You pretty much know what you’re in for when you absorb the author’s laughable claim that “the gun industry is effectively unregulated” in the United States. She’s lucky we don’t send her a bill for cleaning the coffee off of our computer after reading that. She really should warn us next time.
A crucial component of any comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence in the United States is a focus on implementing robust regulation and oversight of the gun industry. Efforts to reduce gun violence that focus solely on the demand side of the problem ignore the role of the gun industry in manufacturing and distributing the guns that are the instruments of this violence.
Focusing solely on the individuals who use guns to commit acts of violence is not only ineffective, it’s also an approach that has contributed to overcriminalization and targeting of communities of color as part of a “tough on crime” approach to criminal justice. To truly address all aspects of the gun violence epidemic in this country, policymakers must focus on the role the gun industry plays in enabling and exacerbating this violence.
– Chelsea Parsons in Gun Industry Must Be Held Accountable for Gun Violence