Speier: Youth Gun Education Programs Reminiscent of Old Tobacco Advertising


Rep. Jackie Speier (D., Calif.) said youth gun education programs promoted by some gun rights groups reminded her of past tobacco industry advertisements encouraging children to smoke Monday on MSNBC:

THOMAS ROBERTS: […] I want to start with this New York Times report that found some gun groups were seeking to, quote, “introduce children to high powered rifles and handguns while invoking the same rationale of those older, more traditional programs that firearms can teach life skills like responsibility, ethics, and citizenship.” I want to get both of your reactions. Congresswoman, I’ll start with you. What’s your reaction to this?

JACKIE SPEIER: I think it’s ironic that on the one hand they are doing research on how to attract children to guns, and yet want to prevent and have been successful in preventing the Congress and the CDC from researching gun violence prevention. So, it reminds me a lot of the “Joe Camel” commercials and the efforts to try and encourage kids to smoke.

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