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Making A Killing Hardcover – February 1, 1999
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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
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Meanwhile, the violent crime rate in the UK has gone through the roof. Not only crimes involving firearms, but all violent crime.
Criminals emboldened by the fact that law-abiding homeowners will ~definitely~ not have any protection have stepped up their efforts -- home invasions have increased by over 100%! Criminals on the street are now killing people for their mobile phones (over 700,000 incidents last year).
As if all this weren't enough, the UK police (the Bobbies) will now carry sidearms -- the first time in history -- due to the increased violence threat. Not even during WW2, when the UK was afraid of Nazi infiltrators, did the bobbies carry firearms!
If none of this convinces you, just do a search on the BBC news website.
Disarming the populace increases crime. Unless the police can protect you as well as YOU can protect you, don't fall for the "gun control is safety" argument -- it is a lie!
With a title like this, one would at least expect some evidence on how much gun makers earn. Diaz tells us about some memberships in nice clubs, but can't even tell us how much money Ruger makes? Would this have really taken much effort? I was able to look it up in a couple of minutes on the internet (by the way, Ruger earned $25 million last year from all of its sporting good lines including guns, gulf clubs, etc.). Ruger is a large company as Diaz claims, but couldn't he have filled in some details like the number of employs (which by the way is 1,900 employees). Diaz really comes across as lazy. With a solid anti-gun organization like the Violence Policy Center behind this book, you would have thought that they could have put together a more complete effort.
* The gun industry enjoys exceptional secrecy, which often cripples the efforts of law enforcement to solve violent crimes.
* It also enjoys unprecedented immunity from consumer protection laws, which far more heavily regulate such items as books, toothpaste and VCR's (to use John J. Miller's example - and how many Americans are killed every year by VCR's?)
* The industry constantly seeks to reinvigorate a saturated market by mass-producing increasingly high-powered and concealable weapons which serve no legitimate self-defense or sports purpose.
* It creates an artificial demand for these weapons by pandering to immature Rambo wannabees, whipping up fear and hysteria about impending social collapse, and shows appalling callousness about the possibility of its products getting into the hands of criminals and children.
One great strength of this book is its use of the gun lobby's own words to condemn them as hypocrites. They spout the standard NRA line for public consumption, wrapping themselves in the flag and worshipping the gun as a sacred object, but in industry publications they often let their guard down and talk frankly about how they exploit the Walter Mitty factor to flood the US with many times more guns than could be justified on any rational grounds.
Don't be put off by the knee-jerk reactions of reviewers who obviously haven't read this book and are just mindlessly regurgitating the NRA's predictable condemnation of it. Get the facts for yourself!
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