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Fri Dec 21, 2012, 12:09 PM

20. Gun Industry = Big Tobacco

the NRA like Big Tobacco associations for YEARS claimed their product was safe and healthy and promoted a high quality of life when they knew all along it was the cause of numerous problems. Freely available guns end up killing innocents just as massive marketing and sale of cigarettes did.

The allure of a gun is no less addicting to some people than cigarettes are. I will let the irony of the statements speak for themselves.


------------------Big Tobacco in the Waxman hearings--------------------------

MR. CAMPBELL (President of Philip Morris U.S.A.).
I believe nicotine is not addictive, yes.

MR. JAMES JOHNSTON (Chairman and CEO of RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company). Mr. Congressman, cigarettes and nicotine clearly do not meet the classic definition of addiction. There is no intoxication.

MR. WYDEN. WeŽll take that as a "no." Again, time is short. I think that each of you believe that nicotine is not addictive. We would just like to have this for the record.

MR. TADDEO (President of U.S. Tobacco).
I donŽt believe that nicotine or our products are addictive.

MR. TISCH (Chairman and CEO of Lorillard Tobacco Company).
I believe that nicotine is not addictive.

MR. HORRIGAN (Chairman and CEO of Liggett Group).
I believe that nicotine is not addictive.

MR. SANDEFUR (Chairman and CEO of Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company).
I believe that nicotine is not addictive.

------------------------NRA and Gun Activists-----------------------------------

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,"

"The truth is that our society is populated by an unknown number of genuine monsters -- people so deranged, so evil, so possessed by voices and driven by demons that no sane person can possibly ever comprehend them. They walk among us every day. And does anybody really believe that the next Adam Lanza isn't planning his attack on a school he's already identified at this very moment?"

"You shoot the attacker and stop the attack," he said. "It stops people from getting killed."

"Lock up an AR-15 (rifle) or something in their principal's office so if something breaks loose they can get the weapon out of the safe and defend children,"

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