NSSF Poll: Americans Would Rather CDC Spend Time and Resources on Disease and Viruses, Not 'Gun Violence' Studies
An overwhelming majority of Americans agree that the misuse of guns in violent crimes is a matter for the criminal justice system, not a public health issue. They also believe that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) should not spend resources on the study of "gun violence" but instead should concentrate on viruses and disease. These findings are among the results of a national scientific poll commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation 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 short-hand term "gun violence," is a public health issue. Now we have an answer and it is a resounding "No." Read the Townhall.com story.
- NSSF'S #GUNVOTE EFFORT AIRS RADIO ADS IN COLO., CONN. . . . The NSSF voter education and information initiative, #GUNVOTE, is on the radio airwaves on news-talk, sports and country music stations in Colorado and Connecticut to remind voters in these battleground states about the anti-industry and anti-Second Amendment political activities of the incumbent governors. Listen to the Colorado radio ad and the Connecticut radio ad. The second campaign 2014 #GUNVOTE YouTube video aimed at a national audience is also live and being promoted through social media channels, addressing the importance of the U.S. Senate races in determining the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court.
- NSSF MEMBER COMPANIES SPREAD #GUNVOTE MESSAGE . . . Advanced Technology International and Warne Scope Mounts are the latest NSSF member companies to join an impressive roster helping to spread the word about #GUNVOTE, NSSF's voter education and information initiative. These companies are displaying the #GUNVOTE button on their websites and other materials. We encourage all industry members to download the #GUNVOTE button and use it in print publications and on their website, blog and social media platforms. Other NSSF companies displaying the #GUNVOTE button are Browning, Colt's Manufacturing Co., Coonan Inc., Cor-Bon/Glaser LLC, FNH USA, Fobus Holsters, FrogLube, Glock, Hodgdon Powder Company, Hornady Manufacturing Co., North American Arms, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Remington Outdoor Company, SinterFire, Smith & Wesson Firearms, Sturm Ruger and Co., Taurus Holdings, Trulock Tool, Volquartsen Custom and Winchester Ammunition.
- ORDER YOUR #GUNVOTE STICKERS TODAY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST . . . Show that you intend to #GUNVOTE on Nov. 4. Display your very own #GUNVOTE sticker at your business or on your car or truck and let others know that you care about the Second Amendment and the lawful commerce in firearms. Buy a batch for you and your relatives and friends. Order your #Gunvote stickers here.
- THANK YOU TO OUR LATEST NSSF PAC CONTRIBUTORS
- President's Club ($5,000): Steve Hornady and George Kollitides
- Cabinet Club ($2,500 or more): No new contributors to report
- Capitol Club ($1,000 or more): Neil Davies and Lawrence Keane
- Caucus Club ($500 or more): Patrick Rothwell, Richard Sprague and John Trull
- Congressional Club ($250 or more): Bill Dunn, Craig Kelley, Bert Kiker and Ted Novin
- Industry Club (up to $249): Jeremy Smith
- CONGRESS SEEKS OPERATION CHOKE POINT STORIES . . . U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) is asking businesses affected by Operation Choke Point to come forward and to explain their story through a new email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, for businesses. The information provided will not be shared without consent. Through Operation Choke Point, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Department of Justice attempted to stop financial institutions from offering financial services to some regulated industries. This operation was first aimed at non-depository lenders but expanded to ammunition and firearms sales, among other things. "This platform was created so that if you own a business and have been affected by Operation Choke Point you can share your story so that I can continue to apply pressure to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies who are applying unnecessary pressure on you," Luetkemeyer said.
- NEW YORK TIMES FINDS WHAT IT WANTED TO FIND, DESPITE THE DATA . . . The New York Times recently ran an article that claimed a new FBI study shows a sharp increase in mass shootings since 2000. While the study itself explains that its focus was on "active shootings" and not "mass shootings," the New York Times was undeterred in what appears to be its ongoing quest to find data supportive of its editorial predisposition against Americans owning firearms. NSSF's Larry Keane explains.
For more Government Relations news, read NSSF's latest Government Relations Update.
- NEWEST NSSF SURVEY TRACKER AVAILABLE . . . The NSSF Survey Tracker is a monitoring service using an online panel of active hunters and target shooters. Sourced by Southwick Associates' online panel at HunterSurvey.com, each report features Market Snapshot - purchases made in the past two months, and Market Leaders - the top brands purchased in different retail categories. This edition posts Market Leaders for Targets and Game Calls as well as responses to consumer questions on hunting and shooting participation. NSSF members may view, in addition to this latest edition, historical survey trackers by logging on to nssf.org and clicking on "NSSF Industry Research" and then on "Survey Tracker."
- ATF Q&A . . . Here are a couple of the questions we've received on our members' only compliance hotline this week. The first question relates to the period a NICS check is valid for, while the second question relates to who can redeem a pawned firearm in the situation where the customer resides in the same state as the FFL and in the case where the customer resides in a different state. Do you know the answers?
- SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER ANNOUNCED FOR SHOT SHOW UNIVERSITY . . . NSSF is pleased to announce that renowned former U.S. Marine fighter pilot instructor Patrick "Lips" Houlahan will be the featured speaker for the closing session of this year's SHOT Show University (SSU). Now working as a senior consultant with strategic business training organization Afterburner, Inc., Houlahan brings a wealth of leadership and management expertise to the table, and his dynamic presentations keep audiences captivated. Read more on the NSSF Blog.
- CELERANT TECHNOLOGY SIGNS AS GOLD SPONSOR OF SSU . . . NSSF is pleased to announce that Celerant Technology Corp. has increased its commitment to the industry's retailers by becoming a Gold level sponsor of the 2015 SHOT Show University (SSU). A long-time supporter of SSU at the Bronze level, Celerant Technology is a leader in advanced retail management software, with a focus on solutions that meet individual business needs. View the full press release.
- DID YOU KNOW? . . . NSSF members receive a discounted price for SHOT Show State of the Industry tickets. Now is the time to jump on this great deal, while tickets are available for this enjoyable night of dining and entertainment, including this year's entertainer Jay Leno. Members can buy tickets for $115 each or $1,050 for a table, non-members pay full price at $135 each or $1,250 for a table. Click here to order tickets.
- REMINDER: UPDATE MEMBER INFO . . . NSSF urges its members to keep an updated member profile on nssf.org. This will ensure that you receive the latest information about NSSF benefits, including important reminders and updates, access to the members-only shopping cart and more. Log in to your NSSF account to update your information.
- WHERE TO SHOOT HIGHLIGHTS NSSF MEMBERS . . . Any range can list their contact information and location on wheretoshoot.org, the state-by-state shooting range directory. As an additional membership benefit, NSSF members appear at the top of the lists and in bold. Add your range today.
NSSF Industry Summit
- CALL FOR 2015 PRESENTATIONS . . . This is a reminder that presentation submissions for the 2015 NSSF Industry Summit break-out sessions are due by Nov. 4, 2014. The 2015 Industry Summit will be held on June 1-3, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia. View presentation topics, submit a presentation and find out more about the 2015 Industry Summit at nssf.org/industrysummit.
News of Note
- NSSF'S DOLNACK AMONG TOP CMOs ON SOCIAL MEDIA . . . Forbes.com recently reported on Infegy's top 50 most influential chief marketing officers on social media. Coming in at No. 27 on the list was NSSF Senior Vice President and CMO Chris Dolnack. Read more and see the full list on Forbes.com.
- 2015 SHOOTING INDUSTRY MASTERS HEADED TO CLAYTHORNE LODGE . . . FMG Publications has announced that the 2015 Shooting Industry Masters will be held July 24-25 at the Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kansas. Media Direct has been tapped as the 2015 Masters' event management agency. In its 13th year, the Masters has grown steadily and has hit new milestones from the preceding years. The overall purpose of the event is to raise money for NSSF's First Shots program and other organizations that are focused on growing and enhancing the shooting sports. Team registration will be available Nov. 1. Learn more here.
- NASGW OFFERS NEW ANNUAL MEETING AND EXPO MOBILE APP . . . A new mobile app is now available from the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers in connection with the association's 41st Annual Meeting and Expo to be held at the Marriott Hotel and the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Expo is scheduled for Oct. 15-17, 2014 at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock. Find out more.
- FIREARMS INDUSTRY JOBS . . . Visit nssf.org/jobs for current employment opportunities in the shooting, hunting and outdoor industry. Employers: Log in to post a job opening.
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