Gun makers profit from tragedy

(From left) Rick Boldin and Amelia Hagedorn, aunt and uncle of shooting victim Elizabeth Marie Hagedorn, mourn the loss of their niece as Organizing For Action and Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence held a remembrance event for victims of gun violence at City Market on Friday, December 13, 2013. Saturday is the one year anniversary of the shootings in Newtown Connecticut. Local names were also read of all firearm homicide victims in Indianapolis since the Newtown shootings.(Photo: Star 2013 File Photo )

IndyStar 6:12 p.m. EDT April 21, 2014

The Sandy Hook school tragedy was a big boost to gun sales for companies like Sturm, Ruger & Co., the largest publicly traded gun maker in the United States and the only full line manufacturer of American-made firearms including assault rifles and semi-automatic pistols.

The gun industry profits from the fear generated by gun violence. The goal of the industry is to maximize profits by arming everyone in America. They give millions to the NRA to fight sensible legislation that polls show the vast majority of Americans support.

Sen. Dan Coats understands this and yet voted against universal background checks, which most people in Indiana supported. His vote was a vote to allow continued easy access to guns by criminals and the mentally ill. Was that vote due to fear of the NRA , or the $19,800 he received from the gun lobby or was it both?

The sad fact is that it is all about money.

Edmund Smith


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