The sniper is a predictable consequence of a gun industry bent on marketing military and military-style weapons to consumers in an effort to revive sales. This mass marketing includes sniper rifles that are radically different from standard hunting rifles yet are easier to buy than handguns. Industry marketing also has fueled a sniper subculture that glorifies the “one shot, one kill” technique used over and over again by this sniper.
Most Americans are surprised to learn that firearms, one of the most lethal consumer products, are not regulated for health and safety. That means there’s no way to track manufacturers who distribute to unscrupulous dealers, no way to collect data on manufacture and use and no way to ban products that pose an unreasonable threat to public safety.
Cheryl Hystad and Susan Peschin
October 24, 2002
Sniper exposes a need for real gun regulation
Cheryl Hystad is executive director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition in Baltimore, and Susan Peschin is firearms project director for the Consumer Federation of America in Washington.
Peschin lying again. Image and story from here.
[The ignorance, or willful lying, is strong with these two. You would think they should know that GC68 provides for a means to trace guns and the 4473 forms we fill out to buy new guns are used everyday for just that. That doesn’t even get into the ignorance or lying in the first paragraph with “sniper rifles” versus hunting rifles.
I know, and I strongly suspect they know, the only way they can win is through willful ignorance and/or lying. Shouldn’t we have some “common-sense” regulation that sends people to prison for attempting to violate someone else’s rights? Oh yeah! We already do.—Joe]