First up, I don’t like mixing my cycling with politics. I cycle to escape the rest of the world and it’s problems – so this will be short and a one off. Here goes. I love guns. I even did a little sporting target shooting as a junior (not bad with a pistol, rubbish with a shotgun). I have also spent near a decade working in secondary schools. Arming teachers is one of the single most stupid ideas ever. Ever. If that’s the solution, then something else is fundamentally broken in the society we live in (something deeper than mere gun control).
Do we tool up our child care centre workers too? Hospitals? Shopping centres? Cafes? Hair salons? Public parks? Tennis clubs? Dog off leash areas? Just make everyone carry an AR-15 at all times? Where does it stop?
Road.cc recently published a list of cycling brands whose parent company supports the NRA, makes most of it’s profit from guns and also heavily lobbies the US government on relaxing gun laws. Should you boycott them? Well, that’s your moral decision and I won’t comment. Knowledge is power though, so you should at least know which brands they are.
Giro, Bell, Blackburn, CoPilot, Bolle and Camelbak are all owned by Vista Outdoor – one of the largest weapons and ammunition makers in the USA.
I live down the road from the site of Australia’s worst mass shooting ever, one that instigated change. It may have been a bit “knee jerk” at the time, but the gun law changes after the Port Arthur massacre have meant that guns are harder to come by (for law and non-law abiding citizens).
Can you still own a gun here? Yes. A semi-automatic assault rifle? No. Tough police checks and tight license control? Yes. Buy a gun at the supermarket? No. A similar massacre hasn’t happened again since.
Anyway, enough. That’s all I’m going to say on the matter. I’m off to turn the pedals for a bit and tune out from the rest of the world. Enjoy your weekend.