Faith-Based Groups Join Forces, Target Gun Manufacturers In The Worst Way
A coalition formed by 11 Catholic groups have united together to take down gun-manufacturers from the inside. By buying up the minimum required shares (200) they became ‘shareholders’ and started to make demands. One of which, was that the companies provide a report about what they are doing to promote gun safety as well as to produce safer guns.
The main concern, among many, here is that the groups seem to be targeting semiautomatic weapons in particular. Specifically, their request implies that the gun manufacturer is partially responsible when one of their weapons is used in a shooting and should accept responsibility.
This could easily become a dangerous and slippery slope for gun rights. It seems that since they can’t get gun control policies passed through the American people, this organization plans to invoke gun-control at the source. Removing that decision from the hands of individuals.
Part of the SEC Filing reads:
“The resolution asks American Outdoor Brands Company (AOBC) to report on activities underway to mitigate the risks that its products may be misused in criminal acts of gun violence. Contrary to what the company suggests, AOBC has both the responsibility and capacity to play a more active role in how its products are used; the requested assessment and reporting are the first steps towards acceptance of this responsibility. As a result of several high profile mass shootings in the past year, most recently the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, gun violence is increasingly being seen as a public health crisis with extraordinary human and financial costs.”
According to The Trace, after the Parkland school shooting, the activists, including the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and the Catholic Health Initiatives network of clinics, bought stock in the American Outdoor Brands Corporation (AOBC), which owns Smith & Wesson. They did the same with Sturm, Ruger, the other major publicly traded gun company. The activists then used their status as shareholders to ask fellow investors to join them in demanding that the gunmakers publicly report on public safety risks caused by their products.
The groups involved in the coalition that purchased stock in Smith & Wesson have been identified as:
• Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, U.S.-Ontario Province
• Adrian Dominican Sisters
• Catholic Health Initiatives
• Congregation of St. Joseph
• Daughters of Charity, Province of St Louise
• Mercy Health
• Mercy Investment Services
• Sisters of Bon Secours, USA
• Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province
• Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
• Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet – St. Louis Province
This story isn’t getting much coverage, likely because it doesn’t sound exciting, but the fact is that forcing the manufacturer to take responsibility could open them up to lawsuits and or closing down completely, in the long run.
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