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!