EU Commission on Weapons Kick

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Question: In what line of work, when business is booming, is it really & truly BOOMING?

Answer: In the weapons industry, of course – making things blow up, or at least go *bang*! This double-“boomness” is now in full force over in the US, according to Handelsblatt:


Check it out, the editors pull no punches here, with a title that translates to “Earn that money ’til things blow!” and a classic pic of Clint Eastwood in full firing-position up top. The article is mainly about how Springfield, MA-based Smith & Wesson just can’t keep up with current demand for its wares – oh, and how this revenue-flood now stands threatened by looming gun-control measures pushed by the Obama administration in the wake of last December’s Newtown massacre. Naturally, with that last part reporter Nils Rüdel merely betrays his ignorance of American political realities.

We can assume his employer is rather more on top of the European scene, though. Indeed, that Smith & Wesson piece (oh – sorry, I meant the article!) looks suspiciously like mere lead-in for the Exclusive! that Handelsblatt touts elsewhere today:


“EU Commission wants to reform the armaments market,” with the brief article itself (by Brussels correspondent Thomas Ludwig) entitled “EU States spend a lot for armaments.” (more…)

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