What Change (tm) is this op-ed proposing?
I think the idea runs along these lines:
"If we're going to buy Acme Brand CAR-15's for a contract, we want them to stop producing semiautomatic versions of these rifles for civilians. Everyone knows they're the choice of drug dealers everywhere."
"Acme's 9mm pistols have been used in crimes. Well, at least one. In any case, we demand that they stop producing them if they want to keep their military contracts."
I don't think it'd fly, but my point was to keep an eye out for sneaky stuff like this.