Earlier this week, National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) was informed of a new policy that states that the United Parcel Service (UPS) will no longer accept shipments obtaining firearm suppressors. This new policy not only applies to individuals, but also extends to licensed dealers.
According to the NSSF Press Release, no thefts or losses have been reported, which only gives us more of a reason to question UPS’s policy. Currently the NSSF is working closely with executives at UPS to determine what prompted the implementation of this surprising new policy.
“Earlier this week, ASA was made aware of the decision by UPS to cease all shipments of firearm suppressors,” Knox Williams, president of the American Suppressor Association told Guns.com Sunday. “We have been working alongside NRA and NSSF to get to the bottom of the issue.”
With the continuous growth in demand for firearm suppressors along with the large amount currently in route, over 600,000 to be exact, this new policy could actually ending up hurting UPS. Williams claims that if UPS does not reconsider, he will explore other carriers. Judging by the commentary left by social media users, some of their business might just travel over to FedEx.
“Banning shipping suppressors? We’ll be shipping Fed-Ex,” said another in response to a photo posted thanking the military for their service.
“Is that why you banned shipping certain LEGAL firearms accessories? Veterans make up a large segment of the shooting sports industries. Sounds like your obligatory committee written PC post to make people think you actually care about Americans and our freedoms,” said another Facebook user.
39 states currently allow the possession of suppressors, which would mean that UPS is implementing a policy that places restrictions on an individuals’ legal right. Why should it matter what they’re shipping as long as the contents are not illegal or harmful to the carrier or to others? Not to mention the fact that a suppressor without a firearm attached is nothing more than a useless metal tube.
As long as the individual is abiding by the laws of his or her state, there should be no problem with the contents inside of a package that they are paying money to have shipped.
A recent article published on Kentucky claims that a majority of deaths by firearm can be blamed on the law-abiding citizens. Author Stephen Senft first tries to explore what went wrong when a 2-year-old child shot his mother.
The Nicholas Kristof column referring to the 2-year-old shooting his mother ends with, “Something is amiss….”
Something is much worse than amiss with the people we elect to Congress and state legislatures, and with many in the general population.
The Centers for Disease Control’s 2013 data show that an average of 323 people were shot every day in this country, 92 fatally. Every month, more are killed by gunshot here than the total U.S. military personnel killed in the 13-plus years of war in Afghanistan.
He then continues to provide unsourced statistics to show just how horrible gun violence is. However, he does not mention intentional suicides or how those play into all of this.
If you ACTUALLY look at the CDC FastStats for Death by Firearm, you will see a total of 33,636 deaths be firearm were reported in 2013. This is that scary number that this author is manipulating to make his point, but he missed a huge step.
If you THEN go to the CDC FastStats for Self-Inflicted Injury/Suicide, you will see that 21,175 out of the 33,636 he listed is actually from someone intentionally killing themselves with a firearm. But he doesn’t mention that until the very end of the article, after readers have already assumed that the number listed above is excluding INTENTIONAL firearm use.
Note– someone intentionally shooting themselves is not ‘misuse’ of a gun. It is ‘misuse’ of proper medical care.
He then goes as far as stating that guns are legally available to ‘just about anybody from preschool children to illegal drug dealers’. This is insane!
First, for a gun to be ‘legally available’ to anyone, they have to be over the age of 21 AND have to forego a criminal background check. Habitual criminals, illegal drug dealers, and gang members would NOT be able to obtain a gun LEGALLY. Children under the age of 21 would NOT be able to obtain a gun legally.
Under present laws and levels of enforcement, guns are legally available to just about anybody from preschool children to illegal drug dealers, gang members, habitual criminals, domestic abusers, severely mentally distressed people who may be a danger to themselves or others, and prison escapees.
The NRA/gun manufacturers/gun dealers complex has played upon irrational fears, deceitful data use, patriotic mythology and adolescent male emotionalism to create a fantasy view of the value of easy access to guns.
He then claims that the NRA/gun manufacturers/gun dealers never talk about how to prevent gun misuse. Excuse me while I laugh out loud. The NRA and other gun ranges have safety rules posted through-out the range. The NRA in particular makes you take a gun safety and range safety exam before they even let you into the firing lane. The NRA along with other organizations also OFFER GUN SAFETY CLASSES TO EVERYONE. So how exactly are they ‘never’ talking about how you can prevent accidents?
View NRA Gun Safety Tips here.
View National Shooting Sports Foundation tips on gun safety here.
View example of business dedicated to Firearms Training here.
And last one of many, Armed Defense Training tips on gun safety here.
They always talk about gun rights and self-defense but never about how to prevent frequent misuse of guns by ordinary citizens. Here are basic points that need to be recognized for creating a rational public policy:
1. Guns are designed to be used for destructive acts.
2. Everyone who has access to a gun and is old enough to understand the power of a gun is planning to kill someone if the “right” circumstances arise.
3. Most people who have access to guns have never been screened or trained to safely use the destructive power of guns, and especially have not been trained how to decide when to shoot another person.
4. The result of the first three points is that almost all gunshot injuries and deaths are caused by law-abiding citizens misusing guns.
Then he lists 4 points that he thinks should be recognized when creating public policy.
#1. Gun are designed to be used for destructive acts: Guns are designed to be used for a multitude of reasons including self-defense, sports, and hunting. It is the shooter who makes them destructive.
#2. Everyone who has access to a gun is planning to kill: No. This is false. I don’t sit in my room and stare at my gun until a bad experience comes my way and plot all of the ways I am going to kill someone with it. This ideology is absolutely, mind-numbingly, stupid. It is there for my protection. If I NEED to use it, I can also make the choice to injure someone. I am not automatically assuming that I will need to use deadly force on an intruder. Go back and read some of my articles showing how attackers/intruders either fled the scene or were held at gunpoint until proper authority arrived.
#3. Most people who have access to guns have not been properly trained: First, I would like to know where he got his information on this one. Once again, no source. Second, think of the certain course requirements that must be fulfilled before you can apply for your CCW.
#4. Almost all gunshot injuries and deaths are caused by law-abiding citizens misusing guns: FALSE. He says it himself in the end of the article. 60% of gun deaths in the US each year are from suicides. You then have police shootings in that mix, you have some accidental shootings, and you have homicides. How does this equal ‘almost all’ gun injuries and deaths are caused by law-abiding citizens misusing guns?
The most frequent fatality caused by gun use is suicide. Nationally about 60 percent of gunshot deaths are suicides; in Kentucky it’s about 70 percent, according to the CDC and National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Also, most murders happen between two persons with a close association. Unlimited access to guns makes it easy for a conflict to become deadly.
When Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul respond to letters urging logical gun access restrictions they just talk about rights and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. They never say one word, nor have ever taken any action, to prevent the kinds of misuse of guns by law-abiding citizens that account for almost all gunshot damage. Likewise, Rep. Andy Barr’s response to contacts is to make vague representations about doing something to reduce gun injuries and deaths, but he has accomplished nothing.
What is more than amiss is that the unlimited-access-to-guns complex has so intimidated our elected officials that they are not following the U.S. Constitution’s goal to “promote the general welfare.”
Big name gun makers like Beretta, Remington, Ruger, Kahr, and more have about had it with the anti-second amendment gun laws passing is states in which their headquarters are located. These firearm industries are looking to move to more ‘Constitution friendly’ states, taking their guns, jobs, and money with them.
Remington announced this past February that they would be building a new firearms production plant in Huntsville, AL. This plant is foreseen to create 2,000 jobs within the next decade.
We considered numerous factors in our decision-making process. These factors included, among others, labor quality, pro-business environment, strong existing infrastructure and pro-Second Amendment policies.
-Teddy Novine, director of public affairs for Freedom Group Inc., the parent company of Remington
One of the major reasons for Remington’s relocation is due to New York’s recent passing of the Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act in wake of the shootings in Newton, CT. The SAFE Act bans the ownership of AR-15 style rifles in the state, which would be unfortunate for Remington. You’d think that in light of Remington creating 1300+ jobs in NY, they would be looking to promote the industry, but instead they’re doing the exact opposite.
Beretta USA is another company that has decided to expand into gun friendly states. Their headquarters is currently located in Maryland. They have announced that they will be building a $45 million production plant in Tennessee. This will create 300 more jobs.
Finding a state that supported the Second Amendment did play a sizable role in our search. There were several factors, one of which was a strong level of support for constitutional rights.”
–Ryan Muety, spokesman for Beretta USA.
Private Sector Businesses are what is driving economic growth in Maryland. Beretta USA has created over 36,000 jobs since December of 2012.
PTR is another. However, unlike Beretta USA and Remington, they will not be keeping their headquarters in the same place. PTR Industries announced last June that they would be uprooting all operations from Bristol, CT and moving to Aynor, SC. This move was completed in January of this year and is estimated to employ over 120 people by July 2017.
Ruger announced this past July that they will be building a production plant in Mayodan, NC.
Kahr is currently headquarted in Pearl River, NY. This is about to change very soon as well. With the purchase of more than 600 acres in Blooming Grove Township, PA, Kahr Arms plans on moving its corporate headquarters and research and development arm to Pennsylvania in the first phase of expansion.
I don’t think I have to say it when taking into account the information I provided above, but just in case you need to look at it from a different angle. This industry helps provide WELL PAYING jobs to American citizens. What do you think is going to happen if your crazy gun-control laws get passed in every state? It will leave thousands of people without a job and it will severely damage the US economy.
Not only is gun ownership beneficial to US citizens in a protection stand point, but it also substantially helps our economy. The firearms industry was responsible for almost $38 billion total economic activity in the United States just last year. That is a 97% increase from 2008.
Let’s also take a look at the impact this industry has had on a national level as well as within your own state:
Looking specifically in the states I mentioned above, can you imagine what their economy will look like within the next 10 years after this companies have up and moved away? Here is the economic impact of the firearms industry in 2013. These states have passed stricter gun control laws, resulting in major firearm production companies
• New York: $2.1 billion
• Connecticut: $1.9 billion
• Massachusetts: $1.6 billion
• Colorado: $825 million
• Maryland: $511 million
So before you go spouting off non-sense on why you think we should have gun control, my past two posts show why that’s a HORRIBLE idea.
1) Ruins the economy
2) Takes well-paying jobs away from hard-working American citizens
3) Increases violent crime and gun homicide