West Virginia’s gun giveaway misses the point of COVID-19 vaccines
Is it me or are these coronavirus vaccine giveaways trying to kill us?
If “missing the point” was a location, it’d be West Virginia. According to CBS News, the same state that has 162,636 total coronavirus cases and 2,822 deaths is giving away rifles and shotguns to people who get the COVID-19 vaccine. Imagine congratulating someone for saving their own life (thanks, science) by giving them something to take away another life. It’s about as logical as sending out divorce invitations at someone’s wedding or buying a round of beer at an AA meeting. (I kid you not, but Budweiser is giving away $5 debit cards to vaccinated people for free beer.)
Yet another strange giveaway is South Carolina giving away trips to Bermuda — as if ships, planes and people didn’t disappear in that triangular section connecting Miami, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Bermuda.
But not all the states are trying to wipe out the people they claim they’re “saving.” Kroger Health is holding a weekly drawing to give away $1 million to five shoppers who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine, reports ABC Chicago. California is giving away $50K in lottery tickets. Krispy Kreme is giving away free doughnuts — OK, that’s kinda walking the lines of killing us, too, or at least adding to that social isolation weight we put on.
Recommended Read: “In WTF Capitol Riot news ~ Thank goodness he saved us from the muffin thief”
There are also retail chain giveaways nationwide for prizes like a seven-day Norwegian Cruise (are we supposed to ignore what happened on Diamond Princess?), a VIP trip to the Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, 250 coupon booklets — and my favorite, $100 gift cards for online dating platform Hinge, so you still don’t know how cheap your date is.
I’m South Side Chicago born and raised, so I don’t want any parts of free Chicago Cubs tickets. But I can’t say that all of these giveaways aren’t worth their weight. Some are pretty good. I could do without a “lifetime hunting and fishing license” and a custom-outfitted truck (my gawd, this sounds like a country song just waiting for studio time). But if I’ve got to think about risking my life after getting both vaccines (Team Moderna!), sign me up for the free Six Flags Great America tickets. Sit me in the front row so I can scream my head off, worry about surviving the roller coaster ride and breathe all this vaccinated air!
Would you like to receive Shamontiel’s Weekly Newsletter via MailChimp? Sign up today!