We all know about the gun debate right now, the Aurora shooting, the Newtown shooting and now Obama issuing multiple orders to change gun laws across the United States. Groupon have now stepped out and cancelled all of their scheduled and ongoing gun-related promotions. A Groupon spokesperson talked to Daily Finance, where they said:
All scheduled and current gun-related deals featured on Groupon North America, including shooting ranges, conceal-and-carry and clay shooting, have been placed on hiatus while we review internal standards that shape the deal inventory we feature. The category is under review following recent consumer and merchant feedback.
It looks like Groupon CEO Andrew Mason is behind the move, as an owner of a gun shop based in Texas, Michael Cargill, has said that his Groupon deal - which was for a concealed handgun training course - was cancelled, with his representative telling him Mason was behind the decision. Cargill talked to FOX 7, where he said:
The Groupon representative calls me up and he says that 'Well, because of the CEO, he's decided to suspend all Groupon deals related to handguns, concealed handguns or anything dealing with guns period.