Gun Violence Is Criminal Justice, Not Public Health Issue

By Mike Bazinet, NSSF

More than eight out of 10 Americans say the misuse of guns in violent crimes is a matter for the criminal justice system, not a public health issue, and that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) should not spend resources on the study of “gun violence” but instead concentrate on viruses and disease.

These findings are among the results of a national scientific poll of 1,055 likely voters conducted by telephone Sept. 30-Oct. 2. NSSF commissioned the survey to determine whether adults share the view of some gun control organizations and activists that the use of guns in crime, for which they use the shorthand “gun violence,” is a public health issue.

An overwhelming 84 percent of survey respondents said gun violence is a criminal justice issue, rather than a public health issue, such as viruses. An even higher 88 percent of respondents said they do not think the CDC should spend resources on studying the use of guns in crime rather than studying viruses and disease. Some 71 percent of respondents said that the federal government should not classify gun violence as a public health issue in the manner of viruses and diseases.

When asked whether the definition of gun violence should be expanded to include accidents and instances of self-defense, nearly three-quarters of respondents said gun violence is a crime committed using a firearm with the intent to injure another person.

Harper Polling conducted the survey. The margin of error is +/-3.02 percent. Respondents self-identified as 38 percent Democrat, 33 percent Republican and 30 percent independent. As to ethnicity, 74 percent of respondents said they were White, 11 percent African-American, 8 percent Hispanic and 7 percent, Other. As for age, 25 percent of respondents said they were 18-39; 27 percent, 40-54; 23 percent, 55-65; and 25 percent, 66 or older.

“As the significant challenges posed by the Ebola epidemic demonstrate, the emphasis of the Centers for Disease Control should remain on the study, prevention and containment of viruses and infectious disease,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF senior VP and general counsel. “For political reasons, many involved in gun control activism would like to redefine the criminal misuse of guns into a public health issue. We commissioned this survey to help determine where Americans stood on this issue. To put it plainly, they don’t buy it. And given the 20-year reduction in violent crime that the FBI reports, even as the number of firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens has increased, they shouldn’t buy it.”


Safariland Group Achieves Safety Milestone

The Safariland Group has achieved an aggregate 3.2 million employee hours of work without a recordable injury. The company initiated its corporate safety program five years ago. In 2013, Safariland LLC was named one of America’s Safest Companies by EHS Today.

Safariland Group associates are involved in stretching exercise programs to address potential ergonomic issues, and are trained to identify potential injury risks. Safety tips are posted throughout the facilities, and employees receive encouragement from the leadership team.

“With this element of our safety program, we’ve empowered our associates to stop production if, at any moment, they feel unsafe or see a potential danger. Conversely, this program also encourages associates to call out good behavior with incentives tied to it. By giving our associates the right to put their and their colleague’s safety first, they now have created a safer working environment for each other,” said Pat Ross, The Safariland Group director of safety, health, environmental security and risk management.

“Our entire company culture is built around saving lives; it’s why we come to work every day. It was only natural to ensure that the same type of attention our associates place on the lives of others was built into our own operating procedures,” said Scott O’Brien, The Safariland Group president.


Brownells Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Earlier this year, Brownells celebrated the company’s 75th anniversary. To commemorate this achievement, Brownells hosted a “Monte Fest” in Montezuma, Iowa, complete with carnival-style rides, country music from headliner Phil Vassar and a raffle to support Montezuma community schools.

Founded by Bob Brownell in 1939, this Iowa-based company has grown from a small in-house gunsmithing shop to the world’s largest supplier of gunsmithing tools, gun parts, ammunition and accessories — now offering over 80,000 products. The company continues to focus on open and honest one-on-one customer service; its 100 percent satisfaction guarantee has attracted and retained lifetime customers.

Brownells has expanded its product line by offering products in numerous categories, debuting an archery line of products earlier this year. The company also has an Emergency & Survival Gear line of products, recently introducing a Pandemic Kit.

Headquartered in Montezuma, Iowa, this family-owned company will be moving to a 200,000-square-foot warehouse in nearby Grinnell. This expansion is expected to bring over 500 jobs to the area. In addition to doubling the company’s warehousing capacity, the facility will feature an experiential retail showroom where customers can learn about Brownells products in person and purchase them.

Salutes to Brownells for achieving this landmark anniversary.


Remington, Pelican Announce Partnership

Remington Outdoor Co. (ROC) has formed a strategic partnership with Pelican Products Inc. The partnership includes the creation of custom gun and accessory cases for each ROC brand, as well as Remington/Pelican-branded outdoor gear that includes coolers, flashlights and luggage.
“When you bring Pelican Products and the Remington Outdoor Co. together, the consumer wins with the best of both worlds — legendarily tough protection for advanced weaponry and accessories,” said Lyndon Faulkner, Pelican Products president and CEO.
“Pelican is a trusted brand with experience in making products that can stand the test of time, no matter what the conditions,” said Kevin Graff, ROC senior VP and general manager of business and consumer development.


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