Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America

Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America

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by Tom Diaz
     
 

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As gun-related law suits hit the headlines, a shattering exposé of this secretive industry. The gun industry is the last unregulated manufacturer of a consumer product in America, with a level of secrecy that makes the tobacco industry look like a model of transparency. Making a Killing blows away the smoke and offers a provocative new analysis of gun violence in our

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As gun-related law suits hit the headlines, a shattering exposé of this secretive industry. The gun industry is the last unregulated manufacturer of a consumer product in America, with a level of secrecy that makes the tobacco industry look like a model of transparency. Making a Killing blows away the smoke and offers a provocative new analysis of gun violence in our society. The real story behind the steady rise in gun violence in America, argues Tom Diaz, is the systematic increase in lethality by manufacturers. Diaz shows how over the last two decades the gun industry has sought to reverse declining proÞts by dramatically increasing the killing power of its products; designed and distributed guns with more ammunition and greater concealability; and aggressively sought to build a wider market by collaborating with the "gun press" and by targeting women and minorities as vital new consumers. Making a Killing explores the fascinating but little known business side of this $1.4 billion-a-year industry, revealing the inner workings of what one gun executive described as "a little money-making machine." Finally, it outlines a series of practical regulations that would help clean up the mess.

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Argues that despite rhetoric about the right to bear arms, the reality is that the proliferation of guns and gun owners poses a threat to public health and safety. The book is divided into three parts: the gun business, the spiral of lethality, and the nurturing of a culture of fear. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)

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ISBN-13:
9781565845671
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
03/28/2000
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.72(d)

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Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America 2.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a difficult read at best. The author is incredibly biased and wrote a book on how bad the second amendment is essentially. I chose to read the book for an overview of the firearms industry and to learn about the economic portion. It was sufficient in doing that job, but i felt the book was very dry and the overall lopsidedness of the book took away the impact of a valid argument that could have been achieved. I do think that the books factual references were incredible, with seemingly accurate statistics and lots of background information for the average reader. There were also claims made that made me question my thoughts and actions, but those points seemed overwhelmed by the consistent amount of points made about weapon buyers and the industry surrounding it. If the desired objective is to get informed of how the industry works and the thought process surrounding it then read it, but if fun is the objective or a good argument is desired it is a good book to steer clear from.
guitaoist3 More than 1 year ago
more guns=less crime.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author does a good job of exposing just how greedy and corrupt the American gun industry is.