The U.S. gun industry has grown rapidly over the past 14 years and has become “one of the bright spots in the economy,” the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the U.S. arms trade industry group, said in an annual analysis. At the same time, gun incidents have killed more than 10,000 people in the United States this year.
The US “Capitol Hill” daily quoted the report on April 1. Last year, the US gun industry generated more than 70.5 billion US dollars in revenue, an increase of 269% from 19.1 billion US dollars in 2008; nearly 376,000 jobs were created, compared with the 2008 financial crisis. 166,000 during the recession, an increase of 126%.
The report said the firearms industry “has become one of the bright spots in the country’s economy.”
According to the report, Texas gun-related businesses created more than 31,000 jobs last year. California followed, adding more than 29,000 gun-related jobs last year.
Statistics released by the US “Gun Violence Archives” website show that as of April 2, gun-related incidents since January 1, 2022 have killed at least 10,674 people in the United States, and 8,399 have been injured by gunfire.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 45,000 people died from gunshot wounds in the United States in 2020. The causes of death included suicide, homicide and accident. On average, 13.6 people per 100,000 people died from guns, and the death rate related to guns was nearly Highest in 30 years.