Gawker: Gun Company CEO’s Are To Blame

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The website Gawker has a long and distinguished history of writing some pretty stupid things. Writer Drew Magary’s lengthy screed today attacking firearm manufacturers and the people who run them is a prime example. He collectively refers to gun manufacturers as “Big Gun” and says it’s time we start making their CEO’s “part of the conversation.”

Ron Cohen is the CEO of Sig Sauer, the company that produced one of the guns that was used in Friday’s Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre. You have probably never heard of Ron Cohen before. I know I never have. I tried to find a decent picture of him this weekend, but I came up empty. He may as well not exist.

In the wake of the shootings, Cohen’s name has appeared in a grand total of one Google alert.This is by design. You aren’t supposed to know anything about Ron Cohen or about Sig Sauer. Every time a tragedy happens and you, Mr. Gun Control Advocate, decide to lash out at the NRA, or at “our national obsession with guns,” or at the classic straw man hunter who needs a 50-bullet clip just to chase down a squirrel, you’re doing Ron Cohen, Sig Sauer, and everyone else at Big Gun a huge favor.

One of the amazing things about the gun control debate in America is the remarkable success with which gun manufacturers—Sig Sauer, Glock, Smith & Wesson, Ruger, The Freedom Group (yes, it’s called the fucking Freedom Group)—have been able to avoid the conversation altogether. When you think of Glock, you think of a gun, and not of the company behind it.

Magary’s absurd argument is that we should somehow hold Sig CEO Ron Cohen personally responsible for one of his guns being used at Sandy Hook. He must pay the price for a kid stealing his mother’s legally purchased Sig firearm and going on a killing spree? That’s about the dumbest argument I’ve heard thus far in the wake of this tragedy.

Using that logic I guess we need to hold Anheuser-Busch President, Luiz Fernando Edmond, personally responsible for each and every alcohol related traffic death that occurs in this country. When a person gets blind drunk on Budweiser at a football game, gets behind the wheel, and kills a family of four — Luiz Fernando Edmond is to blame.

What about all the people who die from overdosing on prescription medication? Should we hold the CEO of Roche USA responsible when people eat too many Valium and wash them down with a bottle of booze? Maybe we should hold the CEO of both pill and liquor companies accountable, no?

What happened at Sandy Hook is beyond tragic. It’s about the worst thing imaginable. But the real issue is mental illness not guns. Maybe we should be holding a few doctors responsible for what happened.