Inspired by Charles Pierces' article, A Sensible Proposal For Combatting Gun Violence to build a grassroots movement,
a disinvestment campaign, modeled on the one aimed at companies doing business in South Africa and, later, at the tobacco industry, on the part of police, and fire, and school teachers' unions to remove their money from the marketing end of mass killing. A campaign that would redefine gun violence as a public-health crisisTo do that we need to understand who the money makers are, who the firearms makers are, and that is what this diary is for.
Firearm Wiki and definition
A firearm is a weapon that launches one projectile or more at high velocity through the confined burning of a propellant. In older firearms, the propellant was typically black powder, but modern firearms use smokeless powder or other propellants. Most modern firearms (with the notable exception of smoothbore firearms) have rifled barrels to impart spin to the projectile for improved flight stability.LISTS OF MANUFACTURERS
Wikipedia Category:Firearms manufacturers in the United States
Top US Manufacturers
Freedom Group Family of WebsitesSturm, Ruger & Co.
DPMS / Panther Arms
There are more than 129,817 federally licensed firearms dealers in the United States, according to the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives numbers (as of Aug. 1) . Of those, 51,438 are retail gun stores, 7,356 are pawn shops and 61,562 are collectors, with the balance of the licenses belonging mostly to manufacturers and importers of firearms and destructive devices.Firearms Industry Statistics
For comparison, here are some numbers of other ubiquitous elements of American life:
Gas Stations in the U.S. (2011): 143,839 (source TD LINX/Nielsen via National Associations of Convenience Stores, Association for Convenience for Convenience and Fuel Retailing)
Grocery Stores in the U.S. (2011) 36,569 (source: Food Marketing Institute)
McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. (2011): 14,098 (Source: McDonald's Corporation Annual Report 2011)
Firearms Industry Analysis
Here is the summary. For more detail the report has to be purchased.
Industry Statistics & Market Size Revenue $12bnHoovers Gun & Ammunition Manufacturing Report Summary
Annual Growth 07-12 5.7%
Annual Growth 12-17
Industry Analysis & Industry Trends
In recent years, gun and ammunition makers have benefited from conflicts abroad and domestic fears about rising crime rates and stricter gun laws. While continued conflict will support revenue growth, demand for the industry's products will slow in light of diminishing concerns. Imports will satisfy a growing portion of domestic demand, rising at a substantial rate over the next five years.... purchase to read more
Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter
The Guns and Ammunition Manufacturing industry has experienced strong growth over the past five years. Despite the economic fallout generated by the global financial crisis, guns and ammunition have proved to be items that many people believe they cannot live without.
The industry experienced revenue growth during the recession from 2007 through 2009, but revenue dipped 2.5% in 2010 to $10.5 billion as consumers' recessionary fears about rising crime and more restrictive gun control laws subsided. The industry experienced aggressive growth during the five years to 2012, though, due to the United States' involvement in sustained military conflicts abroad...
Excerpt from Gun & Ammunition Manufacturing ReportFirst Research Gun & Ammunition Manufacturing Industry Profile
Companies in this industry manufacture small arms and ammunition. Major companies include Alliant Techsystems, Colt, Freedom Group, and Smith & Wesson (all based in the US), as well as Beretta (Italy), FN Herstal (Belgium), Glock (Austria), Heckler & Koch (Germany), Izhmash (Russia), Norinco (China), and Taurus (Brazil).
Demand is driven partly by hunters, gun enthusiasts, and weapon upgrades by police departments. The profitability of individual companies is closely linked to marketing. Large companies have economies of scale in purchasing. Small companies can compete effectively by producing premium-priced high-quality or decorative guns. The industry is highly concentrated.
Products, Operations & Technology
Firearms and ammunition each account for about half of industry revenue. The US industry produces more than 6 million guns per year: about 50 percent are pistols and revolvers; about 35 percent are rifles, and about 15 percent are shotguns and other firearms. Within a category, a company may make guns of different caliber and style. The most popular pistol calibers are 9 millimeter, .45, and .22. The most popular revolver calibers are .357, .45, and .38.
FOLLOWING THE $$$
Fighting the NRA leadership means knowing who is in it This is an excellent diary by Meteor Blades. This is the approach I'm hoping we can organize to pursue here.
This is a start. Kossacks know what to do with information. Time to get down to research and using the information. Follow the money. Follow the money makers. Start to uncover and expose, just like we all did with Gannon Guckert, just like we do with the Banksters. As Pierce says, this is the place we want to paint the metaphorical bullseye. Let's arrow zing it!