Guns Marketed Directly to Kids!
by John Lawrence
Officials identified the single-shot rifle as a Crickett, which is produced by Keystone Sporting Arms in Pennsylvania. This is a gun designed specifically for children four to ten years old and comes in hot pink for girls and a variety of other colors including a red, white and blue swirl. These guns are directly marketed to kids just like Happy Meals or Barbie dolls.
The website www.cricket.com has been taken down and they’re not answering their phones.
The mother said in a TV interview that her daughter was in a “better place.” Really? How does she know what place her daughter is in? She might be in a worse place or no place at all. What’s the sense in having children if, when they are killed, we can all rejoice that they are in a ‘better place.’ No, the mother should be charged with reckless endangerment of a child for letting her five year old play with a loaded gun.
And it was an accident. Really? How do we know that? Maybe the five year old was pissed at the two year old and was just waiting for the mother to step outside to pour grease out of a frying pan in order to off his sibling.
But these “accidents” are passed off as the price we have to pay for keeping up our “heritage.” It’s worth it, these gun nuts say, because after all, even if some children are killed, they will go to a better place. Awww, we can all have a good cry, but please don’t suggest there’s something wrong with letting children play with loaded guns.
Bob Ceska at the Daily Banter wrote in an article A Gun Designed Specifically for Kids: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?:
“We’re not talking about a B-B gun here, which more than a few kids have owned in spite of the potential to, you know, shoot your eye out. The Crickett is an actual rifle that fires actual .22 caliber rounds. Just to give you a point of reference in case you’re not familiar with what a .22 caliber round is capable of: Bobby Kennedy was assassinated by a gunman firing a .22 caliber bullet. Ronald Reagan and James Brady, along with a Secret Service Agent and a police officer, were also shot by .22 caliber bullets fired by assassin John Hinckley. Brady, for his part, nearly died from his head wound and never walked again. So yeah, the Crickett [is] considerably more powerful than a B-B gun. Why? I have no blessed idea. But somewhere there’s a board room full of sociopaths, not to mention parents, who honestly believe that children need to be packing deadly fire power.”
And now a cute little two year old is dead- but not due to negligence on the mother’s part, mind you.
Guns are part of our heritage and Cricket wants to put a gun in every four year old’s hands. We have to get them acclimated to the American way of life, don’t you know. Then when they’ve graduated from high school and there’s no jobs available, they’ll be ready for the military where jobs, health care and even college will be available to them, and all that early childhood training in how to handle a gun will really come in handy.
The gun culture in this country is out of control, thanks to the NRA which is just a shill for the gun manufacturers. Gun manufacturers’ profits are up, no doubt thanks to expanding the gun market to children who now clamor for a real gun for Christmas or their birthday since they are marketed directly to them.
Just think … the equivalent of a gun wielding Ronald MacDonald or a Mr. Rogers touting cute, cuddly .22 rifles made especially for you, kids, and in an assortment of vibrant colors. Pink trains for girls didn’t go over so well when Lionel introduced them, but pink guns? Something every girl wants along with gun toting Barbie!
The Pennsylvania-based maker of Crickett rifles, Keystone Sporting Arms, markets its guns with the slogan “My First Rifle.” Business is booming at KSA. In its first year (1996), it had four employees and produced 4,000 rifles; by 2008 it had greatly expanded its operations, with 70 employees and an output of 60,000 rifles a year.
The “kids corner” on the KSA website shows young children in various poses with guns some of which some parents might find disturbing. Guess that’s why they’ve taken down the website. And just remember … no matter how bad the economy gets, children have a right to own a gun. We parents will always find the money for that. They’re American citizens after all. They might have to forego a trip to the dentist, but that’s no big deal down in Kentucky.
Even though 90% of the American people want background checks, Republican Congressmen and women such as Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire vote against them.
In a townhall meeting she soberly explained that voting for background checks could lead to that most dreaded of government infringements on our liberty, a national registry. Quelle horreur! We can’t have that.
You mean like the database the IRS has of every taxpayer or the state has of registered motor vehicles? A national registry like this would be the end of the world. Every citizen at the Town Hall meeting backs down after that explanation as if we all collectively would never want to go there … to a national registry? It’s self-evident just like that the Creator endowed us with inalienable rights such as the right to own a gun … regardless of age! No one would question that, would they?
Tell all this bullshit to the Newtown parents and all the other parents who have lost children to senseless gun violence and the promotion thereof. Are they comforted by the fact that their children are in a ‘better place’ and does this make for an equivalency with saving and glorying in our gun shooting heritage?
Is our heritage more important than one child? Obviously, the NRA and all the gun promoting Republicans vote ‘Yes’ to that.
From Mother Jones:
“… the Crickett Firearms website was shut down, and it remains unavailable. This morning I called Keystone Sporting Arms and was referred to attorney John Renzulli, who spoke on behalf of the company: He said that the Crickett Firearms site had been “inundated and corrupted” by a surge of visitors and had been shut down by the hosting service. “We’re working hard with the host to get the site up again,” he said, though he declined to specify when it would be restored. (It’s an intriguing explanation given that Crickett’s accounts on Facebook and Twitter have also since disappeared.)
“Renzulli acknowledged that the accidental death of the two-year-old girl in Kentucky had stirred strong emotions, but said that it was not an appropriate time to continue the debate about gun control. “This is not about Crickett Firearms [Ed. note: Yes, it really is.],” he said. “We need to respect the privacy of these people, this family is going through a lot. We’re not going to analyze and evaluate what happened here until a full investigation has been conducted by law enforcement. At that point we’ll comment.”