My 2 cents on the "right or wrong" issue with this woot offering:
Personally speaking, I think it's wrong. Wounds are still deep as a result of the Newtown CT incident, and ANY offering of guns - toy or otherwise - is considered bad taste in my opinion.
Sure, this is a pellet gun, and the liklihood of someone going on a rampage with it and murdering innocents is remote, to say the least. On the other hand, this resembles a real assault rifle, and impressionable kids (and even some adults) will get a 'feel' for firearms.... They may not be well suited for ownership of firearms, and we all know that it's relatively simple to get them, legally or otherwise. The possibility of someone going off the edge is too great a risk.
Also, let us consider the person who takes this gun at dusk for example, to his friends home, and is spotted by an over-zealous neighbor, or peace officer. It can certainly be confused for 'the real thing', and another innocent life could be needlessly lost.
I'm sure I'll be called out on this, but we don't need guns in our society for any other purpose than the military, or for hunting.
Go ahead and throw the Second Amendment in my face, and I'll counter that the amendment calls for the right to bear arms to form a REGULATED MILITIA. We needed that to protect a country that was in its infancy. Today, we have that already, the Army, Marines, Air Force, etc. It also specifies the TYPE of firearm we can possess: I believe it mentions something about a single shot muzzle loaded rifle?
I'm all for people having rights. That's what set's this country apart from almost every other country in the world. However, there comes a point when the rights we are granted border on the absurd. Just as times have changed, just as technology has changed, we need to re-examine the rights afforded to us by the founding fathers more than 200 years ago when times were MUCH different, and make some changes that put those rights in line with the current year.
Now, if you'll all excuse me, I need to put my soapbox away.
Just really damn lucky: Random Crap: 2/15/08, 2/19/09, 12/25/09, 4/1/10, 12/1/10, 12/25/10, 4/1/11, 5/11/11, 9/14/11, 10/12/11, 12/25/11