The Gun Industry's Sale of Increased Killing Power
- Jim Grover, "Don't Be a Victim!," Guns & Ammo (July 1992), pp. 20-21.
- "Alejandro Mayorkas Holds Briefing With Others on the Furrow Case," FDCH Political Transcripts (August 12, 1999).
- "Man accused in Jewish center shootings pawned guns repeatedly," The Associated Press State & Local Wire, (August 16, 1999); "Investigators Trace Furrow Weapon to Spokane Gun Show," Seattle Post-Intelligencer, (August 14, 1999); "Pistol Had Many Owners Before Furrow," Los Angeles Times, (August 14, 1999); "Alejandro Mayorkas Holds Briefing With Others on the Furrow Case," FDCH Political Transcripts (August 12, 1999).
- "Smaller Size Big Seller in New Era of Handgun," The Plain Dealer (December 14, 1995), p. 16A ("Glock...began selling two versions of a palm-sized pistol, boasting of it in a press release as a �pocket rocket.'"). See also, "Laws trigger newfound market for small guns; Easy to conceal, they're being toted by more women," The Atlanta Journal and Constitution (December 16, 1995), p. 2F ("Tagged �pocket rockets' and able to blast off 10 and 11 rapid-fire rounds, two new Glock compact semiautomatic pistols have become fast sellers....").
- See, "Glock's New Pocket Rockets!," Guns & Ammo (January 1996), p. 36 and cover ("Pocket Rockets: Glock's New Breed"); advertising flier for "sub-compact" 9mm, distributed by Standard Arms of Nevada, Inc., at 1999 SHOT Show ("User Friendly Pocket Rocket").
- See, e.g., "Glock's New Pocket Rockets!," Guns & Ammo (January 1996), pp. 36, 37. ("...all the top gun distributors nationwide had been invited to their own presentation. If it's any indication, they bought heavily. Although the gun market has been fairly flat, all the distributors could see with the increase of concealed-carry permits and the 10-round limit on magazines, the Glock 26 and 27 may be just the ticket for a lot of gun buyers.")
- For other Violence Policy Center reports on gun industry marketing efforts, see One Shot, One Kill: Civilian Sales of Military Sniper Rifles (May 1999); Start �Em Young: Recruitment of Kids to the Gun Culture (April 1999); Joe Camel with Feathers: How the NRA with Gun and Tobacco Industry Dollars Uses Its Eddie Eagle Program to Market Guns to Kids (November 1997); Female Persuasion: A Study of How the Firearms Industry Markets to Women and the Reality of Women and Guns (December 1994).
- DL Hoyert et al., "Deaths: Final Data for 1997," National Vital Statistics Reports, 47, No. 19 (1999).
- Philip Cook et al., "The Medical Costs of Gunshot Injuries in the United States," Journal of the American Medical Association 282:5 (1999): 447.
- Consumer Product Safety Act, 15 U.S.C. � 2051 et seq.
- Phil Spangenberger, "Pocket Autos for Defense and Fun!," Guns & Ammo (September 1993), p. 41.
- Arthur Kellermann, "Do Guns Matter?," The Western Journal of Medicine 161:6 (1994): 614.
- "The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education: Firearms Tutorial," Department of Pathology, University of Utah, downloaded from University of Utah web site on August 30, 1999.
- "The Miami Shootout: What Really Happened!" Handguns (August 1999), pp. 66, 80.
- Garen Wintemute, "The Relationship Between Firearm Design and Firearm Violence," Journal of the American Medical Association 275:22 (12 June 1996): 1749 ("Reports from major cities document a contemporaneous increase in the overall severity of firearm-related injuries. The transition from revolvers to pistols is considered a key factor by many observers."); MD McGonigal et al., "Urban Firearm Deaths: A Five-Year Perspective," The Journal of Trauma 35:4 (October 1993): 532 ("Changes in handgun usage [from predominance of revolvers and lower caliber pistols to predominance of higher powered pistols] had a marked effect on survival" in Philadelphia).
- Garen Wintemute, "The Relationship Between Firearm Design and Firearm Violence," Journal of the American Medical Association 275:22 (12 June 1996): 1749, 1750 ("higher wounding potential of their more powerful ammunition;" see also table on p. 1751); for a comprehensive review of the elements that contribute to the wounding potential of various types of ammunition and firearms, see ML Fackler, "Gunshot Wound Review," Annals of Emergency Medicine 28:2 (August 1996): 194-203.
- DB Dahlstrom et al., "Comparative Performance of 9mm Parabellum, .38 Special and .40 Smith & Wesson Ammunition in Ballistic Gelatin," Wound Ballistics Review 2:3 (1996): 9.
- "USSOCOM calls for .45-cal �offensive handgun,'" Jane's International Defense Review (December 1, 1990), p. 1401. ("Simply put, this equates to �the bigger the bullet, the bigger the hole, the more rapid the incapacitation due to circulatory collapse.'")
- See, RP Caruso et al., "Gunshot Wounds: Bullet Caliber is Increasing," The Journal of Trauma: Injury, Infection, and Critical Care 46:3 (March 1999): 462 (trend to larger caliber bullets used in unintentional shootings, suicides, and homicides over 16-year period of 1981 through 1997).
- Arthur Kellermann, "Do Guns Matter?," The Western Journal of Medicine 161:6 (December 1994): 614, citing Franklin Zimring, "The medium is the message: Firearm calibre as a determinant of death from assault," J. Legal Studies 1972; 1: 97-124.
- "The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education: Firearms Tutorial," Department of Pathology, University of Utah, downloaded from University of Utah web site on August 30, 1999 ("Tissue destruction can be increased at any caliber by use of hollowpoint expanding bullets."); ML Fackler, "Gunshot Wound Review," Annals of Emergency Medicine 28:2 (August 1996): 194 ("Wounding potential is also determined to a great extent by a bullet's physical characteristics....For example, an expanding soft-point or hollow-point bullet causes more tissue disruption than a similar but nonexpanding one..."), GM McCormick et al., "Wounding Effects of the Winchester Black Talon Bullet," The American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology 17:2 (1996): 124-129.
- Bob Rogers, "Headache Cure #2000," Shooting Sports Retailer (January 1997), p. 6.
- "Giant Buyer's Guide to Pocket Guns," Handguns (March 1999), pp. 41-42.
- Guns & Ammo writer Jim Grover highlighted the deadly difference between traditional small revolvers and the new small pistols in an article describing the introduction of Glock's new pocket rockets. Grover wrote that "I believe I'll retire" a six-shot Smith & Wesson revolver in favor of the Glock pocket rocket which was "no larger" and featured "five additional rounds�five. Hmmmmmm." "Glock's New Pocket Rockets!" Guns & Ammo (January 1996), pp. 36, 39.
- "The Cheapest Handgun Was Loaded With Profit; For Pistol Firm, Heavy Sales, Then Bankruptcy Protection," The Washington Post (August 26, 1999), p. A1.
- "Ailing Gun Industry Confronts Outrage Over Glut of Violence," The New York Times, (March 8, 1992), p. 1A.
- "The Four-gun Family in Their Sights: US Gunmakers Are on the Offensive," Financial Times (March12, 1996), p. 7.
- "Doing Business in the Golden Age of the Consumer," Shooting Industry (February 1997), p. 29.
- "Industry Insights," American Firearms Industry (February 1993), p. 74.
- "Tinier, Deadlier Pocket Pistols Are in Vogue," The Wall Street Journal, (September 12, 1996), p. 1B.
- Massad Ayoob, "The Defensive Market Today," Shooting Industry (February 1997), p. 20.
- "CCW bills positive direction for industry," Firearms Business (June 15, 1995), p. 1.
- "Companies Eye Gun Carry Laws," Firearms Business (April 15, 1995), p. 7.
- "More Gun Permits Equal More Gun Sales," Shooting Industry (February 1997).
- Jim Grover, "Don't Be a Victim," Guns & Ammo (July 1992),pp. 20-21 (italics in original)
- Garen Wintemute, "The Relationship Between Firearm Design and Firearm Violence," Journal of the American Medical Association 275:22 (12 June 1996): 1749 and sources cited therein.
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