Shannon Watts is an anti-gun activist and spokeswoman for the non profit group Everytown for Gun Safety and Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. She’s tweeted out an article about how Colt Firearms is ending it’s 60 year production of its famed AR-15 line of sporting rifles.
Shannon has attributed Colt firearms ending production of the AR-15, to the “failing NRA” or the Trump Presidency, and her anti-gun followers are ecstatic about it.
There is only one problem. She clearly hasn’t read the article; or she has but she’s purposefully lying to feed to mob and spike a deflated football.
“Colt released a statement on Thursday to clarify the decision, which was made because the company simply isn’t selling enough of the rifles in the civilian marketplace to continue devoting the resources into it — a pattern that may be attributed to Colt rifles’ $1,000+ price tag and a market supplied with lower priced competitors. “American Military News – ” Colt is ending production of AR-15s” – 09/19/19
Colt has also released the full statement on it’s website.
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (September 19th, 2019) – There have been numerous articles recently published about Colt’s participation in the commercial rifle market. Some of these articles have incorrectly stated or implied that Colt is not committed to the consumer market. We want to assure you that Colt is committed to the Second Amendment, highly values its customers and continues to manufacture the world’s finest quality firearms for the consumer market.Colt.com Company Response to Questions about Colt Participation in Consumer Markets – 09/19/19
The fact of the matter is that over the last few years, the market for modern sporting rifles has experienced significant excess manufacturing capacity. Given this level of manufacturing capacity, we believe there is adequate supply for modern sporting rifles for the foreseeable future.
On the other hand, our warfighters and law enforcement personnel continue to demand Colt rifles and we are fortunate enough to have been awarded significant military and law enforcement contracts. Currently, these high-volume contracts are absorbing all of Colt’s manufacturing capacity for rifles. Colt’s commitment to the consumer markets, however, is unwavering. We continue to expand our network of dealers across the country and to supply them with expanding lines of the finest quality 1911s and revolvers.
At the end of the day, we believe it is good sense to follow consumer demand and to adjust as market dynamics change. Colt has been a stout supporter of the Second Amendment for over 180 years, remains so, and will continue to provide its customers with the finest quality firearms in the world.
Dennis Veilleux, President and Chief Executive Officer
This just confirms my first reaction when I heard the news as well. And that is, that Colt AR-15s are by far some of the most expensive to buy, in a market that’s absolutely saturated by hundreds of off brand AR-15s, that are, in some cases, over $1000+ cheaper.
You have to actually read the article, Ms. Watts.— vizz504 (@vizz504) September 19, 2019
Colt is exiting the market due to excess capacity.
Meaning there are so many AR-15s being produced Colt no longer wishes to continue to compete in the busy market.
This is misleading. Colt is ending production of AR-15s because there are so many competitors who are selling so many AR-15s at lower prices.— Barney (@barney1776) September 19, 2019
That's the funny bit all these people are cheering thinking there not gonna be any more ARs made, like 1000 other companies make them llolol— Cg9 (@The_CatGod) September 19, 2019
Also, Colt is not ruling out bringing back production if demand ramps back up. That could happen if a Democrat defeats Trump in 2020—the NRA will be screaming “They’re gonna take our guns!” again, just as they did when Obama was elected.— Carl “Breakfast With The Taliban” Maniscalco (@maniscalco_carl) September 19, 2019
What most people don't understand is that Colt's patent on the AR-15 expired in 1977. Today.. there are over 500 companies making this design in the USA. Colt dropping this rifle model is meaningless and has nothing to do with lack of public demand or any kind of backlash.— Ian Cox (@IanECox) September 19, 2019
I guess she didn't read the article. Just saw the headline and reacted.— Newshound (@NewsiesNeighbor) September 19, 2019
From the Colt Statement:
Some of these articles have incorrectly stated or implied that Colt is not committed to the consumer market. We want to assure you that Colt is committed to the Second Amendment.. https://t.co/YtFLKPHvls
Here are some of the tweets of people who also didn’t read the article and think this is a huge victory to the anti-gun agenda.
VICTORY!!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽— Just Nizzle (@Nalini4Clearent) September 19, 2019
But I’m confused, why when I’m being told it’s the most popular gun ever sold?
Yes, you are confused. It is the most popular rifle ever sold. Just not the Colt branded one.
When you are on the right side of history and there are just more and more signs of it! pic.twitter.com/ePJgRpwabQ— Now what (@sandyhfishy) September 19, 2019
Right side of history? I dunno about all that. Free markets work. When people try making profits based solely on brand recognition, it doesn’t last forever.
Just make sure their not making something extremely similar or ramped up, with a different name and a different marketing plan.— what is there to say (@beth_project8) September 19, 2019
You’re about 40 years too late on that request.
Please understand that this a direct result of Beto’s words and passion. This is why politicians need to be courageous and say what needs to be said.— Linda wants a leader (@linda_runner50) September 19, 2019
Actually it has nothing to do with it whatsoever, but whatever floats your boat.
FANTASTIC!— Kim mac (@kim10491) September 19, 2019
Yes it is actually! It means maybe Colt will stop selling overpriced crap. Their various .45 caliber 1911 style handguns still sell for well over $1000, when I can get a very nice quality off branded one for closer to $600.
I’ve never seen more propaganda on any issue in my life than I have when it comes to trying to ban firearms.
This stuff is so easy to debunk, and the facts are right there in the open for everyone to see. Yet the fear mongering is off the charts crazy with the lies and redefining things to fit political agendas.
People are absolutely terrified of being shot these days and it’s mostly because of mass media and fear mongering by politicians than anything else.
I’m not saying these incidents don’t happen; they absolutely do and they are tragic and horrible. But exploiting the facts behind the ones that do happen and conflating them with many other incidents that have nothing in common with them, is not going to solve whatever the problem may be. In fact it only makes it worse.
This bullshit is creating hysteria-mobs and people who are being conned into thinking that this magical “assault weapon” is somehow different than most guns. That there is a special power that these weapons posses and we need to ban those specific guns, whatever they are, to solve the problem.
But it’s just not true. If banning something were to actually solve the problem, then you would need to pretty much ban all guns in existence. But that only disarms all of the law abiding citizens and would not stop bad people from breaking the law to achieve whatever their goal was.
How many “good guys” accidentally walked into walmart and shot it up murdering people? Oh that’s right none of them. But lets ban the guns anyway?
The biggest scapegoat of them is the AR-15. A rifle that has never seen combat; which is functionally identical to all other semi automatic rifles; which is owned by over 20 million people and responsible for less deaths than any other weapon by such a large % that it’s statistically zero. 0.00017% to be exact.
Somehow we are going to solve the mass murder problem by banning the least used weapon and turning 20 million people into instant criminals?
I don’t think so.
Also there are several companies that make AR-15’s and they do sell well. Colt was the originator I believe, their patent expires. Their version cost 3x what you can get one from another maker.— mediocre time traveler (@TheOtaconDon) September 19, 2019