Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Short Video on the Gun Industry

Those of you who follow this blog know that I have a love affair with guns. Although here in Boston I don't own one, we have a number back home, and I do enjoy handling and shooting firearms whenever I get a chance. I love the history, the engineering, and the simple practice of testing my skill with a precision mechanical instrument.

Unfortunately, a lot of bad and/or deranged folks get their hands on firearms all too easily and cause a lot of mayhem in the world. Ignoring war and professional criminal activity, I think a lot of people die needlessly due to unsafe handling and safekeeping of firearms.

I try to keep this blog as apolitical as possible, and I'm not looking for a gun control debate. Instead, I was sent a link to this short video that discusses the business of the firearms industry, particularly how much of a big business it actually is. Of particular note, I was really surprised at the huge numbers of registered firearms dealers we have in the US. Not all of these folks are running "gun stores", but the numbers were pretty amazing.

Here's the video, from

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Charles Gramlich said...

I've read that most NRA members are for stronger background checks and controls in place to prevent just anyone from buying a gun. It's just common sense.

Tom Johnson said...

Although I was trained in most weapons during the Vietnam era, I kept few weapons after retirement. I did some hunting, but not a lot. Too busy working. I'm not without any firearms at all, simply for the reason that I'm almost blind and shake awfully bad. I would likely shoot myself if I even tried to fire one today. Most of my old Army buddies still have some form of gun, whether rifle or handgun. One friend is actually a gun dealer in Texas, and I've been inside his weapon and ammunition vault. He could outfit a small army. We also have gun shows in the big city near us, so guns are very popular here. The video is certainly correct, guns are a big business.

Tom Johnson said...

That should have been, 'I'm now without any firearms at all'. Sorry about my typing.