I read this article this morning on the promotion of guns and shooting to children, to keep up interest in the sport. There is no doubt that there is a marketing, money-driven interest here.
In an interview, Mr. Sanetti said the youth-centered research was driven by the inevitable “tension” the industry faces, given that no one under 18 can buy a rifle or a shotgun from a licensed dealer or even possess a handgun under most circumstances. That means looking for creative and appropriate ways to introduce children to shooting sports….Gun companies have spent millions of dollars to put their recruitment strategies into action, either directly or through the shooting sports foundation and other organizations.
I read so much about the right to bear arms, to ‘protect one’s family’, to be ready to rise up against a corrupt government and fight against tyranny, even to introduce armed guards in schools to prevent further tragedy rather than control the availability of guns themselves. And this sense of promoting guns to young children to keep the firearms industry going in the future smacks of self-interest and money making.
I don’t pretend to know all the ins and outs, but I just want to weep. I don’t understand those who do not want tighter control on weaponry. I don’t get it. How can you not want to be sensible, to be responsible, where something has such awful potential?
And, on a wider level, if we focus on what we see as our ‘rights’ and never consider our responsibilities, society will only become more and more selfish.