2nd Letter to Ruger CEO on Israeli Use of Ruger Guns

Middle East Crisis Committee
P.O. Box 3626
Woodbridge, CT 06525

Chris Killoy
Sturm Ruger and Co., Inc.
Lacey Place
Southport, CT 06890
Fax: 203-256-3367
March 31, 2018

Dear CEO Killoy:

Your "Tell the CEO" page still is not able to accept posts. I wrote to you on March 11 via the "Contact" page. I asked whoever ran that page to forward the message to you. It was too long for the message box so I sent this link. I did not receive a reply.

Things have grown worse in Palestine/Israel. Yesterday 3/30 the Israelis responded to demonstrations in the Gaza Strip by killing16 Palestinians. One was shot by a tank. The other 15 most likely were shot by snipers. There was an article in the Israeli paper Haaretz yesterday that said "758 were wounded from live fire", an incredible number. From what we understand these people were demonstrating against intolerable conditions in the Gaza Strip. There were all fenced-in as the Gaza Strip is entirely surrounded by fences, barriers and walls.

Are your rifles being used for "crowd control" in the Gaza Strip and other parts of Palestine/Israel? The Israeli practice of shooting at unarmed "leaders" of demonstrations is criminal. I call you attention to the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court (see below). Have you considered that your weapons may be being used in "crimes against humanity"?

Our committee, founded in 1982 in New Haven, calls on you to immediately suspend all arms sales to Israel and to make a full investigation into how the Israeli Defense Force is using Ruger weapons and to publish its findings forthwith. You can reach me at mail@thestruggle.org or 203-934-2761.

Stanley Heller
Executive Director
Middle East Crisis Committee (CT)

Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court
Article 7
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:
a. Murder;
b. Extermination;
c. Enslavement;
d. Deportation or forcible transfer of population;
e. Imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty in violation of fundamental rules of international law;
f. Torture;
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;

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