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Feb 21, 2018 15 tweets 10 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
Bicycling friends: Did you know that @Giro, Bell, @CamelBak, Copilot and a few other bike gear brands that you may enjoy are owned by @VistaOutdoorInc, America's largest manufacturer of ammunition? vistaoutdoor.com/brands
That's right! The same company that manufactures your CoPilot rear-rack child bicycle safety seat also produces the @SavageArms MSR 15 Patrol assault rifle. savagearms.com/firearms/model…
Moreover, @VistaOutdoorInc is an avid supporter of the NRA and its company officials sit on the board of the NSSF, the quietly powerful gun industry lobbying group working on things like the loosening of state regulations for concealed carry permits. theatlantic.com/national/archi…
So, the same company that makes my favorite Giro bike helmet -- as it happens, the only helmet that fits on my oddly shaped Cro-Magnon skull -- is really bummed out that assault weapon sales are down since Obama left office. money.cnn.com/2017/11/09/new…
One of @VistaOutdoorInc's other brands, @FederalPremium Ammunition, is a major sponsor of NRA TV. Here are some "highlights" from that channel: mediamatters.org/networks-and-o…
So, to sum up: The corporate owner of some of your favorite bike brands -- Giro, @CamelBak, Bell Helmets, CoPilot -- makes most of its $ selling weapons and ammo and uses its profits to lobby for lax gun laws and to sponsor NRA garbage like this: mediamatters.org/video/2018/02/…
I pledge to stop purchasing bike gear brands owned by @VistaOutdoorInc until Vista stops selling military-grade weapons to the public. I'm boycotting @BellBikeHelmets, CoPilot, @CamelBak, @Bolle_Eyewear and, sadly, Giro, the maker of my favorite helmets. vistaoutdoor.com/brands
If you own @GiroCyclingUK, @BellBikeHelmets, @CamelBak or CoPilot bike products, it's worth going through the web sites of these @VistaOutdoorInc companies. Millett Tactical, for example, overtly markets its products for efficient killing.
Ammo maker CCI says: "Defend and honor the American birthright to bear arms with our 2nd Amendment promotion. Buy CCI® ammunition and get free gear, including a Grunt Style T-shirt and Armageddon Gear Ammo Bag."
Of course, this is all the normal/insane stuff you see when you leaf through a guns-and-ammo magazine in the airport. It's just jarring to me that when I bought @GiroCyclingUK, @BellBikeHelmets, @CamelBak and CoPilot products, I put money in the pockets of a domestic arms dealer.
Domestic arms dealer @VistaOutdoorInc also owns @Raskullz child bicycle helmets. My kids are too old for these products, otherwise I'd add raskullz.com to the list or bike gear brands I'm no longer buying.
cc: @BicycleLobby, obviously.
Hey, @PSteely @transalt... You guys might want to reconsider this Giro partnership. Bummer, I know. giro.com/us_en/category…
These Vista guys are literally the worst. motherjones.com/politics/2016/…
The good news is @VistaOutdoorInc's stock is in the toilet right now. That's why they're diversifying from domestic arms dealing into sporting goods. Boycotting Vista's bicycle brands could really hurt them. fool.com/investing/2018… #bikenyc

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Feb 26, 2018
OK, folks. I have a follow-up on @VistaOutdoorInc, the NRA-supporting, guns-and-ammo conglomerate that is buying up popular bicycling and outdoor brands like @GiroCyclingUK, CoPilot, @BellBikeHelmets, @CamelBak, @BlackburnDesign, @Bolle_Eyewear and @Raskullz. Thread... /1
This thread will be of particular interest to outdoor sports retail giant @REI, its members and anyone who values the #UnitedOutside advocacy work REI is doing to fight the private exploitation of America’s public lands washingtonpost.com/news/morning-m… /2
3. In addition to being America’s #1 ammunition marketer, a major supporter of the NRA and sponsor of NRA TV, Vista Outdoor (surprise!) also spends money on political campaigns via its Vista Outdoor SuperPAC. vistaoutdoor.com/investors-info…
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