EVEN AS A STUDENT MOVEMENT RISES, GUN MANUFACTURERS ARE TARGETING YOUNG PEOPLE the caps lock headline at theintercept.com proclaims. And winning them! Which isn’t a surprise to young master Lee Fang, as the jobbing journo charts the shooting sports’ appeal to a younger demographic . . .
The chief executive of the gun manufacturer Sturm Ruger, Christopher Killoy, told investors in May that, although sales were down, the industry is better positioned in relation to previous downturns because of the influx of “new shooters, fresher faces, younger faces, more diverse faces.”
At the Bank of America Leveraged Finance Conference in November, the CFO of one of the largest companies involved in gun accessories and ammunition was explicit about the video-game appeal to young gun enthusiasts.
“It has become a recreational shooting market, partly driven by the Xbox generation coming of age,” said Stephen Nolan, of Vista Outdoor. “And two trends which bode very well to the market long term: significant influx of younger shooters and significant influx of female shooters into the market.” Younger shooters, he explained, look to buy paper targets of zombies or vampires, and are more interested in buying high volumes of ammunition.
America’s gun violence crisis must end. Here’s how – Backing off from that whole “ending gun violence” thing, The Kansas City Star’s Editorial Board reckons some gun control is better than none . . .
The claim that any one approach “won’t work” and therefore should not be tried, is a dangerous nonstarter.
No law works in every instance. Laws deter behavior and punish aberrance, but they cannot stop every anti-social act. That doesn’t mean we give up on laws.
Airport security rules failed on Sept. 11, 2001. No one proposed ending those rules because they “didn’t work.” Instead, Americans studied the failure, learned from it and improved the rules where necessary.
A similar approach can work with gun violence.
Truthiness is breaking out all over. Thank God. In this case, literally.
5 things Congress could do on guns – Includes two things Congress could do on guns — mag cap restrictions and an “assault weapon” ban. But only if Americans abandon their right to bear arms and, by extension, the things that help make those arms useful. Someone should tell Senator Rubio . .
At CNN’s gun town hall on Wednesday night, Rubio said while he had not in the past supported looking at magazine clip size, he was now “reconsidering that position.”
“I’ll tell you why,” Rubio said on the issue at the town hall. “Because while it may not prevent an attack, it may save lives in an attack.”
Immediately after, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey tweeted at Rubio, sharing the bill he introduced after the Las Vegas shooting that, if implemented, would ban the importation, sale, manufacture, transfer or possession of gun magazines that hold more than ten rounds of ammunition.
Menendez wrote, “Thank you for reconsidering your position on large capacity magazines at the CNN Town Hall – I’ve got a bill waiting for you to co-sponsor.”
Jonathan Martin, a former Miami Dolphins player, posted a picture of a shotgun and ammunition Thursday and wrote, “When you’re a bully victim & a coward, your options are suicide, or revenge.”
In his Instagram post, he tagged former teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, as well as the Miami Dolphins and Harvard-Westlake, a private school in Los Angeles that Martin attended . . .
Harvard-Westlake closed Friday after it became aware of a “disturbing and possibly threatening social media post attributed to a former student,” Shauna Altieri, assistant director of communications for the school, said in a statement.
“The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is always our top priority, so we made the decision to close both campuses of our school today,” Altieri added.
Fredric D. Rosa [Not Shown]: Boulder should be specific in gun control measure – Here be Fudds . . .
From a television report, I understand that the Boulder City Council is considering a ban on all “semi-automatic rifles.” I believe that the City Council should first understand what is a “semi-automatic rifle.” Possibly 20-25 percent of all elk and deer hunting rifles are “semi-automatic.” The council and readers can research that term.
While there is no accounting, the majority of shotguns are “semi-automatic” and used to hunt waterfowl and small game. I am sure Boulder hunters have both semi-automatic rifles and shotguns at home, and are no threat to society.
What the council should consider banning is “assault-style semi-automatic rifles,” which are the ones that look and act like military weapons. There is no reason, in my opinion, for any citizen to own an assault rifle. They would be very impractical for hunting. All hunters should be free to own their choice of hunting rifle or pistol, whether bolt-action, double barrel, single shot or semi-automatic.
Chinese paper says U.S. should learn from China, restrict guns, protect rights – No question: the U.S. should learn from China. Specifically, we should take to heart Mao’s famous pronouncement “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” . . .
“Washington has been pointing an accusing finger at other countries over human rights … However, more Americans have been killed by gunfire in the country than American soldiers being killed in all U.S. wars,” the Global Times said.
“Gun ownership in China is strictly regulated, which helps reduce gun-related crimes and deaths. The U.S. should learn from China and genuinely protect human rights,” it said . . .
“The U.S. has no other choice but to adopt gun control. The right of life is the most fundamental (of) human rights. The right to bear arms cannot overpower the individual’s right to live,” the Global Times editorial said.
After the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, many companies announced they would no longer be offering discounts to NRA members.
If you don’t know, FedEx offers NRA members discounts on both domestic and international shipping. As of Saturday (February 24), they have yet to announce any change to this policy despite social media backlash.