"On the day after the election shares of gun maker Sturm Ruger fell 14 percent. And the price of Smith & Wesson, which has since changed its name to the generic sounding American Outdoor Brands, fell 15 percent. Shares of both companies are still down, in contrast to the overall stock market, which has enjoyed big post-election gains. All of this points to that weird dynamic in the gun business."
March 31, 20175:07 AM ET
Heard on Morning Edition
Oklahoma City Bomber, Tim McVeigh worshippers have their man in the Whitehouse, so a different ad is needed.
"The gun lobby's new 'recruitment ad' is really a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear:"
"With this savage ad, every Democrat, every liberal, every person of color, every immigrant or anyone who carries a protest sign or raises a voice in disagreement becomes a target in the diseased mind of some tormented viewer. Heavily armed Americans are encouraged to lock and load and be ready for the ballistic solution to any who oppose the systematic looting of Washington by an authoritarian regime led by a deeply disturbed barracuda of a man who tweets personal insults, throws tantrums and degrades everything he touches."
But the shooters and potential shooters aren't only targeting Democrats and the press. It looks like Donald Trump, Republicans and possibly the .01% are targets too:
In late May, police in Washington, D.C., arrested a man with an AR-15 assault rifle, a 40- caliber handgun and 90 rounds of ammunition at the Trump Hotel, not far from the Capitol and the White House.
Police said Bryan Moles, 43, of Edinboro, Pennsylvania, told a tipster that he wanted to “get close to Trump” and “wanted to be like Timothy McVeigh.”
Court document say Moles, who had worked as a physician, was armed with an assault rifle and a handgun and was in the nation’s capitol “to see the president.” He told an acquaintance, court documents say, that he had enough ammunition to make his car resemble Timothy McVeigh “on a camping trip.”
Before traveling to Washington, D.C., police learned Moles emptied his bank account, leaving behind a balance of $4.19 – perhaps symbolic of the 4-19 date of McVeigh’s act of terrorism in 1995.
Over and over it's been demonstrated that arms manufacturers don't care if drug cartels or police, friends of the United States or enemies of the United States use their weapons. The only thing that matters is sales. Dead and bleeding Democrats, Republicans, people eating at McDonalds, wounded Congressmen, they're all good for gun sales.
"Washington (CNN)Rep. Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, a lobbyist and a member of the Capitol police force were shot Wednesday in Alexandria, Virginia, during a Republicans' early-morning practice ahead of a charity baseball game.
Federal law enforcement officials identified the alleged shooter as James Hodgkinson, 66, of Belleville, Illinois, who died following a shootout with authorities.
At least six people including Scalise, the third ranking member of House Republican leadership as the majority whip, were hospitalized."
GOP House Whip Steve Scalise remains in critical condition after shooting at baseball practice
"Watching this expertly produced ad, we thought of how the Nazis produced slick propaganda like this to demonize the Jews, round up gypsies and homosexuals, foment mobs, burn books, crush critics, justify torture and incite support for state violence."
The gun lobby's new "recruitment ad" is really a call for white supremacy and armed insurrection, deliberately crafted to stir anger and fear.
By Bill Moyers and Michael Winship | June 29, 2017