Many gun-hating politicians and those in gun-ban groups would like nothing more than to see the end of the American firearm industry. Yet they apparently have no idea what kind of devastating effect the loss of such an important industry would have on the economy.
According to an Outdoor Life report, the gun industry contributed a whopping $51.3 billion to the U.S. economy in 2016 alone—not something to sneeze at. Figures fresh from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) indicate that the number of Americans employed full-time by manufacturers, distributors and vendors of guns and ammunition was more than 141,000, with nearly 160,000 additional jobs in supplier and ancillary industries.
Additionally, the report—“Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report: 2017”—documents how the firearms industry’s revenues, tax contribution and job generation has nearly tripled in less than a decade, increasing 168 percent from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $51.3 billion in 2016.
Anti-Gunners Coagulate To Claim “Study” Shows A Majority Of Americans Oppose Carry
Facing momentum in several state legislatures to relax restrictions on concealed carry, a gaggle of gun-haters has gathered to promote a confusing, secret anti-gun study this week.
Why is this process a secret? Why are certain results shared with The Trace before the survey has been peer reviewed? How did the “researchers” frame their questions? How were respondents selected? If this is the “most definitive portrait of gun ownership in decades,” why do they refuse to let us look behind the curtain?
Perhaps there’s a clue in the admission: “It’s difficult to account for the growing acceptance of guns in public, the authors said.” We agree; mystery seems to swirl around this “study.”
More Bad Guys With AKs In Gun-Free Paris
“It just never ends,” said President Donald Trump in reference to the latest terror attack in Paris, France, that resulted in the death of one police officer and two injured citizens. ISIS immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.
The attacker exited a car near a parked police van and shot through the window of the vehicle. Officers returned fire, killing the attacker, but not before he had killed the driver. According to The Sun, the gunman had served 15 years in prison for shooting at police officers.
Once again, the restrictive gun laws in Paris have done nothing to stop terrorists from getting their hands on AK-47s, grenades and plastic explosives. “An automatic weapon was used against police,” The Sun quoted a government spokesperson as saying. “A weapon of war.” Unfortunately, until laws are changed, French citizens will continue to be at risk as terrorists continue their unfettered reign of terror.
Oklahoma Woman Shot Ex-Boyfriend As He Broke Into Her Home
The southwest Oklahoma woman who fatally shot a man breaking into her home was defending herself from a recent boyfriend. The victim told police she was awakened just after 8 a.m. by Rocky Stamper, who was reportedly standing over her bed before shoving a handgun into her face and making death threats.
The victim then grabbed a gun she kept under her pillow and fired, striking the intruder. Police found Stamper unresponsive, and he later died at a local hospital. The resident told authorities she has no idea how Stamper got into her home, as he did not have a key nor was he expected. She also stated that the two had an ongoing relationship that had recently ended.