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Une chaîne de téléachat dédiée aux armes
D'habitude, sur les chaînes de téléachat, on trouve des bijoux scintillants, des aspirateurs quasi magiques ou des accessoires de gym qui vous promettent un corps de rêve sans effort. Désormais, vous pourrez aussi acheter une arme. Du moins si vous êtes Américain. Dès le 20 janvier, Gun TV va en effet proposer aux téléspectateurs toutes sortes d'armes à feu, ainsi que tout le matériel dont les personnes intéressées pourraient avoir besoin. Des experts seront sur le plateau afin de vanter les mérites de tel ou tel fusil ou revolver. Des démonstrations réalisées à l'extérieur seront également diffusées. Les téléspectateurs n'auront qu'à décrocher leur téléphone ou à commander en ligne pour faire leurs emplettes. Objectif: «répondre à un besoin» Obtenir son arme à feu ne sera toutefois pas aussi simple que de recevoir son aspirateur magique. L'acheteur devra se rendre chez un armurier, qui devra faire toutes les vérifications d’usage avant de vendre l'arme. Par ailleurs, la chaîne consacrera trois minutes par heure d'antenne à des messages de formation autour de la sécurité. L'annonce du lancement de Gun TV a créé la polémique aux Etats-Unis, d’autant plus qu’elle a été faite le lendemain de la ­fusillade de San Bernardino. Pas de quoi embêter l'une de ses fondatrices, qui a affirmé au «Guardian» que l'idée était de «répondre à un besoin, et non d'en créer un». Source : 20 Minutes -------------------------------- Gun TV home shopping channel aims to sell weapons to viewers : A new home shopping channel will launch in the US early in 2016. It will be called, simply, Gun TV. TV home shopping is synonymous with flashy jewelry, home décor and bargain accessories you never knew you needed. But Gun TV’s specialty will be exactly that: guns. It will also sell ammunition, accessories such as concealed-carry holsters and clothing, such as hunting jackets. Like established channels such as QVC and Home Shopping Network, Gun TV will feature personable experts explaining and demonstrating the channel’s wares. If viewers see a weapon at a price they like, they can just click online, or pick up the phone and dial a toll-free number. The principal difference between Gun TV and other home shopping channels is that a Gun TV viewer’s order will not be shipped directly to their home. According to Gun TV, regulations mean that once an order is placed, a gun wholesaler will dispatch the item to the customer’s nearest federally licensed gun retailer, where mandated background checks and paperwork will be completed. Why did my university allow a poker night with a gun giveaway? Kelly Kenoyer Read more According to a report by the Desert Sun newspaper, in California, the executives behind Gun TV insist that their channel aims simply to meet demand for gun ownership in America, rather than generate it. “We saw an opportunity in filling a need, not creating one,” Valerie Castle, one of the co-founders of the channel, told the Guardian. “The vast majority of people who own and use guns in this country, whether it’s home protection, recreation or hunting, are responsible. “I don’t really know that it’s going to put more guns on the streets.” Gun control advocates are skeptical. Laura Cutilletta, senior staff attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a thinktank based in San Francisco, said: “The thing that’s wrong with this is that it’s a very serious decision when you bring a gun into your home. “So many people are killed by guns every day in the US; we need to think long and hard about this. My gut reaction is that it’s the last thing we need.” Castle and her husband, Doug Bornstein, have spent long careers as consultants or executives in the television home shopping industry. They now plan to market “a broad range of the most in-demand products in the firearms market”, Castle said. The channel had been planned for launch in time for the 2015 post-Thanksgiving and pre-Christmas shopping bonanza. But a series of delays – about which Castle did not go into detail – have pushed the launch date to 20 January 2016. The channel will go live via national satellite and cable television providers. Gun TV will broadcast from 1am to 7am ET, seven nights a week, with the aim of building to 12 hours a day in the first year and soon after to 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Castle said. The channel’s logo shows a bullet whizzing through the words Gun TV, which are depicted in shining silver. The tagline: “Live shopping. Fully loaded.” “Our broadcast setting is going to demonstrate the products and we’re going to tell the backstory on the manufacturer, on the materials used to make these products, what kind of wood has gone into the making of the rifle, for example, how it feels to hold it,” Castle said. She also promised “stunning” sets. Gun TV will feature shooting demonstrations by former law enforcement personnel, former members of the military and sharpshooters with a profile among the fanbase, such as ex-Olympic marksmen and season winners of the reality TV show Top Shot, Castle said. Weapons cannot legally be fired inside the studios in California from where the channel will be presented, so they will be shown to the audience there in inactive form, supplemented by footage taken on exterior locations. Castle and Bornstein are based in California, near Palm Springs. Castle said the venture was being started with private funding, but declined to go into detail about investors or business targets. Gun TV’s holding corporation is based in Delaware and the couple have named the parent company of the channel the Social Responsibility Network. Castle repeatedly emphasised the channel’s aim to promote responsible gun ownership and use. Gun TV will present three minutes of safety education programming per hour. A promotional video on the channel’s website, guntv.tv, says it will “responsibly offer extraordinary access to purchase the most diverse representation of firearms in the world”. Castle said she grew up in a family of bear hunters near the Sierra Nevada in California, where the dangers of firearms, especially to children, were constantly emphasized, “and we never had an accident”. The video goes on to say: “The gun sales environment in America is fertile and the Gun TV 24-hour direct sales network is poised to capitalize on that opportunity”. Cutilletta, however, cited the 85 shooting deaths that happen every day in the US, adding up to more than 30,000 deaths a year, and said she did not believe Gun TV would only meet existing demand and not create a new market of first-time gun owners. “If you’re just flicking through the TV channels and you come across this, it could put the idea into your head of owning a gun,” she said. “They’re going to put guns in enticing settings. It will make them very appealing, and that’s a big concern for us – we believe it will increase demand and generate new customers.” Cutilletta did acknowledge that the project included a safety layer, in that the consumer would be obliged to pick the gun up from a licensed dealer. Castle said that if a customer tried to order a firearm that was not legal in his or her state, it would be flagged automatically to the sales staff and the customer would be redirected to an appropriate alternative product. Gun TV has signed up Sports South, a large and long-established gun wholesaler based in Shreveport, Louisiana, which supplies Walmart and gun shops across the country, to be its distributor. The channel’s promotional material puts forward as a positive the fact that the US has “the best-armed civilian population in the world with, on average, 89 firearms for every 100 residents, where four in 10 homes have a firearm”. Castle said she stayed “neutral” about the issue of guns being purchased for personal safety or home security, saying that was the “personal decision” of the individual. She denied that Gun TV would add to the number of guns in the hands of criminals and street gangs, or shootings involving children. “We are going to educate people about the importance of getting good training. I don’t weigh in politically on the gun control issue,” she said. Castle spoke to the Guardian before last week’s shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, which was followed by frustrated remarks from President Obama over the continued reluctance of Congress to tighten gun laws. Asked for her reaction and whether the launch of Gun TV would add to the proliferation of firearms across the US, many of which end up in the wrong hands, her only additional comment was: “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.” Home shopping channels in general specialise in offering viewers a sense of personal style, demonstrators in brightly decorated studios repeatedly touching and feeling the products they are marketing and speaking in a warm, intimate style about the advantages and different uses of each object. Such talk is interspersed with information about how many items have been sold that day, or that hour, and which items are about to sell out or go up in price if the consumer does not buy before a certain deadline. Castle summed up the appeal of such a world. “It’s just like having a personal shopper when you go to Nordstrom,” she said. “They are trained in what is going to suit you.” Source : The Guardian -------------------
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