Taking the Initiative: On Guns

Gun Safety, DNSIB, Smart Guns

Taking the Initiative: On Guns

Monday, June 18, 2018
Catholic Labor Organization

The goal is responsible gun ownership and responsible gun transactions. The legislative path is clogged with libertarian ideologues. Consequently, students, community leaders, executives and investors have taken other crisscrossing paths from within and through the business world.  The first of these can be called consumer action....

[C]onsumer/citizen groups focus on gun manufacturers. Rabbi Joel Mosbacher and Rev. Anthony Bennett are leaders in Metro-IAF, a network of over 20 community organizations. They want manufacturers to install accident-prevention accessories on their models (called smart guns that can only be fired by the registered owner) and to discontinue distribution to careless retailers (called dumb dealers). Bennett says he and other pastors are unhappy about “too many funerals” and heartbroken about “too many family members killed because of illegal guns.” Mosbacher is involved because in 1999 his father was murdered as he opened his small business. Metro-IAF’s gun campaign is called “Do Not Stand Idly By”. Metro-IAF knows that a manufacturer does not listen to one or another individual. So Metro-IAF finds allies who purchase in quantity, like police departments. Then gun companies may consider safety proposals.