Yeah... America the brave, America the fearless, America the nation wherein guns somehow signify patriotism... At least that's what a Ford dealership in South Carolina seems to believe. The car dealership has made headlines for a new promotional deal that they are currently having. They're calling it the "'God, Guns, and America’ incentive," and are saying that it is a "patriotic package." It's interesting that we all seem to have a different idea of what represents patriotism, isn't it?
Continue scrolling to read about what this dealership is going on about.
The Ford car dealership has thought up an inventive way to draw in customers.
via: FacebookWe all know that guns are popular in the south, and this has never been clearer than in the news that a car dealership in South Carolina has decided that a great way to drum up customers would be by offering guns, bibles, and U.S. flags with every purchase.
"Would you like an AR-15-style rifle with that purchase?"
via: Getty Images."Of course, you would! I mean this is the U.S of A, isn't it?"
via: FacebookIn these turbulent political times, the Ford dealership thought that an incentive package that celebrated everything American would go down a storm.
I'm not sure that it's a package suitable for all customers.
via: FacebookI mean, you go to the dealership to buy a family carrier and you walk away with a weapon of mass destruction? Riiight.
Clearly, there's a market for it...
via: FacebookAfter announcing the incentive on their Facebook page, many people took to the page to commend the dealership on their idea.
There were also those that condemned it.
via: FacebookIt seems as though we will forever be a divided nation when it comes to guns. There were certainly a fair few people out there that considered that offering customers a $400 voucher to purchase a Smith & Wesson AR-15-style rifle from the local gun store, Locked N Loaded, was a dangerous thing to do.
We are a nation divided.
via: Getty Images.This is no plainer to see than in stories like this.
Trump's America is not everyone's America.
via: Getty ImagesThe land of the free certainly means something different to everyone.
Sure, feeling patriotic isn't a bad thing.It's good to be proud of where you come from, but something that has become confused under the Trump administration is the notion that America is a melting pot of different cultures, ideas, and perspectives. The idea that guns, Bibles, and American flags are what unites us is a delusional concept.
Tensions in the U.S. are rife.
via: Getty ImagesI mean, is anyone surprised? How can we not feel a little tense with an administration that makes impulsive decisions quicker than they can remove one of Trump's most vile tweets? We've had way too many mass shootings this year (any number of mass shootings is too many) and most of them were racially motivated and, with a president who seems determined to turn neighbors on neighbors and car dealerships giving away guns like we're living in some kind of apocalyptic state, it seems almost inevitable that we'll have more.
@WBTV_News Well, plan on some more mass murders. What a horrific combo. The Living Word with a weapon that kills… https://t.co/Buzp2dzNTV— Tee (@Tee)1570584491.0
Obama believed in a different kind of patriotism.Barack Obama envisaged an America built on love, duty, and charity. For him, patriotism meant an America for everyone. Vox reported on how, late last Friday, Trump signed a proclamation that will come into effect on November 3rd. The proclamation in question will "quietly cut legal immigration by up to 65%." Didn't you hear about it? Well, I guess he didn't think that it was worth a tweet. It will only affect the families of thousands of American citizens, hundreds of thousands even. It is a bid to eradicate "chain migration," making it harder for immigrants to move to America who already have family living here. I mean, isn't that how everyone ended up in America?
Trump wants the kingdom all to himself.
AOC was one of the congresswomen that Trump has targetted.
Trump has a delusional idea of America.
via: Getty Images.He must think that the U.S., at its core, is one giant golf course full of white men. Oh, and Melania, of course... but she doesn't count.
AOC celebrates America's diversity.
I mean, I guess a free Bible causes no harm...
@WBTV_News Take the Bible. Leave the gun and the Ford!— Katherine Karnatz (@Katherine Karnatz)1570577672.0
The deal is clearly aimed at right-wing folk...Do you love guns? Do you love the Bible? Do you want an all-American motor? Then come and see us! I think that this Twitter user was right in suggesting that the stereotype to draw in the right-wingers is pretty crude but, eh, enough of them seem to be lapping it up.
Christmas came early for some...
via: FacebookFor those that perfectly fitted the stereotype of the God-fearing, gun-loving right-wingers, this deal is great! Maybe somewhere there is a car dealership that is giving away bike lights, burritos, and Brockhampton CDs...
It's no surprise that the incentive has put some people off.
@WBTV_News @shaunking Good reason to buy an import.— Katherine (@Katherine)1570589611.0
Other countries don't understand...
@arneduncan As an Australian I’ve never understood the link between guns, Jesus and patriotism in the US.— sladl (@sladl)1570584081.0