Call for An Investigation of Sturm, Ruger & Co. Sniper Rifle Sales
The Middle East Crisis sent this letter to CT Senator Chris Murphy. Tailor it to your local federal and CT state officials.
June 14, 2018
Dear Senator Murphy:
We call on you to speak out and help organize an investigation into the use of Sturm Ruger rifles in likely violations of international law. The company’s headquarters are in Southport, CT. Numerous pages on gun-fan websites talk about Ruger sniper rifles being used by the Israeli military. Some say that the Israelis use the rifles shoot people for reasons of “crowd control”. Our Executive Director wrote about Ruger rifles recently in the New Haven Register.
I’m sure you’ve read about the thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip shot by live ammunition by Israeli forces since March 30. Probably many of those shot were injured by bullets shot from Rugers. Israeli forces are shooting basically unarmed people demonstrating against siege like conditions and trying to breach the fences that imprison them. These shootings are not in self-defense. Clearly marked reporters and medical personnel have been shot. A female medic was shot to death on June 2.
UN human rights experts have said Israeli security forces appeared to be in breach of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966), The Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials (1990) and the prohibitions in the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949
We ask that you:
1. Contact the Sturm Ruger company and ask them what they’re selling to the Israeli government.
2. Ask if they are monitoring the use of the guns sold to Israel, and for copies of internal reports on such monitoring. Ask if they have complained about the use of their weapons in any of the shootings in Gaza.
3. Explain to Sturm, Ruger that their sales may be in violation of international law.
4. Join with others in Congress to hold formal investigations into Sturm, Ruger’s conduct and if you find grounds for suspicion that laws have been violated to inform state and federal prosecutors.
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