Category Archives: Gun manufacturers

Making a Killing: The business and politics of selling guns

by Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 6/27/16

Bars in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia let out at 2 A.M. On the morning of January 17, 2010, two groups emerged, looking for taxis. At the corner of Market and Third Street, they started yelling at each other. On one side was Edward DiDonato, who had recently begun work at an insurance company, having graduated from Villanova University, where he was a captain of the lacrosse team. On the other was Gerald Ung, a third-year law student at Temple, who wrote poetry in his spare time and had worked as a technology consultant for Freddie Mac. Both men had grown up in prosperous suburbs: DiDonato in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia; Ung in Reston, Virginia, near Washington, D.C.

Everyone had been drinking, and neither side could subsequently remember how the disagreement started; one of DiDonato’s friends may have kicked in the direction of one of Ung’s friends, and Ung may have mocked someone’s hair. “To this day, I have no idea why this happened,” Joy Keh, a photographer who was one of Ung’s friends at the scene, said later.

The argument moved down the block, and one of DiDonato’s friends, a bartender named Thomas V. Kelly IV, lunged at the other group. He was pushed away before he could throw a punch. He rushed at the group again; this time, Ung pulled from his pocket a .380-calibre semiautomatic pistol, the Kel-Tec P-3AT. Only five inches long and weighing barely half a pound, it was a “carry gun,” a small, lethal pistol designed for “concealed carry,” the growing practice of toting a hidden gun in daily life. Two decades ago, leaving the house with a concealed weapon was strictly controlled or illegal in twenty-two states, and fewer than five million Americans had a permit to do so. Since then, it has become legal in every state, and the number of concealed-carry permit holders has climbed to an estimated 12.8 million….

read more at The New Yorker

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MAKING A KILLING: GUNS, GREED, AND THE NRA

From Brandywine Peace Community:

Making A Killing is the latest documentary from Brave New Films and director Robert Greenwald. The film tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in mortal danger.The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking – and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis.

See MAKING A KILLING: GUNS, GREED, AND THE NRA trailer here. For a showing in Philadelphia on May 8, see our calendar, above. Image from the trailer:

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Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA

from Brave New Films (Watch trailer, sign up to host a screening, get more info):

Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger.

The film looks into gun tragedies that include unintentional shootings, domestic violence, suicides, mass shootings and trafficking – and what we can do to put an end to this profit-driven crisis. Through this film and campaign, Brave New Films will work with partners to fight for a country where public safety is more valued than profit.

Join us to demand – and achieve – common sense gun laws now.

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Newtown parents to Congress: protect us, not the gun industry

NEWTOWN ACTION ALLIANCE
P.O. Box 3325, Newtown CT 06470
January 22, 2016

Dear Members of the 114th Congress:

Gun manufacturers make up the only industry in America that is protected from lawsuits when its products lead to violence and death.

In 2005, Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which granted broad immunity from liability to gun manufacturers and dealers in federal and state courts. PLCAA prevents plaintiffs from filing lawsuits against gun manufacturers or dealers for negligence or “criminal or unlawful misuse” of a firearm or ammunition.

We are the parents of Jessica Ghawi, an Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting victim. We filed a lawsuit against Lucky Gunner, the online company that provided the ammunition to the gunman who murdered our daughter along with 11 others and injured 70 others. We brought our lawsuit because we thought it was outrageous that companies could sell a dangerous man an arsenal without getting any information about him, and without making any effort to see if he was a dangerous killer—which he was. Continue reading

How America’s Gun Manufacturers Are Quietly Getting Richer Off Taxpayers

By Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones, January 29, 2016

Political bluster flowed after Sandy Hook — and so did millions of dollars in subsidies.

In January 2013, a month after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the state of New York passed gun control legislation that included a ban on the retail sale of assault weapons. Soon after, Remington Outdoor Company, the maker of the Bushmaster assault rifle used in the massacre, announced it would lay off workers at its 200-year-old factory in Ilion and move production to Huntsville, Alabama. Then CEO George Kollitides explained in a letter to New York officials that the move was brought on by “state policies affecting use of our products.”

The gun lobby crowed about political payback: “We hope that sends a very strong message,” remarked then National Rifle Association’s president, Jim Porter, on an NRA radio show. What Porter didn’t mention was what Alabama had done to sweeten the deal: By relocating to Huntsville, Remington, a $1 billion firearms conglomerate owned by the Manhattan private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, would receive state and local grants, tax breaks, and other incentives worth approximately $69 million—the equivalent of getting about $14 from every resident of Alabama.

“I’ve had CEOs tell me that the offers are so extraordinary that they could essentially move their factories for free,” said one gun industry leader.

Since 2003, state and local governments from Alabama to Tennessee have given more than $120 million worth of taxpayer funds to at least seven major firearms companies….

read more at Mother Jones

Contribute to “Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA”

email from Brave New Films, 1/28/16

In 2014, we began researching and collecting stories of families affected by gun violence. Through our work we have unveiled how a shared greed has nurtured a symbiotic relationship between the National Rifle Association, gun manufacturers and elected officials. Since then thousands of people have contributed to telling these stories and making this connection to the world.

The bad news: Two years later, the NRA and gun manufacturers are still waging war at any regulation that could save lives.

The good news: Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA should be ready for release the week of March 14. Now, we have the opportunity to tell these stories to the world and take on the NRA once and for all.

Will you contribute $10 to produce this film? With every contribution, big or small, you will get a free screening kit with link to the film when available. $50 gets your name in the end credits as an honorary Producer. Continue reading

Sanders gets defensive on gun control as Clinton tightens hold ahead of debate

by Sabrina Siddiqui, The Guardian, 19 December 2015

Senator’s voting record on guns a rare breach with progressive base while Democratic frontrunner steps up calls to close ‘loopholes’ with stricter laws

Bernie Sanders often boasts of a D-minus rating from the National Rifle Association. And yet, as the candidates take the stage on Saturday for the third Democratic presidential debate, the Vermont senator finds himself on the defensive over gun control.

The issue has risen to prominence amid a series of high-profile shootings, from Charleston to Roseburg and San Bernardino. At the debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, the question is likely to rise again: faced with an epidemic of gun violence, what more can America do?

There are few policy areas in which Sanders’s opponents have attacked him from the left. But on gun control, frontrunner Hillary Clinton has drawn a contrast between her long-held progressive views and Sanders’s somewhat mixed record.

A key area of disagreement was laid bare in the first debate in October, when Sanders struggled to explain his support for a bill in 2005 that granted legal protections to gun manufacturers. Attacked by Clinton and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, Sanders said he voted for “a large and complicated bill”. Clinton countered by pointing out that she had voted against the same measure and had not found it “that complicated”….

read more at The Guardian