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Ruger on Gun Control: Quotes from Heated Debate

By    |   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 10:11 AM

From politicians to average citizens, everyone has something to say in the debate over gun control. For more than 60 years, Sturm, Ruger & Co. has been manufacturing firearms, and the company has been a vocal advocate for gun rights.

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In 1989, William Ruger Sr. pushed Congress to shift focus from banning particular guns to banning high-capacity magazines. According to The Gun Zone, Ruger delivered proposed legislation to Congress that read, in part:

“The best way to address the firepower concern is therefore not to try to outlaw or license many millions of older and perfectly legitimate firearms (which would be a licensing effort of staggering proportions) but to prohibit the possession of high capacity magazines. By a simple, complete, and unequivocal ban on large capacity magazines, all the difficulty of defining 'assault rifles' and 'semi-automatic rifles' is eliminated. The large capacity magazine itself, separate or attached to the firearm, becomes the prohibited item. A single amendment to Federal firearms laws could prohibit their possession or sale and would effectively implement these objectives.”

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Today, Ruger lays out the company’s positions in a pamphlet available on its website.  Quotes from Ruger's pamphlet add a unique dimension to the debate over gun control.

“Firearms safety education can and has demonstrably reduced needless accidents with firearms, particularly among younger persons. Yet, any suggestion of such a widespread educational program is immediately met with the response that it is actually ‘promoting guns.’ If we took this attitude toward sex and drug education programs, we would be accused of being naïve and immature.”

“The fact is that neither the proponents of nor those against additional firearms regulation are the enemy – the violent criminal is the enemy of civilization.”

“Nothing outrages those who comply with 20,000 gun laws and regulations already in effect than the reckless misuse of guns by individuals with no values who shouldn’t be within miles of them.”

“If it were within our power to sweep the streets of illegal guns, we would gladly do so. What we will not do is sacrifice the rights of decent people to own guns in an attempt to disarm illegally armed criminals. Promotion of the values of character and conscience that prevent us from harming one another will be the only effective change to this senseless cycle of violence.”

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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