Would you buy stuff from a company that owns, or is owned by, a company that makes the kinds of guns that sometimes end up being used in massacres like the one that occurred recently at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida? Should you? Does patronizing the one imply support for the other? In the piece below, 3 ethicists weigh in.
LINK: Should Our Morals Determine Our Gear Purchases? (by Ariella Gintzler for Outside)
CamelBak, Camp Chef, Giro, Cébé, Bushnell, Raskullz, Bollé, and Jimmy Styks have seemingly little in common. CamelBak makes hydration products; Camp Chef makes stoves; Cébé, Giro, Raskullz, and Bollé make helmets and goggles; Bushnell makes optical equipment; Jimmy Styks makes watersports gear.
What they share is a parent company: Vista Outdoor. The Utah-based corporation owns a number of outdoor brands, across various sports, including hunting and fishing. And one of those brands, Savage Arms, happens to be one of the country’s leading producers of semi-automatic rifles. (A 2016 Mother Jones article identified Savage as one of the country’s 10 biggest gun manufacturers. According to its 2017 annual stockholders report, Vista Outdoor sales totaled more than $2.5 billion that year.)…
What do you think?