On May 10, the shareholders of a major American gun company took a modest step toward responsibly addressing the unacceptable levels of gun-related deaths and crime in our nation. Shareholders of Sturm, Ruger & Co. (Ruger) passed a resolution requiring the company to issue a report on its actions to mitigate harm associated with its products.
The resolution was drafted and introduced by leaders of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) — with the support of MetroIndustrial Areas Foundation (Metro IAF) — at the company's annual shareholders' meeting in Prescott, Arizona. Management asked its shareholders at the meeting to vote against it, but a team of religious and civic leaders from our groups who had purchased Sturm Ruger shares, were there urging a "yes" vote and seeking dialogue with Ruger CEO Christopher Killoy. And guess what, we won!
DuPage United leader, Rev. Mike Solberg was at this meeting and is quoted in this NPR story. There was also an oped in the New York Daily News related to this success.