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FILE PHOTO: Worker Marilyn MacKay assembles a rifle at the Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. gun factory in Newport, New Hampshire
FILE PHOTO: Worker Marilyn MacKay assembles a rifle at the Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. gun factory in Newport, New Hampshire January 6, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Thayer/File Photo

April 9, 2019

By Ross Kerber

BOSTON (Reuters) – Investor activists said on Monday they will campaign to unseat two directors at gunmaker Sturm Ruger & Co, citing what they called its resistance to their concerns after shareholders won a battle over safety at last year’s annual meeting.

The plan for this year’s gathering, set for May 8 in New Hampshire, promises to renew a debate over how the company might respond to a series of mass shootings across the United States, including at schools, houses of worship and workplaces.

The activists include Majority Action, a liberal-leaning shareholder group, and religious investors affiliated with the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. While they hold a small number of Sturm Ruger shares, last year members of Interfaith Center won backing for a resolution from fund companies including top Ruger shareholders BlackRock Inc and Vanguard Group, showing an ability to set the agenda.

This year the activists said they will call on other investors to vote “withhold” on Sturm Ruger Chairman Michael Jacobi and on company director Sandra Froman, who is also a director of the National Rifle Association and was its president from 2005 to 2007.

Eli Kasargod-Staub, Majority Action’s executive director, said in an interview that Sturm Ruger should take a harder look at “smart gun” technology and hold talks with investors, dialogue it has rejected in the past.

He also said the company should step back from divisive cultural issues promoted by the NRA. Together, the topics “are the kind of issues that can and have been productively engaged on through dialogue with long-term investors at other companies,” he said.

A Sturm Ruger spokesman did not respond to messages on Monday.

Sturm Ruger and Smith & Wesson parent American Outdoor Brands Corp have faced new attention from gun safety activists after 17 people were killed at a mass shooting at a Florida high school in early 2018.

At Sturm Ruger’s annual meeting last May a resolution that called on the company to produce a report on the safety of its products won about two-thirds of votes cast over the company’s opposition. The document issued in February outlines safety features, improved background checks and other steps Sturm Ruger has taken, though the company cast doubt on the viability of smart guns and other technical changes suggested by the activists.

Top fund firms also backed all company directors despite their rare stance of avoiding talks with investors.

Sturm Ruger Chief Executive Christopher Killoy said at the meeting that fair disclosure rules kept it from speaking with BlackRock or Vanguard, although such meetings are common elsewhere.

(Reporting by Ross Kerber; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., says he’s getting death threats from people angry at the gun control legislation that he’s backed. 

In a tweeted recording of a voicemail he says he received from an unknown caller, a man’s voice can be heard saying: “Eric Swalwell, here’s a little ditty for ya. Pop pop pop pop pop pop pop, 30-round clip, you’re all gonna drop.” 

The man then continues in a profanity-laced tirade, saying “We’re going to war. And you’re gonna be the first [expletive] casualty.”

In the tweet, Swalwell wrote: “I’m not afraid of this guy. I’m not afraid of the NRA I’m not afraid. No fear.”

Swalwell was one of the backers of a House bill to require universal background checks on gun purchases. He also backed a bill that he said would make it tougher for domestic abusers to get their hands on guns. 

According to Politico, Swalwell is ready to run for the presidency, having been overheard at a fundraiser last week saying “Don’t tell anybody, but I’m announcing in two weeks.”

Source: NewsMax Politics

Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., says he is getting death threats from people angry at the gun control legislation he has backed. 

In a tweeted recording of a voicemail he says he received from an unknown caller, a man’s voice can be heard saying: “Eric Swalwell, here’s a little ditty for ya. Pop pop pop pop pop pop pop, 30-round clip, you’re all gonna drop.”

The man then continues in a profanity-laced tirade, saying “We’re going to war. And you’re gonna be the first [expletive] casualty.”

In the tweet, Swalwell wrote: “I’m not afraid of this guy. I’m not afraid of the NRA I’m not afraid. No fear.”

Swalwell was one of the backers of a House bill to require universal background checks on gun purchases. He also backed a bill he said would make it tougher for domestic abusers to get their hands on guns.

According to Politico, Swalwell is ready to run for the presidency, having been overheard at a fundraiser last week saying “Don’t tell anybody, but I’m announcing in two weeks.”

Source: NewsMax America

The National Rifle Association is gearing up to prevent Congress from reauthorizing the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, The New York Times reported Monday.

The NRA opposes the reauthorization bill, which the House is scheduled to vote on this week, because it includes a new measure that seeks to curb sexual violence by expanding the ability of law enforcement to take away guns from domestic abusers. The proposal does so by closing the “boyfriend loophole” and barring those convicted of abusing, assaulting, or stalking a dating partner or those subject to a court restraining order from purchasing or owning guns.

NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker told The New York Times the new provision is “too broad and ripe for abuse,” because “the behavior that would qualify as a stalking offense is often not violent or threatening; it involves no personal contact whatsoever.”

The NRA also accuses Democrats of “playing politics” with the bill by putting in the “boyfriend” measure as a “poison pill,” so they can then say Republicans who vote against it are against protecting woman.

The NRA, however, faces a more challenging situation in Congress than before, as many freshman Democrats were elected on a promise to enact new gun restrictions by proudly campaigning against the association.

The new legislation is to a large extent a reaction to reports from such gun safety groups as Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, for example, that abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if he owns a gun.

Another study, according to the National Center for Victims of Crime,  shows three-quarters of all intimate partner murder victims were also victims of stalking by their partners.

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Source: NewsMax America

Australian senator Pauline Hanson talks with members of the media at a driving safety event in the northern Australian town of Townsville in Queensland
Australian senator Pauline Hanson talks with members of the media at a driving safety event in the northern Australian town of Townsville in Queensland, Australia, November 10, 2017. Picture taken November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Barrett

March 26, 2019

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s nationalist One Nation party allegedly sought millions of dollars from the U.S. gun lobby and discussed weakening the country’s strict gun control laws with the U.S. National Rifle Association (NRA), Al Jazeera reported.

Posing as the head of a fake Australian pro-gun lobby, Al Jazeera secretly filmed top officials from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation allegedly meeting NRA executives in Washington in 2018.

It also reported the One Nation officials discussing the possibility of raising A$20 million ($14.22 million) prior to a meeting with a U.S. gun lobby supporter.

Concerned about foreign influence in Australian politics, particularly from China, the government introduced laws banning foreign political donations in November last year. The One Nation meetings took place in September.

“Reports that senior One Nation officials courted foreign political donations from the U.S. gun lobby to influence our elections and undermine our gun laws that keep us safe are deeply concerning,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison Tweeted on Tuesday.

One Nation confirmed in a statement their two representatives attended the meetings, but there was no evidence in the Al Jazeera TV report, aired late on Monday, that a donation was made.

Calls and emails to the NRA headquarters in Virginia were not immediately returned.

Australia has some of the world’s strictest firearm laws, implemented after a lone gunman killed 35 people at Port Arthur on the island state of Tasmania in 1996.

Australia banned semi-automatic weapons, launched a firearm buy-back scheme after the massacre, and imposed strict licensing rules which require weapons to be locked up when not in use.

Al Jazeera said the report was three years in the making.

In the report, One Nation’s chief-of-staff James Ashby and Queensland state leader Steve Dickson can be seen allegedly telling NRA officials that with its help the party could win enough seats to gain the balance of power in Australia’s upper house of parliament.

“We get the balance of power, very simply that means that we have the testicles of the government in our hand at every given stage,” says Dickson. “Guns, in the scheme of things, are still going to be the be-all and end-all.”

In another meeting with a U.S. gun lobby supporter, Dickson says: “It’s going to get down to money at the end of the day. We can change the voting system in our country, the way people operate, if we’ve got the money to do it.”

Ashby confirmed One Nation had been invited to attend the meetings but he accused Al Jazeera of interfering in Australia’s looming national election, due in May.

“The matter has been referred to ASIO (the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) and the Australian Federal Police due to concerns of foreign interference into Australian politics in the lead-up to the imminent federal election,” Ashby said in the emailed statement.

The footage allegedly records an NRA lobbyist telling both Dickson and Ashby that it would benefit the U.S. pro-gun movement if Australia’s gun laws were relaxed.

“That helps us because the biggest argument we get from folks is, ‘Well look at Australia’,” he says.

The role of One Nation in promoting right-wing nationalism in Australia has come under the spotlight in recent days following the killing of 50 Muslims in New Zealand, allegedly by an Australian white supremacist.

Nationalists have struggled to gain a significant voting bloc in Australia’s parliament, although One Nation did wield considerable influence in the upper house between 2016 and 2018.

The party fractured last year with several resignations, but it is hoping to regroup at the coming national election, with its support base largely rural voters disillusioned with the major parties which they accuse of being city-focused.

(Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Michael Perry and Sam Holmes)

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., on Friday blasted the National Rifle Association after 49 people were killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“At 1st I thought of saying, “Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore. But I couldn’t say ‘imagine,’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted early Friday morning.

She wrote in a follow-up tweet: “(‘Thoughts and prayers’ is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to [New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda] Ardern, who I greatly admire.)”

“This is a time of great vulnerability for our communities,” the congresswoman said in another tweet. “We must come together, fight for each other, & stand up for neighbors. Isolation, dehumanizing stereotypes, hysterical conspiracy theories, & hatred ultimately lead to the anarchy of violence. We cannot stand for it.”

Source: NewsMax Politics

THE WAR IN AMERICA!!! Many of you are starting to recognize there is a “war” going on in our United States. We are in times never seen before in history. Our Democracy is being challenged and civil liberties are being taken from us! What used to be the Democratic party “No Longer” represents America… Facts […]


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