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Military brass destruction update

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by wireguy, Mar 28, 2010.

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  1. wireguy

    wireguy TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Article says ATK has still been seeking to destroy military brass:

    Update: Military Brass Destruction and ATK
    March 27, 2010

    Having suffered a "Zumbo moment," corporate giant ATK now seeks to redeem its image after its aggressive run at destroying all used military brass. Even though ATK was actively soliciting military installations to join its brass destruction program as recently as last Wednesday, ATK said in a fresh press release on Friday, "ATK fully supports the provision passed by Congress last year to ensure that demilitarized spent brass casings remain available for civilian use."

    Industry and gun culture insiders report that ATK head Mark DeYoung is one of us, a gun owner and sportsman. Great. However, to refurbish its image and get beyond this "Zumbo moment," ATK will need to do more than simply post a statement announcing that it now fully supports a congressional ban enacted last year to forbid military brass destruction.

    Two suggestions for ATK:

    1) ATK could release a list of the military installations with which it has had Memoranda of Understanding to take and destroy fired brass, AND a list of the installations for which it has now canceled such MOUs; and

    2) ATK could identify those employees responsible for both hatching and approving the ATK-sponsored program to destroy military brass, the people who approved pitching this program to military installations with the argument that allowing brass to be sold to the public somehow fosters domestic terrorism. Having identified those responsible, ATK could reassign those personnel to a commission-only job of hauling excess Lake City ammunition around the U.S. and selling that ammo to the public at shooting ranges and gun shows.

    These two steps would go a long way towards reassuring the public that ATK is indeed a good corporate citizen, is actively complying with declared congressional intent and does not attempt to deamonize the ammo-buying public as domestic terrorists..

    Even if ATK is willing to go the extra mile to get beyond its "Zumbo moment," that will still leave a pervasive problem in the U.S. military of non-compliance with the congressional prohibition of brass destruction. That problem will still need to be addressed, probably with further congressional action.


    Gary Marbut, president
    Montana Shooting Sports Association
    author, Gun Laws of Montana
  2. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Deplorable Bitter Clinger in Liberal La La Land
    That's the same BS they've been emailing to everyone inquiring or complaining: <i>"ATK fully supports the provision passed by Congress last year to ensure that demilitarized spent brass casings remain available for civilian use."</i>

    Demilitarizing generally means destroying or rendering unfit for military use.

    Words mean things.
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