Some critics are taking a short-sighted approach by questioning the propriety of a $2.4 million federal grant to the gun industry’s trade and lobbying association to promote gun locks and storage. Two anti-gun groups want Washington to withdraw the grant to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, whose headquarters is located in Newtown, the same town as the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The NSSF has resisted “any and all reforms” that would protect children, one of the groups, the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, says. The raw feelings toward the gun lobby are understandable, considering the terrible toll taken that December day and the gun industry’s intransigence toward reform legislation, state or federal.
But if gun locks and the storage of guns already in circulation saves lives, the grant money will be well spent. This incremental step should be part of a larger strategy to stem gun violence.
The Hartford Courant is not a pro-gun rag by any means. Probably you will not find a more anti-gun paper in the Northeast asides from the New York Times Tacos and Fajitas.
So when even they are telling Ladd and his cult members that they are missing the porcelain receptacle, you know CSGV really stepped into a huge pile of dung. And I am not saying that the Hartford Courant has seen the light and want to implement real gun safety measures designed by gun people, but simply that they know that the optics of blocking gun locks out pure of political spite is not going to go well with the general population.