Selling Cars in Missouri with God, Guns, and Gas

maxmotorsMax Motors, a car dealership in Butler, Missouri, has been making headlines with a controversial new promotion: buy a car, get a free gun or gas. It seems their usual sales pitch of “guaranteed lowest price in the nation” was no longer enough to get people in the barn door. So they looked at the bigger issues and tried to get proactive. Max Motors’ website patriotically claims: “We are aware of the gasoline and crime problem in America. Max Motors, the Country Dealer wants to be part of the solution and not part of the problem.” This has landed them on Fox News, ABC, MSNBC, BBCNews, NBC, Reuters, and surely more to come. The dealership has even set up another website, http://www.GunsAndGas.com, to capture support, defend the right to carry guns, and very interestingly, pontificate about America’s “real roots”, the Christian Bible.

According to BBC News, the dealership (with “no big city tricks”) has sold more than 30 cars and trucks in the past three days, apparently because of the “God, Guns, and Gas” pitch. Only two of the 30 buyers have chosen the free gas (in the form of a $250 gas card) over the free handgun.

Owner Mark Muller credits Barack Obama for the promotion: “We did it because of Barack Obama. He said all those people in the Midwest, you’ve got to have compassion for them because they’re clinging to their guns and their Bibles. I found that quite offensive. We all go to church on Sunday and we all carry guns.”

I love country air, oh yes I do. But sentiments like this sure stink it up bad. How does one qualify “love thy neighbor” and “thou shalt not kill” with the right to defend property? Just another one of those big mysteries in life that seem to get more incomprehensible the farther away one gets from the city.

Note: For your protection, this post contains no links to the dealership. The image above is a screenshot from Max Motors’ website, which you can search for yourself, although I suggest not giving them the pageview.
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7 Responses to Selling Cars in Missouri with God, Guns, and Gas

  1. Bandage says:

    I saw this on the BBC also and posted my own write up. It might be worth checking out, just to get an alternative perspective. 😉

    http://band1967.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!18221ED62041AF8B!207.entry

  2. I say give them a chance, you might be misjudging the situation. God Bless.

  3. blixity says:

    thank you friendly visitor. you’re right, i don’t carry guns, nor do i use the bible to justify doing harm (or potentially doing harm as a deterrent). and there are many many people who do and i don’t know them personally, so who’s to judge. BUT, arming more people in order to sell more cars is just not a solution to the gas and crime problem. they are saying: “we want to stop crime, so let’s hand out guns. we want to bring down gas prices, so let’s sell more cars.” until someone can explain the logic here, i stand by my opposition to this. we do have problems. there are workable, ethical solutions, and then there are self-serving gimmicks.

  4. Bandage says:

    Hey, just FYI, I set up a link back to this entry on my own blog. Hope you don’t mind.

  5. blixity says:

    bandage: yes, saw it, no problem. thanks for sharing your perspective. come back often!

  6. terrazzo says:

    “We did it because of Barack Obama. He said all those people in the Midwest, you’ve got to have compassion for them because they’re clinging to their guns and their Bibles. I found that quite offensive. We all go to church on Sunday and we all carry guns.”

    ??? He finds it offensive that they are percieved as gun-toting bible-bashers, when in fact they all they do is just carry guns, and go to church? Erm..

  7. blixity says:

    mysteries, terrazzo, mysteries…

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