Leftists are raging mad that a clever North Carolina orthodontist is offering a free gun to those of his customers who seek out his Invisalign treatment.
Situated in Wake Forest, Jason Gladwell of Gladwell Orthodontics is, as part of a promotion, specifically offering customers who buy his Invisalign teeth-realignment services either a membership at the Youngsville Gun Club & range or a free Glock 19, according to local news station WRAL.
The promotion has already caused quite a stir, with leftist gun-grabbers raging on X over Gladwell’s clever business decision.
Case in point:
I wish this was a joke. A fucking orthodontist in Wake Forest North Carolina offering a gun for an invisalighn treatment. Someone needs to let Caldwell Orthodontics know that this is an irresponsible and bad idea. pic.twitter.com/4XvVAo0zZb
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) November 9, 2023
There are no words to describe how heinous this is.
— Barbara Faermark (@FaermarkBarbara) November 9, 2023
This. Is. Not Normal. I cannot imagine living abroad and ever coming to the US as a tourist.
— Ex Mrs. Lott #2 (@RSLott70) November 9, 2023
Will his office be held accountable for any wrong doing should these guns be used in a crime? This is ridiculous!
— Stacey (@yecats45) November 9, 2023
— anthony greene (@PeteCarrollHat) November 9, 2023
@Invisalign You really condone this type of practice using your branding? I mean, I can imagine plenty of jaws have been injured in shootings requiring specialized surgery and dental reconstruction BUT — is this what you want your product to be associated with?
— Carol Aubrey (@Ms_Cay_Ay) November 10, 2023
Notice how these critics have it in their heads that a gun can only be used to commit crime, versus used to hunt animals or defend oneself from an actual criminal.
The good news is that, according to a deep-dive investigation by WRAL, handing out a free gun as a promotion is legal, so long as Gladwell follows U.S. gun laws.
“The concern here is that we’re not having firearms transferred to folks who do not qualify to possess them. This could be folks with criminal histories, mental health issues, drug and alcohol abuse issues, restraining orders against them – or in the case of case of a handgun – under the age of 21,” local attorney Ron Shook told WRAL.
“Guns are like other property; You can buy and sell and dispose of them. But the distinction is guns are potentially inherently dangerous. So, there is regulation surrounding the transfer of firearms,” he added.
He also admitted to having encountered similar promotions elsewhere over the years. A spokesperson for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) said something similar.
“Usually these transactions are coordinated through a licensed firearms dealer to ensure a background check is conducted and the recipient can legally possess a firearm. In other cases, a gift card to the partnering business is handed out so that the recipient can work directly with the licensed dealer on the purchase,” they explained.
According to Youngsville Gun Club & Range owner Kurt Lieberman, Gladwell’s eligible customers will need to visit the club and pass a background check, among other requirements, to get the gun.
“It’s a process. They have to come; they have to have a valid driver’s license. They have to be a legal citizen; they have to be 21 and older. We do a background check here on site. That has to come back approved. They have to fill out all the paperwork,” Lieberman explained to WRAL.
Plus, according to Gladwell, the promotion is only intended for customers already on the gun club’s email list.
“Not everyone that comes into our office is going to be eligible; it’s not marketed to everyone. It is solely designed and marketed for the Youngsville Gun Club and Range. The promotion is nontransferable. The person who actually gets started with the Invisalign treatment has to actually be the eligible person,” he said.
Still, even with all these rules in place, haters like NC Council of Churches executive director Jennifer Copeland gonna hate.
“They’re giving away guns that are going to be lodged in a house somewhere, and will potentially create gun violence and gun death. It’s mind blowing to me, that an organization that I think of as trying to provide health care to the people in the community is partnering their healthcare with gun death,” Copeland said to WRAL.
“I’m pleased that they’re going to follow the minimalist gun laws that we have in North Carolina. Let’s be clear, they’re very minimal in North Carolina, but at least they are going to follow those. The fact remains that after we go through these checks, they’re going to give a gun to somebody who’s going to take it home, and it will be in their home,” she added.
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