THE SAUNA JOURMAr WASHINGTON SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2001 A3 • CIVIL RIGHTS Panel: Chop the Indian references Group says use of Indian sports names, mascots disrespectful By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - American Indian activists cheered a federal civil rights panel's call Friday for an end to Indian team names and mascots at non-Indian schools, colleges and universities. The recommendation by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights does not carry the weight of law, but activists saw it as an endorsement of their efforts. "This is a great day," said Charlene Teters, a member of the Spokane Nation. Her protests at the University of Illinois in the late 1980s and early 1990s helped spark a national debate over Indian sports names and mascots, even though <the university's team name is still the lUini, named for an old Midwest Indian confederation, and its mascot is still Chief lUiniwek. Teters and others said the commission statement could persuade schools to take another look at their Indian nicknames and mascots, giving opponents of the names legitimacy when they push for changes. "I think it's going to make a big difference," said Cyd Crue, president of the Illinois chap• ter of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media. "I realize it's not the end of stereotypes in sports, but I think it was really important that a federal commission get involved and make a statement to move our country toward ; more equality and social justice." At Florida State University, '. home of the Seminoles, school President Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte said he would review the statement and carefully consider its recommendations. He said, however, Seminole tribal leaders support the school's use of the tribe's name for its sports teams. "So far as we know, there is no sentiment among that leadership to urge FSU to change the name of its team," D'Alem berte said. The civil rights commission did not include professional sports teams in the statement. Approving the recommendation on a 5-2 vote, the group said Indian names and mascots could be viewed as "disrespectful and offensive" to Indian groups and can create "a racially hostile educational environment" that may be intimidating to Indian students. • GUN MARKET Sales bomb Production of handguns hits 30-year low By JEFF DONN The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The American handgun market has dropped off so steeply that some industry experts worry it may never fully recover. Observers and critics cite a number of factors for the decline, including tougher rules for purchasing handguns, the revulsion caused by workplace and school shootings, and the possibility that Americans already own all the guns they want. The handgun business is "a dying industry," declares Cameron Hopkins, editor-in- chief of American Handgun- ner magazine. "It seems to me like everything's wrong with the handgun industry" says Dave Tinker, founder of the Firearms Business newsletter. Combined production for domestic and overseas handgun sales tumbled by 52 percent between 1993 and 1999, according to an Associated Press analysis of the latest data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. And industry experts foresee more rough going in the future for .the country's 50 handgun manufacturers, many located in New England's Connecticut River Valley where firearms have been made since George Washington established his armory there during the Revolution. Handgun imports also are way down, ATF figures indicate. What happened? Among the possible factors: • The market may be saturated. Handguns aren't like cars that wear out in a few years or have built-in obsolescence. John Rosenthal, chairman of Stop Handgun Violence, says makers have "oversaturated the male market and failed in engaging women." Larry Flatley who runs specialty manufacturing for Smith & Wesson handguns, prefers to call it a "mature industry." • The number of licensed gun dealers has plummeted — 104,000 today, down from a peak of 284,000 in 1992. The decrease came after the ATF, hoping to eliminate smalltime dealers selling guns out of garages and basements, toughened certification requirements. • Stiffer rules for buyers. The Handgun Violence Pre- The handgun's heyday slips away Beset by lawsuits and bad publicity, the handgun industry and one of. its leaders, Smith & Wesson, have seen sales plummet in recent years. Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum Handguns produced for foreign and domestic saie, 1984 to 1999 3.0 million '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '93 '94 '95 '96 '97 '98 '99 NOTE: Most recent data available. Alternative merCliandising Excludes sales to the as. military. Smith & Wesson has embraced a strategy of brand-name merchandising to offset its faltering sales of handguns. Here are some items for sale in the company's online catalog that are not normally associated with firearms. Clothing Jacl<ets Blazers Caps and hats Fleece pullovers Plush bathrobes Socks and belts Youth Children's socks Children's T-shirts Camouflage romper Stuffed animals Toy trucks Toy plane Transportation Mountain bikes Bicycle helmet Car floor mats License plate frame Tire pressure gauge Tire covers iUliscellaneous Watches Key chains Porcelain plate Coffee mugs Flasks Golf club cover SOURCES: Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco ar\d Firearms; Smith S Wesson AP vention Act of 1993 — the Brady bill — imposed nationwide background checks on buyers. Industry officials believe some potential gun-buyers have stayed away because they consider the checks intrusive. "I don't know anybody else that buys anything else that has to be scrutinized by the FBI to buy it," says Bob Morrison, vice president of Miami-based handgun maker Taurus International Manufacturing. • The crime rate is down. Last year's national murder rate hit a 33-year low. Burglary fell 10 percent just since the previous year "Most people who buy handguns do so for self-defense, so the handgun market is far more responsive to at least the public perception of the prevalence of crime," says Dennis Henigan, legal director of the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence. • The shooting sprees that have made front-page headlines may have eroded public acceptance. Philip Cook, a Duke University expert on the industry, says that "having handguns in your home is no longer seen as something that's your personal business." Separate from the ATF numbers, the number of handguns produced for the military also is down dramatically The latest figures from the Defense Department show that average yearly handgun purchases from 1993 to 2000 fell 80 percent compared to the previous eight- year period. Becoming more specialized Greg Fetter, a defense analyst in Newtown, Conn., attributes the drop to "the smaller armed forces and the greatly diminished threat" in the post-Cold War era. Experts foresee the handgun industry now becoming more specialized, supplying mainly police as well as some hunters and target shooters. "You're not going to have the size of the market you had in the '70s and '80s ever again," said Dave Simard, who oversees Smith & Wesson's police products other than handguns. "It's just a different world." The crash does not extend to shotgun and rifle production, which rose by about 8 percent between 1993 and 1999 to 2.8 million annually ATF figures show. Bush rolls back Clinton AC and heatpump standards By The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Bush administration Friday proposed rolling back new efficiency standards for home central air conditioners and heat pumps but would still require the devices to use 20 percent less energy than most current models. The action follows the administration's approval a day earlier of tougher efficiency standards for new washing machines and water heaters. Two days before President Clinton left office, his Energy Department issued standards that would have required home central air conditioners and heat pumps to use 30 percent less energy starting in 2006. "The Clinton rule placed too high a c.ost burden on consumers," Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham said Friday A 20 percent improvement in energy efficiency "is a realistic standard that achieves significant energy efficiency gains and protects low-income consumers from unnecessarily high prices," he said. The Bush standard would require that all central home air conditioning units meet a minimum seasonal efficiency ratio, or SEER, of 12 compared to the minimum of 10 under the current standard. The SEER is the common measurement of appliance efficiency. 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