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Gun nut ethics

January 7, 2014 - Harry Eagar
There was a short version of the story about the Utah firm that turned down a big sale yesterday in The Maui News. The longer version (folloiw link) -- and the comments appended to it -- fail to capture the irony.

In summary, Desert Tech refused to sell $15 million worth of man-killing firearms to Pakistan because they might be used to kill Americans. This was presented as an ethical stand.

Desert Tech will be happy, however, to sell its guns to Americans so they can shoot other Americans.

Let's be clear. That's the sole purpose of these weapons. Nobody is buying them to hunt rabbits or to shoot paper targets. They are mankillers, first and last, and nothing else:

"The SRS Covert sniper rifle was purpose-designed for Police and Military snipers needing ultimate concealability and maneuverability."

I'll let the gun nuts among RtO's readers explain why police would need a sniper rifle with a silencer.


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