MEC must immediately stop selling products made by guns manufacturer Vista Outdoor!
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As members of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), we call on MEC to immediately stop the sale of all Vista Outdoor brands. This Utah-based corporation is the owner of Savage Arms, one of the leading producers of semi-automatic weapons in the United States.
Vista Outdoor brands for sale at MEC include: CamelBak, Giro, Bushnell, Bollé, Camp Chef, and Jimmy Styks.
Vista, through its myriad of other gun and ammunition producing companies, derives about 40% of its yearly profits from the sale of weapons. Vista Outdoor is also heavily enmeshed with the gun lobby, with deep financial ties to the National Rifle Association (NRA).
In its 40+ year history as a democratically owned business, MEC has made it their mission to demonstrate ethical business practices. Through principles of fair trade and ethical sourcing, MEC has lead by example, and sought to inspire other organizations to be socially and environmentally responsible.
Given the recent massacre of high school students in Parkland, Florida, MEC is facing an urgent ethical obligation: to act in accordance with its 'Mission and Values' and immediately stop selling brands owned by Vista Outdoor, a corporation whose profits are derived from the production of assault weapons capable of mass murder.
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