The Sturm Ruger & Company on 1 Lacey Place in Southport presumably pays its taxes and perhaps provides some money to Fairfield community organizations. However, it’s a company that sells deadly weapons to a serial human rights violator, one that has equipped forces to use the “Ruger” as a means of crowd control. This has resulted in numerous deaths and serious injuries. This has been brought to the attention of the company, but apparently it doesn’t care.
The serial human rights violator is the State of Israel. The list of Palestinian victims that can be found just by Google searches is a long one. You’ll find the names of youths who are killed or who have lost an eye or who were shot in the knee or the names of men just trying to work in Israel. The IDF uses the Ruger routinely to break up demonstrations, terming them all “riots”. The IDF targets what it calls “inciters” at demonstrations. Most people would call these people “leaders”.
Apparently Rugers have been sold to Israel since the late 1980’s. In 2005 after a number of Palestinians were killed by bullets from Rugers the Judge Advocate General of Israel ruled that the Ruger should be considered a “live weapon” and not a “non-lethal one”. It’s not clear if this ruling was communicated to the troops. At any rate by 2014 it was obvious to the Israeli human rights group B’tselem that Ruger were freely being used against demonstrations. In one 17-month period Israel spent the equivalent of $400,000 to buy “Ruger bullets”.
In 2018 the Middle East Crisis Committee (CT) wrote several letters to Ruger chief executive Chris Killoy. He was asked to explain how many weapons Ruger was selling Israel and if Ruger paid attention to the deaths and injuries among Palestinians the rifle was inflicting. It was mentioned that the Israeli practice of shooting unarmed leaders of demonstrations seemed to be a violation of the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court. Killoy was asked, “Have you considered that your weapons may be being used in ‘crimes against humanity’?”
There has never been an answer to any of the letters.
Town of Fairfield you get taxes from this company you have obligation to make sure it isn't "blood money".
We call on the Fairfield Board of Selectmen to:
1. Write to Sturm Ruger and ask them to account for the type and amount of weapons and bullets it has shipped to Israel.
2. Ask the U.S. State Department for a copy of the contracts it has approved for Ruger sales to Israel.
3. Ask what Sturm Ruger does to monitor that its weapons are not used recklessly by Israel.
4. Call for the company to suspend deliveries to Israel and to announce it will no longer sell those weapons or bullets to Israel.
Fairfield operates under a Representative Town Meeting (RTM) form of government. The city is run by three Selectmen. Brenda L. Kupchick is First Selectwoman
Here’s how to contact the Selectmen by email to talk to them about Ruger
You can also call her phone number: 203-256-3030
This is the general email for the Board of Selectmen
The other two members of the Board are Thomas M. Flynn and Nancy E. Lefkowitz
Obviously city leaders are more interested in the opinion of people who live in the city, but anyone can try to reach their moral conscience and the Selectman don’t want the city to get a bad name.
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Contacting the Sturm Ruger company
You can send a short message to CEO Chris Killoy here:
Tell the CEO (ruger.com) [As of late March 2021 the link has been suspended] !
You can send a fax to the company 203-256-3367 (for free at faxzero.com)
At the very bottom of this page you can send the Ruger company a message
This link gets you to see the names and pictures of the Ruger Board of Directors
(See Target Compensation Table)
"the Company will continue to be run in a highly ethical manner, which best serves the interests of our shareholders, our employees, and of course, our loyal customers." Source
Crimes Against Humanity
1. For the purpose of this Statute, 'crime against humanity' means any of the following acts when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack directed against any civilian population, with knowledge of the attack:
d. Deportation or forcible transfer of population;
e. Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;
g. Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;
h. Persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on political, racial, national, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender as defined in paragraph 3, or other grounds that are universally recognized as impermissible under international law, in connection with any act referred to in this paragraph or any crime within the jurisdiction of the Court;
i. Enforced disappearance of persons;
j. The crime of apartheid;
k. Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.
2. For the purpose of paragraph 1:
a. 'Attack directed against any civilian population' means a course of conduct involving the multiple commission of acts referred to in paragraph 1 against any civilian population, pursuant to or in furtherance of a State or organizational policy to commit such attack;
(emphasis above added by this site)
We recommend Sturm Ruger consult with an attorney familiar with international law to see if felony-murder could be charged against officers of a company that knowingly supplied weapons to a notorious human rights violator who used them repeatedly to kill protesters or by-standers.