Opinion By Steve Sanetti
Connecticut, USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Gun control groups praising Connecticut’s Supreme Court decision to allow the Soto v. Bushmaster case to move forward are, ironically, using the court decision as an opportunity to perpetuate false narratives, the same misdeeds of which they accuse the firearms industry.
Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence struck out at the firearms industry to push an agenda of half-truths, omissions of fact and obfuscation.
It’s an outright lie to malign the firearms industry with inflammatory rhetoric. To reach real solutions to the most challenging questions, we must deal in facts. In trying to invoke the tragedy of Sandy Hook, Giffords Law Center is painting with a broad brush the actions of a criminal to the entire firearms industry. It must not be overlooked that the criminal who committed the horrific acts at Sandy Hook became a criminal the moment he stole a firearm — well before he committed his unspeakable crimes.
No one — not a single person, nor company, nor the industry at large — has ever advocated that any crimes involving firearms are acceptable, tolerated or condoned. The implication otherwise is detestable at best, and unprincipled and amoral at worst.
The author of this column for the Giffords Law Center (“Truth and the gun lobby’s marketing lies,” April 6) accuses the firearms industry of playing fast and loose with facts in advertising. Here are the facts the author conveniently ignored when impugning an entire industry.
It is the firearms industry doing the yeoman’s work to stop the criminal misuse of guns. No one wants to stop the criminal misuse of guns more than we do. We share the concerns of all Americans and we’re advocating for real solutions to create safer communities.
The firearms industry supports, and actively works to pass laws that prevent the sales of guns to people who can’t legally own them. We’ve changed the laws in 16 states to make background checks work as intended, requiring the input of disqualifying records, and increasing the number of those records to the FBI from 1.7 million in 2013 to more than 5 million today, a 220 percent increase. The firearms industry, just last year, worked with senators and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle and opposing views on gun rights to give states the resources to submit all disqualifying records to the background check system, and to require federal agencies to do the same.
The firearms industry is committed to the safe storage of firearms when not in use. Gun companies have included more than 70 million gun locks in each gun sold since 1998. In addition, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, through our Project ChildSafe program, has partnered with 15,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states and five U.S. territories to distribute 38 million gun safety kits, which include gun locks, free of charge. The program was recognized as one of three finalists for the National Safety Council’s 2018 “Green Cross for Safety” Awards.
The firearms industry partners with the ATF to prevent straw purchases of firearms, or cases when someone attempts to purchase a gun for someone who legally can’t buy one for themselves. For nearly 20 years, the firearms industry has been working with U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, to educate retailers on the warning signs of such a crime and warning the public that buying a gun for someone who can’t risks 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine. The industry also partners with the ATF to improve security and help prevent burglaries and robberies at licensed gun dealers, and matches ATF reward offers that double the money for the arrest and conviction of those who would steal guns.
We do this because we know criminals who steal guns only do so to bring more crime to our communities. We are taking action to stop it.
The firearms industry also partnered with the largest suicide prevention organization in America to build and provide a suicide prevention toolkit to help firearms retailers, shooting range operators and customers understand the risk factors and warning signs associated with suicide and encourage those at risk to seek help and choose secure firearms storage options.
It’s through these actions that violent crimes committed with firearms have sharply fallen in the past quarter-century. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting statistics, homicides with firearms decreased 24 percent between 1991 and 2017. Department of Justice data show other crimes with firearms decreased 70 percent between 1993 and 2017. These precipitous drops occurred even as gun sales quintupled during the same time period.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, as the firearms industry’s trade association, remains committed to these efforts because we know they work. Malicious accusations to score cheap rhetorical points serve no one’s interest. Rolling up our sleeves and working together toward real solutions is what matters.
Steve Sanetti is the chief executive officer for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade association, headquartered in Newtown.
You can be sure if someone stole a Chevrolet, got drunk and ran over a bunch of kids in a playground they would sue GM and expect to win. Sandy hook is no different, if it even happened, a crazy killed his mom, stole her guns and went to school to commit jihad. The gun was not at fault and the chevrolet was not at fault. The crazies operating them were at fault. A stupid lawsuit based on feelings rather than law is what is in process. The cost of doing business is going to rise for Bushmaster and a… Read more »
There is one serious ommission in the article itself. It states that the first crime of the day was his theft of the Bushmaster he supppsedly used at the school. This is NOT correct. If one were to ask media and the anti-gun nutjobs what the first crime he committed that day was, I’ll lay very high stakes at VERY long odds that they will almost universally state it was when he shot out the door to gain access to the school building. NONE will name the real first criminal act of the day for that perpetrator. This article did… Read more »
GUN FREE ZONES are a Joke. 98% of Public Mass Shootings occur in GUN-FREE ZONES. These killers target locations where guns are not allowed because they feel safe. Precious lives are lost because of the time it takes to stop these killers. 911 response time = minutes. Response time 9mm = 1100 feet per second
Criminals, by virtue of being criminals, don’t pay any attention to gun laws. Such laws only deprive honest citizens of the fight of self defense and leave them prey to criminals and overreaching government.
I’m so tired of these far left Democrats and the lies they tell while pointing a finger at us saying we’re the ones lying. I don’t understand how educated Americans eat the lies up. Part of understanding is researching both sides before speaking. People follow the media blindly.
Todd, many want to believe the lies because then they can “feel safe”, rather than the harsh reality of the truth. And most people are not educated, other than maybe having a certificate proving they attended a school – learning, logic and understanding are optional, hence the reason we call them sheeple.
I went to a catholic grade school, and remember an incident that caused the whole 6th grade to be called in for some fire and brimstone. Apparently, the school acted on a report of an incident that was only half the truth, which made the pastor and principal look silly when the *other* half of the story came out. Boy, do I remember the sermon on “the sins of omission,” and that they are often worse than a flat out lie. This kind of activity is more the rule than the exception for the gun-grabbers. They pick and choose statistics… Read more »
when they report the number of deaths by firearm but not the lives saved when a private citizen defends life with a firearm And don’t forget to understand THIS lie: when they list the number of people killed with firearms each year, they conviently “forget” to mention that more than one third of those are suicides….. nearly all of which would have chosen a different method to end their lives had a firearm not been ready to hand.We see this theory borne out in Canada, our nearest neighbour, with nearly identical demographics, economic standards, etc, but access to handgins severely… Read more »
TWO thirds of all gun deaths in this country are suicides!
Gun control is about control, not guns.
guns do not commit violence, commie propagandist
how about hand, foot, bat, pipe violence?
rifles do not assault