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Author Tom Diaz makes no bones about his animus toward guns: he wants to regulate the U.S. firearms industry to death--literally. Guns are responsible for about 36,000 deaths each year in the United States (more than half are suicides), and so Diaz views them as a public health hazard requiring a massive government intervention. Making a Killing is hardly a dispassionate treatment; Diaz himself is a political activist (and a former Congressional aide). He suggests adopting strategies used against cigarette makers and admires the success antismoking zealots have experienced in their crusade. Much of his treatment focuses on the business of gun making, especially its lightness of regulation and what he considers to be its obsessive secrecy ("The firearms industry is a business so secret that it makes the tobacco industry look like a model of transparency"). He is also appalled that manufacturers make profits from these products and mortified that several leading firearms producers are foreign-owned (is he equally alarmed about who makes most of America's VCRs?). Making a Killing probably won't bring any new soldiers into the antigun camp, but for those already there it is a ready source of information and outrage. --John J. Miller --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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This is as far left as propaganda can get. Obvious Marxist/Leninist/Fascist anti freedom propaganda. For the well indoctrinated only.Published on December 1, 2009 by FDH
This is nothing more than deception and lies in an attempt to garner more support for anti gun goons who would rather criminals kill you and your family than give you the freedom... Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Joseph B. Gadberry
the % of crimes committed with LEGALLY purchased firearms is practically nonexistent and more people are killed every year by accidentally falling down stairs than are accidentally... Read morePublished on July 16, 2009 by Kevin K
Well I am starting this review off by proudly stating that I am a proud American gun owner who is also a member of the NRA and a strong supporter of our 2nd amendment rights! Read morePublished on June 27, 2009 by Shawn Kovacich
As a gun owner, member of the NRA, and believer in the need for new gun legislation that keeps guns in the hands of "responsible" citizens, this book was a great read. Read morePublished on June 24, 2009 by J. Solis
That is, the Amazon.com review. I haven't even read the book. Just wanted to check out the reviews. And the first thing I read is this, "Guns are responsible for about 36,000... Read morePublished on March 14, 2005 by Amazon Customer
I will keep this short. I am a criminologist researcher I have done research over this subject for over 20 years. I would have to say that is book is false. Read morePublished on June 8, 2004
Never have I read A book so steeped in blatant misinformation than this.
Your statistical breakdown regarding gun deaths falls very short of what most of us call... Read more
Tom Diaz works as a propagandist at the anti-gunrights/anti-freedom/anti-capitalist "Violence Policy Center" in Washington D.C. Read morePublished on July 13, 2003 by Chasimodo