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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

A Florida truck dealership is running a special promotion, offering a free AK-47 Gun with the purchase of a used truck…

The general sales manager said the promotion will run until the end of the month, November.truck and gun Anyone who purchases a truck will receive a $400 voucher to a local gun store. Customers will have to go through the application process and qualify under state and federal laws. Any buyers who don’t want a gun will be given cash.

Of course the promotion is controversial, but the dealership believes it will bring in business — plus it’s already working. At the close of business Thursday, the business had 47 appointments scheduled for Friday…15 times normal.

It’s a perfect Veterans Day promotion. “We started on Veterans Day, saying, ‘Hey, so many have given so much for this right,'” sales management said.

“An AK-47 is a very dangerous weapon,” one veteran said. He’d rather they give customers a free flag with a pole to put up in their yard. “That would be a lot more supportive for our country and our veterans,” the gentleman said.

 The dealer said they are thinking about extending the promotion to the end of the year.

In another developmental trend, A growing number of Mexicans — including many from the middle class — are driving congested mexican streets in Bulletproof cars… equipped with pepper spray and 120 decibel alarms and see bulletproofing their vehicles as a necessity and not a luxury. Many Mexican  drivers see themselves as a target of kidnappers and thieves in a country that has an “alarming” rate of carjackings and ransom abductions. In Mexico these days, “everyone’s a target,” says the owner of  a vehicle armor company. The typical customer these days, says the owner, “is a regular guy that works, maybe he has a small business and he’s been approached by criminals to steal his car.” “You’ll see  Toyotas, Hondas, small SUVs … pickups, and others coming in for bulletproofing.”

Extortion is now commonplace in some regions of Mexico. Kidnapping has soared by more than 300% over the past five years and since December 2006, more than 28,000 Mexicans have died in killings blamed on drug-cartel violence.

 The violence has sparked a jump in bulletproofing, marking an annual growth rate of 10% in recent years with a market valued at 80 million per year and growing. Is This A Trend Heading To The United States Soon?