Friday, December 4, 2009

And a Happy 2nd Amendment Holiday to You!

I'm not much of a gun person.  I don't hunt.  I have no interest in owning a gun for self-defense.  I support a group that works to reduce gun violence in our communities.  So the fact that I can't buy and sell an assault weapon or, for that matter, any firearm through PayPal doesn't piss me off.  Apparently it does piss off some, though,  and as you know, a pissed-off American can be an entrepreneur's dream. 

GunPal, founded in 2004, touts itself as the "next generation" on-line payment system and a serious competitor to PayPal.

Through GunPal, you can send money to anybody with an email address and conduct any legal transaction, no questions asked.  You could use it to send money to Grandma or buy a vintage Tickle-Me-Elmo, no questions asked.  Or a gun, no questions asked.

Perhaps recognizing that PayPal had pretty much cornered the money to Grandma and vintage Elmo markets, GunPal recently issued a press release touting itself as the "payment platform of choice" for the firearms industry.

Now, GunPal has a charitable bent - use the service and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the non-profit organization of your choice.  So you can send money to Grandma, buy a vintage Elmo (Rambo edition) and purchase any "legal" firearm-related product and donate to your favorite three-initialed, firearms-supporting charity (no questions asked) all at the same time.

Even if guns aren't your thing but you feel like making some sort of political statement this holiday shopping - if PayPal just seems too soft and squishy and liberal for you - you have an alternative.  Happy hunting holidays!