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Venting rage at the general culture of gun extremism feels righteous, but ultimately there is no one on the other end of such a broad discussion who can be held accountable: The psychotic NRA/militia fringe who goes around spewing conspiracy theories and taking quasi-sexual pleasure in their arsenals are not listening, have nothing to offer any conversation, and are not actually the most pertinent factor in enabling mass-killings and extreme per capita rates of murder in this country.  They are the lowest, least significant manifestation of the problem, and even the NRA lobby is largely just a tool of people far fewer in number and a lot more important to shine a spotlight on: The people who own and operate gun corporations - the executives, boards, capital firms, and other entities largely responsible for the political power of the NRA and the legal obscenity of today's proliferation of mass-murder weapons.

It must be remembered that these weapons are not limited to the United States, but flood the whole world, and inflict a scale of death and destruction far beyond our borders.  Drug cartels in Mexico and Colombia; violent street gangs throughout the Americas from the US to Chile; mafia families and organized crime syndicates; murderous militias standing for anything or nothing in Africa and Asia; they are all fueled by interests that are completely immune to the consequences of their business, even in terms of social judgment.  They are treated as legitimate businesses, their leaders treated as respectable members of society, and yet what they do is promote Hell on Earth even in communities just a short drive from their immaculate estates.  Contrast how they are treated with how the drug kingpins they deliberately arm are viewed, and you start to understand the insanity of this situation.

Instead of holding these people accountable, we are bombarded with propaganda and told to swallow the deaths of our own children and families; to just tolerate unimaginable horror, because there is simply too much money involved for the handful of people who profit from it to allow us to expect safe communities and sensible laws.  Or even worse than that, we are told to respond to the horror by increasing the proliferation of the machinery of death that makes it so easy for criminal monsters and delusional madmen to turn our communities into war zones.  We are told to spend our blood for an Orwellian perversion of "freedom" when actual freedom has disappeared in fear and chaos, with the wealthy arms manufacturers and rural extremists disappearing with blood-stained smirks on their faces behind their gated mansion walls or wilderness compounds while America bleeds.

So let's start where the buck really stops - the people who are profiting from this nightmare and using their wealth and power to promote it - and start asking some questions about them, demanding answers from them, and letting people all over America know who is responsible at the highest level for making certain neighborhoods all over the country into WW1 no-man's-lands; who is responsible for handing tyrants and madmen the tools of total war in our own country.  Let's start with Smith and Wesson, as helpfully listed on its corporate governance page:

DIRECTORS

Barry M. Monheit
Robert L. Scott
Michael F. Golden
P. James Debney
Robert H. Brust
John B. Furman
Mitchell A. Saltz
I. Marie  Wadecki

OFFICERS

P. James Debney
President and Chief Executive Officer

Jeffrey D. Buchanan
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Michael J. Brown
Vice President, U.S. Sales

Robert J. Cicero
Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel, and Secretary

Mario Pasantes
Senior Vice President, Marketing and International Sales

Mark P. Smith
VP Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

The info of Glock's US HQ is below, but the official website doesn't give any details about its governance either in the US or globally:

GLOCK, Inc.
6000 Highlands Parkway
Smyrna, GA 30082
U.S.A.
Tel.: +1 770 - 432 1202
Fax: +1 770 - 433 8719

Wikipedia has a handy list of all the major global weapons manufacturers for more thorough research, although it includes purely military contractors who make larger weapons rather than firearms:

List of Modern Armament Manufacturers

There is also a list of handgun manufacturers with contact info for each:

List of Handgun Manufacturers

I don't know which weapons are most prolific in murder in the United States, and haven't found that information on cursory inspection, but I'm sure the information exists.  But really it doesn't matter: Whether they occupy a niche or are straight-up putting death machines into the hands of gangsters and lunatics, all of these bastards to some extent have deliberately gone out of their way to corrupt our governments on both the state and federal level, taking away the freedom of the American people to decide how they want to guarantee the security of their communities.  

In essence, they take away our freedom with one hand by arming the worst people to the teeth, guaranteeing that even if we armed ourselves the best we could hope for in a bad situation is total chaos, and with the other hand they take away our freedom by buying legislation and shouting down anyone who dares to speak with a torrent of psychotic, borderline terrorist NRA propaganda where leaders are threatened with assassination and the public with ethnic cleansing if they dare to regulate firearms.

Enough of this shit!  Time to cast the spotlight where it belongs, find out and routinely publicize who is running and owning these companies, and make sure every single time another person is murdered with their products - products they have specifically designed to do that - their names are up in lights beside the names and pictures of the innocent victims.  Same with the higher-ups at the NRA: Show them spewing their pompous, paranoid rhetoric about their "cold, dead hands" beside the reality of the cold, dead hands of children killed by their violent selfishness and corrupt, unpatriotic lies about American constitutionalism and history.  They want their money and they want their power, and you, your family, your liberty, and your country mean less than nothing to them.  Time to stop pretending these people are contributing members of society, and start recognizing them for the legalized gangsters and tyrants they are.

Originally posted to Troubadour on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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  •  I'm more concerned about those who sell ammo (8+ / 0-)

    Did you realize how easy it is to buy Ammo over the internet?

    http://www.luckygunner.com/...

    Need a conversion kit for your AR-15 to make it fully auto?  $20.  (they sell up to 1,000 rounds at a time, etc.)

    Including Full Metal Jacket offerings.. 20 rounds.. $7

    http://www.luckygunner.com/...

    Or you can order fully loaded clips, pre-configured!

    http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/...

    $10 gets you a 30 round clip.

    Who says you have to sell your soul if you decide to kill.. for $10, you can take out a bunch of people and still have change from a 20.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:15:09 PM PST

    •  That's something to cover (7+ / 0-)
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      in gun control legislation.  As Chris Rock said in jest, but which is actually true, "we need some bullet control."  

      Off the top of my head suggestions:

      A bullet should cost $50-$100, and be imprinted with your info.
      No magazines capable of holding more than 5.
      No magazines that can be replaced more quickly than a revolver.

      In Roviet Union, money spends YOU.

      by Troubadour on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:24:27 PM PST

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      •  Yep. And no more (8+ / 0-)

        "Anonymous" type sales over the internet.   Give me a day, and I can go get an unregistered Visa/Mastercard "Gift" card, register it to a PO Box anywhere and get ammo shipped from any one of these outfits.   Something VERY wrong about that as a concept.  

        If you want ammo, buy it in person.  Not everything needs to be sold on the "net".

        Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

        by Chris Reeves on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:26:10 PM PST

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    •  Bushmaster (3+ / 0-)
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      Homepage - Not one word about Sandy Hook
      Press Releases - Ditto
      About Us - Ditto
      How to Contact Us - Actionable

      Bushmaster Safety Tips

      SAFETY TIPS
      Always read and follow instructions in the Owner/Operator Manual before loading and firing the firearm. Follow all instructions on the proper handling and safe use of the firearm.
      Notably, the User Manual does not say anything about pointing the gun at humans or securing weapons or keeping them away from relatives or murders.

      However, the Our World page does include these helpful tips:

      Home Defense

      With a Bushmaster for security and home defense, you can sleep tight knowing that your loved ones are protected. Bushmaster offers everything you need to ensure the safety of you and your family. Our high-quality pistols, carbines, and rifles are extremely reliable, easy to shoot, and include lightweight carbon models that are perfect for women. And with their intimidating looks, all Bushmasters make a serious impression. Any gun will make an intruder think. A Bushmaster will make them think twice.

      Recreation
      Pick of the Month

      Whether your idea of a good time is a Saturday afternoon at the sandpits or day at the range with your pals, a Bushmaster can seriously increase your fun factor. With its long-distance accuracy, unlimited adaptability, and semi-automatic firing capability, a Bushmaster can really get your adrenaline pumping. In fact, you'll never look at a can or target the same way again.

      Who knew that practice could be this much fun?

      Home Page - Not one word about Sandy Hook
      Community
      We support and encourage community outreach and provide sustainable employment. Safety, health and environmental protection take priority over economic consideration.
      Annual Report lists contact info:

      870 Remington Drive
      P.O. Box 1776
      Madison, North Carolina 27025-1776
      (336) 548-8700

      Which also states (2012) a Gross Profit of $82.2 million yielding 34.6% profit against Sales.

      In turn, Freedom Group is owned by Cerberus Capital Management, L.P., a private equity firm.

      Mr. Dan Quayle, ex-veep, is head of the Cerberus Investment Division.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:43:57 AM PST

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      •  Cerberus is connected to the Bush family (0+ / 0-)

        Who, of course, had one member, W, that started two wars for profit.

        We also know that Cerberus is the dog that guarded the underworld, ruled by Hades. Are they trying to tell us something?

        Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

        by splashy on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 02:09:06 PM PST

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  •  Be afraid, be very afraid. That's the BS they're (3+ / 0-)
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    selling.  Aided and abetted by the conservative media elites, Americans are cowering in their homes, stockpiling weapons, waiting for the murderer, the economic collapse, the end times.  It's a sickness for sure.  One that will not be cured overnight.  Not that we shouldn't try, but let's not be naive as to the intensity of the fight that's about to come.

  •  Wow. (2+ / 0-)
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    In my book, "Is America Stupid?" one of the most important chapters to me is the "Guns" chapter. I tried to keep each chapter as brief as possible, because there are 26 of them. and I didn't want to lose the reader's attention. So, therefore, I didn't often go in as deep into every subject as you have about the NRA. Yours is a great piece.

    After this tragedy I lowered the cost of the book to $.99 and asked people to just read the Guns chapter. Nothing else. Just this chapter. In it, I say the same things that you just said- only in certain paragraphs, not as complete.

    I hope you go to the website and download the book and read the chapter. I look forward to your comments.

    Website

    Is America Stupid?: Legitimate Rape, an Illegitimate President, and the Politics of Nonsense- www.isamericastupid.com

    by sfreeman614 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:48:12 PM PST

  •  Problem is broader than that (4+ / 0-)
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    Sure, gun manufacturers are bad news, but who are they compared to the auto industry, or Big Tobacco, or Big Oil, or the banking sector? Yet this niche industry seems to wield incredibly power over local and Federal policy makers. Why is this so? The NRA are behind a lot of initiatives, but I think there are forces behind the NRA. I believe the military/security system profits when citizens generally fear for their safety. The NRA is simply acts as an umbrella group serving a political agenda that benefits some truly significant, well positioned and influential parties.

    •  True, but there's a bottleneck in the system (3+ / 0-)
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      that can be used to defend ourselves from these monstrous people - and that's at the manufacturing level.  Regardless of how much they want it, if it becomes politically or economically untenable to continue behaving in the same ways, then it stops.

      It's about time people were held responsible for when the things they make do exactly what they were designed to do.  Frankly, that's supposedly already the law, and yet manufacturers who make guns specifically to kill as many people as possible, as rapidly as possible, do exactly that and sell them to civilians with no legitimate reason to have them at all, they are never charged with murder.  That needs to change.

      In Roviet Union, money spends YOU.

      by Troubadour on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 11:05:33 PM PST

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      •  That will never change (0+ / 0-)

        There is no way that the manufacturers of guns will ever be charged because the weapons they make are used in crimes. There is no legal theory under which they would be guilty of crimes or even be liable for civil damages. In the US guns are not sold directly from manufacturers to individuals. There is at least one, and sometimes more, levels of distribution from the manufacturer to the ultimate gun buyer. That effectively insulates them from any potential liability as long as the manufacturers follow current laws.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 11:55:57 PM PST

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        •  Bullshit. (2+ / 0-)
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          If a gun maker somehow managed to make a gun whose only use was to specifically kill 6-year-olds, and it was used exactly as designed, they would be charged with murder.

          Currently they make weapons specifically to kill as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, and they sell them to civilians.  The only possible use of some of these weapons is murder.  There is no purpose to their design if they would be used for hunting or self-defense in any remotely believable scenario.  In other words, they are specifically selling murder weapons.  They are in the murder weapon industry, and they know it and optimize their products for the purposes of murder.  They are guilty of murder even under current law, but the politics have been allowed to prevent prosecutions.

          In Roviet Union, money spends YOU.

          by Troubadour on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 12:22:49 AM PST

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          •  The issue of their civil liability has litigated (0+ / 0-)

            and the gun makers have won those court battles. Guns have been manufactured for longer than we have had a body of laws as a country and no DA has ever indicted a gun manufacturer for murder. It's a completely novel theory that has no legal substance. It you think through your criminal law, and the elements of a crime, there is no way to charge a gun manufacturer that wouldn't be laughed out of court.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 12:44:51 AM PST

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  •  I think that's a big part of the solution. (1+ / 0-)
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    People who make money selling guns are trash and we need to treat them like that.  

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:45:47 AM PST

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