MAYORS THREATEN A BOYCOTT
Squeezing Gunmakers to Circumvent Your Gun Rights
By Harold Hutchison
Remember in the late 1990s, when mayors began suing the gun manufacturers, demanding that they comply with certain edicts that the gun-grabbers wanted, including one-gun-a-month restrictions (which few states have passed). The kibosh was put on those lawsuits in 2005 with the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. But now these gun-grabbers are at it again!
This time, they are taking a new tack on trying to gut your right to keep and bear arms. Now, they are threatening to go after the manufacturers in a new way. Their new strategy is particularly nasty – and it is worth taking note of – because the manufacturers again could face financial ruin.
These anti-gun mayors are threatening to boycott any gun manufacturer that does not kow-tow to Obama’s anti-gun agenda, laid out earlier this month. Their intention is to deny non-compliant gun manufacturers business. And equipping police departments can be big business: Cincinnati, Ohio’s police department has 1,049 uniformed officers – buying each of them one Glock 22 pistol, which has a suggested retail price of $599, could bring Glock just over $628,000 worth of business.
BANKRUPT THE MANUFACTURERS, GUN RIGHTS DIE
“We’re going to do everything we can as mayors to use … the collective buying power of many millions of dollars in guns and ammunition, to support those who will support common-sense laws and oppose those who are fighting us in Congress. I am not going to have the people, the taxpayers of Minneapolis, pay for people to stop the Congress from passing laws that keep our people safe,” Minneapolis mayor R. T. Rybak declared at the National Conference of Democratic Mayors.
Once again, anti-gun mayors who lose political battles due to the grassroots efforts of Second Amendment supporters are trying to carry out an end run to take away your guns rights. This loss will not be felt right away, and that makes it more insidious than the push for a gun ban. Imagine, if you will, that you need new magazines for your Glock 23. In your state, there is no artificial cap on how many rounds your magazine can hold. But when you try to place an order, the dealer then tells you, “Glock doesn’t make these for the civilian market any more.”
Stunned, you call Glock to find out why, and the customer service rep – who is probably hearing many calls, explains that Glock was threatened with a loss of serious business from the big-city police departments, who under orders from an anti-gun mayor, attached conditions to the next contract that forbade them from selling magazines holding more than ten rounds. You are stunned, asking why they gave in, and are told, “we couldn’t risk losing the contracts.”
A boycott by anti-gun mayors could have that effect. In 2012, Smith and Wesson had a net income of $16.1 million. This is what the company has taking out all expenses, depreciation, interest, and taxes. Now, the loss of a contract from one or two cities could be devastating to their bottom line.
That is just for one of the largest, most famous gun manufacturers. How might others fare in the face of dozens of mayors boycotting them, using politicized purchasing to force compliance with an agenda that has been rejected for years and years by state legislatures and Congress?
This is a huge threat to your gun rights. In essence, it is taking out your gun rights via attrition. Sooner or later, the anti-gunners achieve their agenda, and they don’t need to pass a law. Instead, it is all about misusing their power as elected officials.
WHAT CAN BE DONE?
The first step is to contact your country sheriff. Sound odd? Not really. County sheriffs are elected, and grassroots efforts can have an effect, especially at that level. If they hear from their constituents, they will respond. They don’t want to find themselves back in the private sector any time. The next step is to also call the gun manufacturers, and urge them to stand by their customers and the Second Amendment. Remember, gun owner reaction to Smith and Wesson signing on to a settlement of the lawsuits filed by anti-gun mayors in exchange for accepting provisions anti-gunners insisted on. Smith and Wesson faced a backlash from Second Amendment activists, and ultimately walked away from the settlement.
Finally, you need to get involved. Contact your state and local lawmakers to urge their opposition to politicizing gun purchasing by the police department. These anti-gun mayors are putting policemen at risk by tying purchases of equipment meant to ensure they survive a violent encounter with a bad guy to a political issue. This is wrong, and must be stopped.
Anti-gunners will never admit that the NRA has long supported local and state law enforcement. Don’t let anti-gun mayors bully gun companies into walking away from supporting the Second Amendment. Go to http://membership.nrahq.org/ to join the NRA. Then go to https://www.nraila.org/get-involved-locally/forms/secure/frontlines.aspx to become part of NRA-ILA’s Frontlines to help fight the anti-gun extremists.