I testified to Congress about the gun industry. It rattled me to my core

I testified to Congress about the gun industry. It rattled me to my core

‘One particularly disturbing post by Daniel Defense depicts a young child cradling an AR-15.’ From 1995 to 2020, I worked for the firearms manufacturer Kimber. As the industry began to embrace extremism and conspiracy, I did what I could to fight back from the inside. When industry marketing celebrated armed vigilantism to sell guns, I left. I’m still a proud gun owner who believes in responsibility. These days I use my platform to advocate for commonsense gun safety measures and call out dangerous and toxic marketing in the industry – which is why I was invited to testify before the US House committee on oversight and reform last week. Like the others appearing, including two gun company chief executives, I was asked to submit written testimony for the official congressional record. I was warned that I would be under oath and prepared for the possibility that the large, high-profile hearing would go for several hours and include direct attacks on me. All of this happened – but that’s not why testifying was so frightening. The reason I found the hearing so scary was because it made clearer than ever that gun companies and their executives have completely abdicated responsibility and common sense. Their industry is nakedly marketing to – and in the process perhaps even creating – the next generation of mass shooters, all in service of their bottom line. At the beginning of these sorts of hearings, each witness has time to address the committee. I described how […]

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