Here’s a courageous act of leadership that could begin to make a real difference in the out-of-control “gun culture” in the US, where children in schools are being gunned down with military grade weapons.
What if the Chairman from one of the big US defense firms made the following statement:
“As a supplier of military weapons and arms for the defense of our nation and our allies against hostile threats, our main purpose is to protect the lives of our troops and to make products that give our troops an advantage during times of hostility. Weapons of this lethality and capability are designed and developed for those with professional skills and training. Not for home use!
Therefore I am calling on all my fellow senior executives in the defense industry to join together to press for a ban on the sale of automatic and semi-automatic military grade weapons and to contribute to a meaningful debate in Congress about stricter gun control laws in the US. We respect the constitutional rights of our citizens to bear arms, but deadly military-grade weapons is, in a word, overkill!”
That would certainly get the debate going!
Right now the major US defense firms are keeping their heads down and trying to avoid the gun control debate. That’s not in the best interests of the nation. Get engaged. Take a stand. In my mind the US defense industry operates using our tax dollars, so they should get engaged in the debate.
Open healthy debate from all sectors of our society is required, not just from grieving parents or paid lobbyists.
What do you think?
John R Childress