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Officials feared firearms would be used on U.S. soldiers

Published: Friday, Jan. 3 2014 6:15 p.m. MST

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Mcallen, TX


I'd rather see gun control in Pakistan than here.

Too bad BO does'nt see it this way.

Salt Lake City, UT

So it's morally wrong to sell arms to froeigners who might use them to harm U.S. troops who may be in their country without permission, but it's OK to sell them to U.S. citizens who might use them to harm other U.S. citizens within our own country. Got it. Selective morality.

Mcallen, TX


Our country gives billions in aid to Pakistan who than offers millions to a gun conpany in Utah.

What about the poor

Big Bubba
Herriman, UT

Great to hear this company pulled out. Now let's pull out our millions of dollars in foreign aid to Pakistan.

DN Subscriber 2

@ Curmudgeon:
"but it's OK to sell them to U.S. citizens who might use them to harm other U.S. citizens within our own country."

Really? Here are some facts:

1. You obviously do not understand that this maker is tightly controlled by BATFE and reams of federal and state regulations and inspections.
I hope you are not just arguing that law abiding U.S. citizens should not be allowed to have firearms.

2. Perhaps it has not been reported in the Deseret News, but a recent Quinnipiac University (hardly a NRA supporting outfit) concluded that gun control laws, gun bans, assault weapons bans and restrictive concealed weapons laws "may cause an increase in gun-related murders at the state level."

3. Today, Detroit's top cop formally encouraged law abiding citizen to carry legal self defense weapons, which he believes will LOWER Detroit's astronomical murder rate.

In any case, I applaud Desert Tech's decision and their willingness to sacrifice profit to protect American lives.

Phoenix, AZ

Who are they manufacturing arms for and who will pay for them. The USA, Brazil and Russia are arming the wold with arms enough to keep revolutions going for centuries.

Salt Lake City, UT

I commend the owners of this Company for their decision not to sell. I hope that karma brings them much more sales from law abiding US citizens. I'm surprised that Pakistan needs to shop for military weapons. Most aide that the US sends to foreign countries is in the form of weapons. It is great for the profits of the military industrial complex corporations. Not so great for the citizens of the countries that receive such aide.

Salt Lake City, UT

@DN Subscriber 2

Pakistan's murder rate is substantially higher than the United States'. So by your logic, the moral thing to do should be to flood Pakistan with guns to help them reduce their murder rate, and a collateral benefit would be that our troops over there would be a lot safer, if Pakistanis only had more guns. After all, as you astutely point out, more guns means fewer murders, right?

Billy Bob
Salt Lake City, UT

They made the right decision to not sell to Pakistan. They also make the right decision to sell to US citizens. If only the federal government would wisen up and stop giving weapons/aid dollars to countries where the weapons/money could end up going to those who would harm the USA.

Ladson, SC

I would hope I am speaking for true Americans, THANK YOU!

Kaysville, UT

War is hell and according to our Founding Fathers, a waste of resources. Thank you Desert Tech for taking a strong pro-American stance and sacrificing for the well-being of our soldiers, my son included. "Friendly fire" has a new look.

Ogden, UT


Great post. I saw a movie once where only the Police and Military had guns.

It was called Schindlers List. Lesson?

Cache, UT

I know where I am buying my next gun. I am glad that the Constitution gives me this right. I express gratitude to Desert Tactical and have already checked out their website.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia


In applauding this company for being ethical rather than being in business solely for to make money you know that you've suddenly plopped yourself way to the left of a lot of gay right activists and ACLU types who want wedding cake makers to keep their morality out of the public square.

On behalf of all commie pinko liberals, I extend a hand of welcome.

Lake Havasu City, AZ

I am apalled at the two replys I just read in regard to selling guns to Pakistan. If you are in my generation, you will realize that the decision by this company, really is for the safety of America. I don't approve of young people bying guns, or getting their hands on them, but that is not the problem of this or any gun manufacturer. It comes down to example of others, and lack of training from their parents. I agree there are far too many gun incidents in these days, but let's face it the big problem is lack of education on the part of American parents.

Hey It's Me
Salt Lake City, UT

At least someone has a brain and it's not all about business and money! Thank You for making a good choice amoung so many who would not have done the same. I would like to know who the other two gun makers are that he was competing against.

Salt Lake City, UT

Wait a minute - it's not like they _had_ been selected by Pakistan and decided to back out of a deal with them. They were merely a contender, one among several finalists, and they chose not to continue applying for the contract. Bully for them, but it's not like they walked away from a competitive request-for-bids that they'd already secured.

BTW, these are very expensive, large and heavy rifles and I'd be amazed if they're used either by criminals in the US or would become weapons of choice among terrorists or anti-US militia in Pakistan.

If you're worried about US or US allies-made products being used against our own troops, I'd pay more attention to ammunition.

Vince Ballard
South Ogden, UT

@Curmudgeon: What Pakistanis do to each other is one thing; what a paramilitary force might do to our troops is another. Apples and Orangs, a favorite ploy of gun haters.I think you should stop beating around the bush and tell us exactly what you want in terms of gun control?

Pleasant Grove, UT

Ogden, UT

"I saw a movie once where only the Police and Military had guns.
It was called Schindlers List. Lesson?"

And I recently saw a movie where everyone had guns. It was called "Captain Phillips". Your point?

Nies, MI

I am both gladdened and saddened at this story. Gladdened that they took this step, and that they allowed ethics to override their bottom line profit margin. Saddened because I fear they are the exception among corporate America. I would encourage more American companies to look very hard at who they are doing business with (including China in this) and think more about America's security, both militarily and economically.

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