Google Visualization Of Small Arms And Ammunition Imports & Exports

The legal (not illegal) trade:

Small arms, such as revolvers, assault rifles and light machine guns, and ammunition represent a $8.5 billion industry, and three quarters of the world’s small arms lie in the hand of civilians—more than 650 million civilian arms.  The app was produced by Google’s Creative Lab team in collaboration with the Igarape Institute. More than 1 million data points on imports and exports of small arms, light weapons and ammunition between 1992 and 2010 and across 250 states and territories across the world were provided by the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) small arms database.

You can fool around with the web app over at Google.

Main teaching point: USA! USA! USA! USA!…  Other countries need to step their game up.  Actually never mind, it’s better if they have less guns/ammo. ;)  Google sure knows how to make a good looking / fast web app.

Robert Muggah, Principal of SecDev group and Research Director over at Igarape Institute talks on the topic.  (among other things, he is the guy that helped google get the data for their visualization.)  Disrupting the small arms trade:

HA! He makes a point (7:27 min) that since the ban of land mines was agreed upon by governments in a treaty, we are almost in a land mine free world. Yea good luck doing that with guns. I don’t think comparing guns to land mines (something you bury in the ground and forget about until it kills or maims some random person) is valid.

Sylvia Longmire… good looking woman but she called H&K “Heckler & Cook” (19:40), and she didn’t mention ATF Project Gunrunner *facepalm + eyeroll*

Okello Sam – (22:25) – The WHAT that? (22:33) – Oh ok.. that’s what I thought. LOL I love it. One more time Okello? (28:42) – LOL thank you kind sir.

Side note: I really like this Okello’s shirt. Looks like chambray, but that style is some next level stuff you cant even get here yet as far as I know.

Oh yea and Fonderie 47? I’ll make fun of that in a whole other post, don’t you worry.




skeptic August 10, 2012 at 02:18 am

I’m half way into the video.

About the import/export;
that only counts international transfers.

It looks like “civilians” in the U.S. bought a lot “civilian weapons” (i guess that includes semi-auto for civilian/police/swat/military).
How many of the “civilian weapons” are police purchases?

And this study doesn’t include U.S. made, U.S. bought weapons.
(i.e. the military buys many U.S. made Colt M4s)


Chevy August 10, 2012 at 03:38 am

we are almost free of land mines? umm hardly. most american soldiers die from landmines (AKA “IEDs”).

you never heard of IEDs when land mines were still around


Teknix August 10, 2012 at 09:51 am

I came to the comments to say this exact same thing! They just arn’t called landmines anymore they just say IED and now it is the biggest threat we have today. The enemy doesn’t use direct confrontation much but instead uses homemade or improvised landmines!


Linoge August 10, 2012 at 05:34 am

They actually compared land mines to firearms?

Y’know, aside from the little fact that land mines wholly consume themselves in the process of their function, and thus a finite number of land mines will eventually get smaller and smaller over time since you cannot “maintain” after their use, those two objects are perfectly comparable.



aaronw August 10, 2012 at 09:56 am

They forgot the glowing trails from Sig factories to Amazon warehouses to random people’s doorsteps.


dave w August 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

considering there are still enough landmines in play to keep clearing organizations busy for probably the next hundred years i think he is full of shit


Jon Hutto August 10, 2012 at 11:47 am

2:25 “Majority of the people around the world are being killed, not by bombs, but by guns and bullets.”
I would add.. Fired by their military and police at the people.


D Larsen August 10, 2012 at 03:13 pm

Cant wait for the antigunners to get a load of vigilant derptre. This latest video he posted should have us all just waiting for msnbc to throw it on national tv and call for gun confiscation.


032125 August 10, 2012 at 05:04 pm

Helloooo Sylvia Longmire!I have no idea what she said.


Jwhite August 10, 2012 at 05:12 pm

Oh yeah.. Whagt a great idea.. Lets attempt to hamstring the only god damn business making money… *HUGE FUCKING FACE PALM* – Firearms are one of the few industries that hasnt posted insane losses… Look at Ruger(RGR) 2 years ago their stock was at 13points a share, now… 47.45 a share. NSSF says sales have gone way way up, reports are coming out showing that shooting sports is the fastest growing sport for women, up 40% in the last 10 years. Oh but… a few thousand deaths every year means anyone with a gun is going to go ape shit at some point or not. Like saying if you smoke you’re going to kill me.. Never mind the fact that deaths from automobiles, cigarets, alcohol, prescription drugs cant shake a stick at “firearms related deaths” to top it off, I think gun deaths are one of the few statistics where they lump any and all deaths into one giant number. If i drove my car off a cliff, did I die from a fall from great heights? Gravity? Vehicular suicide? Who knows… That wouldn’t be considered an automobile accident, but a guy puts one to his head and suddenly the “gun deaths” ticks up. Excuse me? No… The poor bastard was tired of all the bullshit so he said, “fuck it, i’m out of here” and frankly more power to him, tired of this, leave. Not the cleanest way to go, but in no way can that be considered part of “gun violence” maybe if you twist the words a little… “Well, the act of suicide by gun results in a violent mess” but well let the brady bunch handle the semantics.


Doyletoo August 10, 2012 at 08:53 pm

OMFG! These people probably sit and stare at their organic, sustainable, vegan dinner every evening and just cry into their plate over how much more good they need to do so they can get an invite to Sean Penn’s house for a save the world party.. I just about physically wretched watching this crap…


Jim P. August 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

I also agree on the IED/land mine bullshit.

I made it to about the fifteen minute mark before getting totally disgusted and giving up.

My questions:
What are the civilian gun laws in the countries that are above 7 in 100K violent deaths?
How many violent deaths are firearm deaths and not some other item like a machete?
When you are comparing the dollar amount of exports are you considering that the wholesale for an AK from Russia is probably $300 while an AR is going to probably $550 wholesale?


Small Arms Survey August 17, 2012 at 10:25 am

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