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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Guns R Us (for Kids)

Big NYT story tonight on sick gun industry making sure its future remains bright--by stepping up marketing of guns to kids (sometimes giving them away).  Giving Bushmasters to kids for Christmas--why not.   "The industry’s strategies include giving firearms, ammunition and cash to youth groups; weakening state restrictions on hunting by young children; marketing an affordable military-style rifle for “junior shooters” and sponsoring semiautomatic-handgun competitions for youths; and developing a target-shooting video game that promotes brand-name weapons, with links to the Web sites of their makers."
The pages of Junior Shooters, an industry-supported magazine that seeks to get children involved in the recreational use of firearms, once featured a smiling 15-year-old girl clutching a semiautomatic rifle. At the end of an accompanying article that extolled target shooting with a Bushmaster AR-15 — an advertisement elsewhere in the magazine directed readers to a coupon for buying one — the author encouraged youngsters to share the article with a parent.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well certainly we'd prefer to keep kids from learning how to defend themselves and their freedoms. It's much better to train them to be sheep.