Making a Killing

The Business Of Guns in America

A comprehensive exposé of the gun industry’s efforts to increase profits by aggressively manufacturing and marketing more lethal and concealable guns

“Meticulously researched [and] powerful.” —BusinessWeek

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. Tom Diaz argues that despite endless rhetoric about the right to bear arms, the real story behind the epidemic gun violence in America is the systematic increase in lethality by manufacturers. Diaz shows how over the last two decades the gun industry has sought to reverse declining profits 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 goes in depth to explore the fascinating but little known business side of this $1.4-billion-a-year industry, revealing the inner workings of what one executive described as “a little moneymaking machine.” Finally, it outlines a series of practical regulations that would help clean up the mess.

Books by Tom Diaz

The Last Gun
How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It

Tom Diaz