The second story on today's Morning Edition delved into gun makers' reaction to Obama's proposed gun control package. Most of them had little to say--hiding behind the fact that most of the major gun manufacturers are privately owned. But one gun maker did speak out--and promptly stuck his head far up his ass. Namely, Mke Fifer, CEO of Ruger. Listen here.
Fifer's comments start at the 1:45 mark. He called for gun owners to use software that Ruger has developed to contact their lawmakers in hopes of derailing the proposals. He claimed that many of the proposals would set the industry back. At a convention in Las Vegas, Fifer said everyone he's talked to is afraid the new proposals will keep them from developing new products.
So there you go. Fifer's concern isn't about protecting children. It's about keeping new products rolling. We already figured that was what most gun makers were thinking. But at least now one of them was foolish enough to go on the record.
Oh, and it turns out that Ruger is one of the few gun makers that is publicly traded. You know what to do.