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Gunmakers slammed in Congress for promoting assault rifles


AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles are extremely lethal weapons designed to kill enemy soldiers in the battlefieldsaid Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the House Oversight Committee.

Yet the industry has flooded our neighborhoods, our schools, and even our churches and synagogues with these lethal weapons.added the elected Democrat in reference to a series of killings committed with these rifles in recent years.

She got rich doing itshe continued, accusing the arms manufacturers of having increased their sales thanks to to dangerous marketing tactics targeting young men insecurities.

According to a report published by his commission, sellers have played on the military heritage of these weapons to attract buyers in search of masculinityeven if it means flirting with the codes of the white far right.

Thanks to the success of their campaigns, the five largest manufacturers have made more than a billion dollars over ten years from the sale of assault rifles, with a marked acceleration in recent years.

Ruger, the main manufacturer of AR-15s, thus earned in 2021 more than 100 million dollars by selling this type of rifle, twice as much as in 2020, and Daniel Defense tripled the earnings related to these weapons between 2019 and 2021, according to this report.

The leaders of these two companies, who testified by video link before the elected members of this commission, denounced the bloodshed committed with their weapons, but firmly rejected any responsibility.

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They are inanimate objects

Our country’s response must focus not on the type of weapons, but on the type of people who are likely to commit this carnage.said Marty Daniel, CEO by Daniel Defense, a model of which was used by the shooter who killed 21 people in May at a Texas school.

I am deeply disturbed by this horrible act committed by an evil personhe assured, while the parents of a girl killed in this shooting listened to him in silence from the Capitol.

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They are inanimate objectsrepeated several times Christopher Killoy, the president of Ruger, the main manufacturer of assault rifles in the United States, boasting of the 2000 jobs well paid created by his company.

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Asked about a colleague’s choice to sell a rifle named Big Igloo Aloha and decorated with flowers – the symbol of the Hawaiian shirts of the extremist group Boogaloo Boys – he assured not to be aware of this and to condemn racism.

Little hope for a law prohibiting this type of weapon

Reflecting the dialogue of the deaf in the United States, the elected Republicans of the commission flew to the aid of the industrialists in the name of the second amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms.

Gun manufacturers are not responsible for violent crimessaid James Comer, elected Republican of Kentucky. We will continue to protect the right of law-abiding gun owners to carry guns, including AR-15s.

The hearing comes as the House of Representatives hopes to pass a law banning assault rifles this summer. Barring a huge surprise, she will then fail in the Senate, where the support of 10 Republicans would be needed.

In 1994, Congress passed a law banning assault rifles and certain high-capacity magazines for 10 years. It expired in 2004 and sales have since soared.

After the Uvalde school shooting, Democratic President Joe Biden renewed his calls to ban them or raise the age to buy them to 21.

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