Pistol Used in Manchester
Mass Shooting Part of “Handgun of the Year” Award Winning SR9 Product
CT-Based Sturm, Ruger, Pistol Designed for Concealed Carry Exemplifies
How Gun Industry Innovates for Lethality
Ruger SR9 pistol used by Omar Thornton earlier this week in the mass murder
of eight of his co-workers at a Manchester, CT, beer distributor is a
prime example of the high-capacity, compact pistols specifically designed
for concealed carry currently being aggressively marketed by U.S. handgun
manufacturers. During a chilling 911 call (http://www.courant.com/community/manchester/hc-omar-thornton-911-call-police-connecticut-shooting-audio,0,3586755.mp3file),
Thornton describes the handgun he used as a Sturm, Ruger SR9 pistol equipped
with a high-capacity ammunition magazine. He told the 911 operator that
pistols were his “favorites.” Sturm, Ruger is based in Southport, CT.
In its 2010 catalog,
Sturm, Ruger describes the SR9 as a “reliable partner” that is “perfectly
sized to be comfortable and controllable with a slim, ergonomic grip....The
SR9 packs all of the features required by today’s most demanding shooters....”
announced in late July 2010 that the SR9c, the most compact version of
the SR9, had been named the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence “Handgun
of the Year.”
In a July 29, 2010,
conference call on its second quarter earnings, Sturm, Ruger President
and CEO Mike Fifer told analysts, “Well, I think the hardest gun to get
in America right now is our SR9 compact. And this is a gun that just won
the Handgun of the Year....So there's nothing like new products to generate
Violence Policy Center
Legislative Director Kristen Rand states, “The Ruger SR9 is the classic
example of how the gun industry innovates to enhance lethality. Right
now, high-capacity pistols and assault weapons--the guns most often used
in mass shootings--are the bread and butter of America’s gun industry.
It is time to start holding this industry accountable. Today the gun industry
is the only manufacturer of a consumer product not subject to federal
health and safety regulation.”
It also appears from
news reports that Thornton may have been licensed to carry a handgun.
If it is confirmed that Thornton was licensed to carry a handgun, this
week's shooting will be at least the 17th mass shooting committed by a
concealed handgun permit holder since May 2007.
ammunition magazine Thornton said he used during the shooting was illegal
to manufacture during the 10 years the federal assault weapons ban, which
expired in 2004, was in effect. Although Connecticut has a state-level
assault weapons ban modeled on the expired federal ban, the state does
not ban high-capacity magazines.
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