Facebook page, which notified supporters “We spoke with a representative of Staples who wanted to let us know that they had made a mistake and they are making it right by allowing the firearms industry to participate in any future contests.”
“We heard you!” the office supply giant confirmed on its Facebook page. “At Staples, we value all of our customers and appreciate your feedback. We now realize the rules of our Push It Forward contest were too restrictive and kept out legitimate businesses. Unfortunately, we can’t change the rules once the contest is underway. But we will revise our rules to make sure future contests are more inclusive and reflect our commitment to helping all small businesses.”
For some gun owners, the tepid surrender may be too little too late if the preponderance of angry comments responding to that post are any indication. But what’s most telling is which side of the debate the corporation decided it was in the interests of its bottom line to heed.
Declining profits over the last three quarters and the decision to close 40 stores this year point to business realities where management can ill afford to alienate millions of customers who are passionate about their rights. Illusory claims by anti-gunners about polls indicating popular support for “gun control” notwithstanding, when it comes time for the people to vote with their pocketbooks, the power of grassroots over “AstroTurf” is evident and clear, despite the posturing of anti-gun billionaires and the puppet groups they finance.
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