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Our second story, OUTFRONT, guns and big money. A new report out today is looking at the financial toll that President Obama’s proposals on gun control would have on the biggest gun makers in the United States.
Our Tom Foreman is OUTFRONT, looking at these numbers, and these are some pretty incredible numbers. Tom, I want to first start off with the Bushmaster, the gun used in Newtown that’s gotten so much attention, made by a company called the Freedom Group.
Yeah. This is hugely, hugely popular, the Bushmaster AR-15. You know what we know about The Freedom Group. The Freedom Group was put together by a private equity company called Cerberus. They’ve announced by the way since that they were getting ready to sell this, precisely because of all this trouble over this.
Bushmaster itself was founded in 1973, annual revenue, $775 million. The impact from the proposed legislation, if they essentially lose the sale of that very popular gun out there, about $220 million. They currently employ around 3,000 people. They’d probably lose about 700 jobs, Erin.
Wow, a third of their business.
Yeah, that’s based upon Privco guys to say.
A huge number. All right, Mossberg & Sons, another privately owned gun manufacturer, a name many may not know, but obviously a big gun maker. What are they making? How much…
Yeah, if you’re a gun owner, you know Mossberg. It’s a huge, huge name out there. It looks very similar off the top and it’s another popular weapon out here. This is Mossberg’s big seller in this regard.
But look at this, Mossberg & Son’s founded 1990, one of the old companies, annual revenue, $185 million, impact from the proposed legislation, $28 million. So they would go from around 500 employees. They would end up losing about 120, 125 employees. Again, that Privco’s assessment of what’s happening with these companies, Erin.
Wow – and now Colt, a name known to almost everyone, how significant for that, one of the biggest companies out there?
Yeah, this one of the very, very old classic companies you’ve heard about. They also have guns, but again, anybody would recognize as falling in the category of what we call an assault weapon. Here’s what would happen with Colt.
Colt was founded in 1836, long, long time ago. Annual revenue is $122 million. This is small compared to the other two. The impact from the proposed legislation, about $60 million lost. If they lose that business, again, from Privco’s assessment, and that would take them from around 120, 130 employees, they would lose about half of those, Erin.
All right, thank you very much. It goes to show, there are costs to some of these decisions, especially when Tom put that in the context of what would be a lot of jobs.
And as lawmakers debate strengthening gun laws in this country, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said something yesterday that, well, really caught our attention. And he said we’re ignoring a major part of the problem, violent video games. Here he is.
There are too many video games that celebrate the mass killing of innocent people, games that despite attempts at industry self- regulation, find their way into the hands of children.
That position mirrors the NRA’s. And according to open secrets, the NRA has donated more than $28,000 to the senator since 1992. Now, we invited Senator Grassley to come OUTFRONT, but so far, he’s declined. There’s the saying that guns don’t kill people, video games do. Senator Grassley implies they make kids more violent. Does it add up? William Pollack is a psychologist and author of Real Boys Rescuing Our Sons From The Myths of Boyhood.
Sir, I really appreciate your taking the time. Let me ask the point-blank question. It is – a lot of people out there now. This is accepted as a fact, that all these violent games, and by the way, they are horrifically violent, is why we are seeing this seeming explosion in mass shootings. True?
No, not true. I mean, I agree with the senator. We should put some controls on those violent video games, but they don’t cause the shootings, anything more than one item does.
But, when you have assault weapons and multiple magazine weapons, when someone goes in to shoot someone, they don’t shoot one person. They shoot 20, 30, or 40 in a matter of seconds. And there’s no need in the United States of America for someone to have recreational assault weapons.
I had the honor to be a collaborator and a principal investigator with the U.S. Secret Service on the one (extance) (ph) study of school shooters. Now, this is targeted violence. These – I don’t know if Adam Lanza purposefully went into the school to get someone. These were kids who went to the school because they hated school and hated people.
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They were homicidal, they were suicidal. Many of them were able to get weapons from other family members. They were able to break into the locked case, and many of these weapons caused multiple damage.
Now, would I say, if we do away with those weapons, will end school shooting? No. I’d be a quack if I said that, but with the number of people killed be diminished, absolutely.
Alright, but it’s interesting that you say that video games aren’t – I mean, because people have talked about Adam Lanza, reportedly, a game Aficionado and Senator Grassley did, just in the past, literally couple of moments, sir, send in a statement.
I wanted to read you something that he said. He said, look, this is about much more than gun violence, but then he brings up this. He says, it shouldn’t be acceptable to any of us, including in Hollywood and in video games, where mass killings seem to be glorified.
The Norway mass killer wrote in his manifesto that he trained for his shooting spree that killed 77 people by playing video games. That is a pretty damning statement and that man did say that he trained on a video game.
I have no doubt about it. I agree with Senator Grassley. We need controls over violence in our media and in our video games, especially for younger children. But that alone isn’t the answer.
Isn’t causing the violence?
We need those controls…
Yeah. But what about – let me just ask you a question about Grand Theft Auto. I mean there are probably some viewers out there who play this all the time. This turns, when you kill people, you win points, right?
For example, you kill a prostitute, and that’s a big thing, you get to win points. (Right) I mean you know, I find that offensive and disgusting, but does that mean that those people who play that game are more likely to kill people?
No. It’s heinous. It’s more than disgusting, it’s heinous, and it’s possible that boys who watch that for a long period of time might stand back when fighting occurs and not protect someone or engage in domestic violence. But there’s no proof they’re going to go out, get a gun, and shoot someone. Absolutely no proof at all.
All right, well, thank you very much. We appreciate your taking the time and, you know, giving some provocative answers there.
Still to come, new developments in the story we brought you yesterday. How Senator Bob Menendez is responding to the accusations he was with prostitutes.
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