Firearms

Wait just a minute

I see a lot of comparisons between abortion rights and gun rights, ways the two issues are alike and not alike. For example, almost no one believes the two rights are absolute. Most agree there are acceptable limits for possessing weapons. No one thinks your crazy uncle should have access to a nuclear bomb. Similarly, few people advocate third-trimester abortions, except perhaps when a woman's life is at grave risk.

COVID winners: Sturm Ruger posts record-breaking profits

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The very last thing we need is more guns in circulation:

Another sharp increase in demand for firearms amid the COVID-19 pandemic and national political tension enabled Sturm, Ruger & Co. to post Wednesday a nearly fivefold hike in third-quarter net income to $24.75 million. The report was a near repeat of Ruger's second-quarter performance, which yielded a threefold profit hike to $18.6 million.

By comparison, net income a year ago was $4.82 million. The third-quarter 2020 profit was offset somewhat by Ruger paying $8.1 million in income taxes, up from $1.5 million a year ago.

That's nearly a six-fold increase in gun sales in one year. This likely has more to do with the social unrest attributed to police killings of black people than the virus itself, but don't write off the quarantine mentality completely. Curbing social interaction has a psychological toll we simply can't predict, but it's definitely not good. We talk about mass shootings in schools and other public venues as the major threat to American children. But 3 out of 4 of them are killed at home:

Firearms Ads on ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Broadcasts

Yesterday I was floored when an advertisement for firearms manufacturer FN Herstal came on during broadcast of one of the ACC men's basketball tournament games on the local ACC Network affiliate WMYA-40 out of Asheville. I'm not sure whether this was a network ad, sanctioned by the ACC, or a local only ad. FN Herstal, based in Belgium, owns the Winchester and Browning brands in the US, with manufacturing in Columbia, SC, and marketing in McLean, VA.

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