Gun company drops out of NRA convention:

The gun manufacturer that produced the AR-15-style assault rifle the Uvalde, Texas elementary school shooter used to kill 19 children and two teachers has shut down its social media accounts after being linked to the massacre. It has also reportedly dropped out of the National Rifle Association’s annual convention set to be held starting Friday in Houston. 

…The firearm Ramos used is reportedly made by Georgia-based gun manufacturer Daniel Defense, authorities and the company each confirmed. 

If the company confirmed then you can drop the “reportedly.”

The arms manufacturer states on its site, “At Daniel Defense, we celebrate the liberty of our country, the enthusiasm of our customers and employees, and the quality and accuracy of our products.”

That’s interesting, because the quality and accuracy of their products reduce the liberty of our country, as does the enthusiasm of their customers. A country that has way too many heavily armed lunatics running around can’t boast about its liberty. A country that refuses to do anything about that grotesque situation can’t boast about its liberty. Our liberty is at the sufferance of a lot of heavily armed fanatics.

On Wednesday, one of the company’s social media posts resurfaced from a week ago on May 16, the day Ramos turned 18. That week, he legally purchased two AR-15-style assault rifles, including the Daniel Defense DDM V7 rifle, according to the Washington Post. 

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it,” the post said, in reference to a Biblical proverb, followed by a prayer emoji. The post included a photo of a toddler sitting with an AR-15-style assault rifle on its lap. Daniel Defense also reportedly posted the same image and text on Instagram that day, which included the hashtag #childrenarethefuture.

Dayum. Good find. Train up a child in the way he should go, and that way is carrying a military assault rifle. The way she should go is presumably in terror of him. Virtue is a gun; goodness=murderous violence. It’s a very odd combination.

That’s marketing, of course. The goal is not to say anything true or morally useful, it’s to sell the product. The goal is to sell SUVs and cruises as the planet cooks, and mass-murder guns that can take out whole Targets or primary schools. Go team.

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