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When I first heard about the terrible massacre in Newtown, Connecticut I knew instinctively that a Glock semiautomatic pistol would be found on the scene.  Glock psitols  have been used in nearly all of the mass shootings in the US - including the Virginia Tech killings. And, of course  it was a Glock 19 with an extended magazine that was used  to gun down Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford and 19 others (six killed).

We mourn the loss of innocent life, but we should keep in mind that some are profiting from this tragedy. Every time there is a mass shooting in the US Gaston Glock, sitting in his cellar in Carinthia, watches his top-line sales number skyrocket.  The killings are also good for his bottom line: Glock is among the 25 wealthiest men in Austria.

Gaston Glock can be proud that his semiautomatic pistol is the weapon of choicefor lunatics in the US who run amok:

"It's no surprise that the Glock has also been the gun of choice for some prolific psychopaths. Byran Uyesugi used a Glock 17 to kill seven people at a Xerox (XRX) office in Honolulu in 1999. Seung-Hui Cho, who murdered 32 at Virginia Tech in 2007 before killing himself, used the same Glock 19 model that Loughner is accused of firing in Tucson. Steven Kazmierczak packed a Glock 17 when he shot 21 people, killing five, at Northern Illinois University in 2008."
Gaston Glock and his defenders - they are legion in gun-crazy America - will argue that people, not weapons, kill.  Perhaps, but extent of the deadly mayhem we see routinely in the US is also a result of the Glock's unique technology:
The smooth-firing Glock did not cause these massacres any more than it holds up convenience stores. But when outfitted with an extra-large magazine, it can raise the body count. The shooters in Arizona, Illinois, Virginia, Hawaii, and Texas could not have inflicted so many casualties so quickly had they been armed with old-fashioned revolvers. In its 2010 catalog, the manufacturer boasts that while the Glock 19 is "comparable in size and weight to the small .38 revolvers it has replaced," the pistol "is significantly more powerful with greater firepower and is much easier to shoot fast and true."
Glock's company is private, so we don't know his exact numbers, but it is estimated that two-thirds of his approx. €100 million turnover comes from the US, where the pistol has become a cult-item:
   In den USA sorgt der Name Glock dafür, dass man Österreich nicht nur wegen „Sound of Music“ und Arnold Schwarzenegger kennt. Die Waffe hat eine leidenschaftliche Fangemeinde. Es gibt ein knappes Dutzend Internetforen, in denen man über seine Glock diskutieren kann; wenn man sich eine neue Pistole kauft, nennt man das „Glockmas“ (in Anspielung auf Christmas), manche feiern gar den Geburtstag von Gaston Glock (19.Juli) und das US-Staatsmotto „In God We Trust“ haben die Fans abgewandelt in „In Glock We Trust“.

    (My translation:) In the US, the name Glock means that Austria is no longer just associated with "The Sound of Music" and Arnold Schwarzengger. The weapon has a passionate community of fans.  There are at least a dozen internet discussion forums where people can discuss their Glocks; whenever a new Glock is purchase it's known as "Glockmas" (a play on Christmas); Anton Glock's birthday (July 19) is celebrated, and fans have changed the national motto "In God We Trust" to "In Glock We Trust".)

As for Gaston Glock, the wealthy recluse hides out in the basement of his huge compound, venturing out only in his private jet.  As he told Forbes:
„In der Luft gibt es weniger verrückte Menschen.“

("Up in the air there aren't as many crazy people")

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    The opposite of "good" is "good intention" - Kurt Tucholsky

    by DowneastDem on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:33:15 AM PST

  •  I think perhaps one of the first early mass (0+ / 0-)

    shootings was the one at Cal State Fullerton. I was working in the bio lab at another college at the time and one of the professor's sons was killed in that shooting. I remember it well. It was 1976.

    In that case, is was a 22 semi-automatic, apparently purchased at a K-Mart.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:42:29 AM PST

    •  You have no idea how bizarre that sounds (3+ / 0-)
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      to A European

      In that case, is was a 22 semi-automatic, apparently purchased at a K-Mart.
      Honey pop down to the supermarket and pick up a couple of litres of milk, a dozen eggs and a gun.
      •  K Mart didn't sell food. Clothing, sporting goods, (0+ / 0-)

        jewelry, toys, homewares.

        I sure understand how the name might be misinterpreted, though. I don't even know if they are still in business.

        202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

        by cany on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:18:51 AM PST

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          "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

          by indycam on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:27:48 AM PST

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        •  KMart, WalMart WTF? (0+ / 0-)

          In the UK, Walmart trades as ASDA- and you will not find guns and ammunition in the row next to the Spicy Duck.

          In Germany, the biggest chain in REAL, and they sell fishing rods, sports goods, bikes, tyres etc, but they do not sell guns and ammunition.

          In France, the biggest supermarket chain is Carrefour - they do not sell guns and ammunition.

          Both Germany and France have a long tradition of hunting and  millions of hunters, but if you want to buy a gun or ammo you need to go to a specialist dealer and have a license.

          •  Makes sense to me. I don't think guns/ammo should (1+ / 0-)
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            be sold at KMarts or WalMarts, etc. I have to be honest and say I just don't want to be around guns at all. Ever.

            This seems so much more civilized to me:

            Both Germany and France have a long tradition of hunting and  millions of hunters, but if you want to buy a gun or ammo you need to go to a specialist dealer and have a license.

            202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

            by cany on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 09:51:58 AM PST

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      •  Yeah (0+ / 0-)

        I've lived in America my whole life and I was shocked when Wal-Mart said they'd start selling guns. Guns are simply part of American culture, really, they have been since the beginning.

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