ny times logoNYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett’s letter to the editor about children and guns appears in today’s New York Times. She wrote the piece in response to the Times’ recent cover story titled Guns and Children: A Dangerous Combination, which highlighted the underreporting of accidental childhood deaths from guns. Here’s the full text of the letter:

To the Editor:

A strong theme emerged in your article: the power of the gun lobby to thwart reforms that would reduce the death and injury caused by their product, particularly to children.

The gun lobby has made gun makers the poster children for bad corporate governance. The gun industry fails in its duty of care by ignoring shady distributors and dealers who supply the illegal gun market, showing that it does not care where its guns end up as long as there is money to be made.

The gun lobby has consistently rejected simple product-safety enhancements like increasing trigger pull or building in chamber load indicators and security code locking devices that could save lives. It has fought to have guns be the sole consumer product not regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. And it finances the National Rifle Association to oppose even mild gun safety legislation like background checks on gun buyers and stiffer penalties for gun trafficking.

If any other consumer product industry behaved in such a reckless and irresponsible manner, Congress would be on it. The fact that it’s not is a testament to the gun lobby’s stranglehold on our elected leaders.

LEAH GUNN BARRETT
Executive Director
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
New York, Sept. 30, 2013

NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett

NYAGV Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett

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