The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has warned firearms retailers about a survey they may receive in the mail, from anti-gun activist Dr. Garen Wintemute of the University of California at Davis. A letter accompanying the survey, and signed by Wintemute, claimed that the purpose of this research is to better understand “the unique perspective of firearms licensees on important social issues and the firearms business itself.”
NSSF urged retailers to exercise “extreme caution” should they decide to fill out the survey. Wintemute, NSSF noted, has a long history of compiling anti-gun “research,” aimed at promoting more gun control.
As NSSF explained, “Dr. Wintemute, who serves as the director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis, is perhaps best known for authoring the anti-gun report Ring of Fire: The Handgun Makers of Southern California. More recently, Dr. Wintemute and his team conducted ‘undercover operations’ of gunshows for their report, Inside Gun Shows: What Goes on When Everyone Thinks Nobody is Watching.”
“Given Dr. Wintemute’s history, it is clear that this firearms retailer survey will be used as a tool to justify and support legislation to curb the lawful commerce of firearms and the individual rights of law-abiding Americans.”
Source: NSSF 6/18/11:
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About the Author: Brian McCombie is a freelance writer from central Wisconsin specializing in firearms and outdoor sports. His byline appears regularly in Gun Digest and other national magazines.
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