The NSSF recently published a report confirming what we've all known to be true for a while: The gun industry supports the American economy in a big way. In fact, according to this report, our beloved firearms industry has contributed over 49 billion dollars to America's economy. Yes, that's 49. With a “b” after it.
The report doesn't stop there, however. It moves on to show just how much we support the economy with taxes, jobs, sales and growth. The following pictures and graphs all come from the NSSF Economic Impact Report of 2016.
Before we get there, let's discuss who makes up this generous industry. The National Shooting Sports Foundation claims that it has 13,000 members comprised of manufacturers, range owners, retailers, distributors, organizations and publishers like Gun Carrier. I am a media member of the NSSF.
The impact of the firearms industry on our economy has grown by 158% since the measly 19 Billion $ it was in 2008. Some of that is likely due to our fearful leader in chief located in the White House. Then again, a lot of it is also due to the fact that people are waking up to the violence around them. They realize that they aren't in Kansas anymore, Toto…
Also since 2008, in the year of our Obama, we created 73% more jobs. Currently, the gun industry employs more than 287,000 folks, with an average combined wage and benefit salary of over $50,000/year. Given the current job climate, that ain't too shabby.
We can't forget taxes, and there are a lot of those, as well:
Just for giggles, here are the top 10 states for economic output:
Here are the top 10 states for jobs:
Finally, here are the top 10 states for taxes:
One thing is for certain, the firearms industry is a big part of the American economy. There would be a huge hole in jobs and economic growth if the Benghazi Butcher gets her way. Will she get into office? Only time will tell, but you can rest assured that if she does, the gun community will keep buying plenty of guns, ammo and accessories.
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