The Global Arms Trade Interactive Inforgraphic

Tyler Durden's picture

In the aftermath of the most recent mass shooting incident in Colorado, which in turn is merely the latest in a long series of tragic mass killings, the question of weapon propagation has once again come to the forefront, if not as much in the presidential race. This of course excludes the fact that for centuries the military industrial complex has long been the staple manufacturing core of many economies, and has competed only with banking when it comes to making a disproportionately small group of people disproportionately rich (even if it has "boosted" numerous economies alive in times of Krugmanian GDP stimulus need). Which is why we present the following interactive infographic from chrome experiments as a quick and dirty guide on who the biggest sources of arms trade (either imports or exports) in the world are. We doubt there will be many surprises over the usual suspects.

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h/t Chase

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UGrev's picture

we must immediately halt all ammo exports.. you foreign fuckers are eating into my supply and driving the price up.. *bangs head*. 

Xibalba's picture

I got mine...and that's all that matters to me.  Who's wins:  the guy who has the gold, or the guy who has the gun?  

john39's picture

neither unless people work together to destroy the NWO parasites,

engineertheeconomy's picture

Military/Bankers Complex


Buzz Fuzzel's picture

"God created man, Col Colt (inventor of the revolver) made them equal"

MSimon's picture

M1911 made them faster.

Nikao7's picture

Military/Banker/Corporate complex


Rusticus's picture

"I got mine...and that's all that matters to me."


This can be treated, but it's going to cost you a lot of gold.

Xibalba's picture

You want shares of GLD? 

Rusticus's picture

You recognize you need treatment ? ... bullish 4u.

Xibalba's picture

thanks for bringing me to my moment of clarity.  I'm sure you do this professionally, no? 

GAAPpreNixon's picture

The biosphere bats last but ALWAYS WINS.  Gold or guns won't help you in an environmental collapse.

Americans anxiously watch the other tiny "fish" in the school being herded by a group of killer whales to see which way to turn en masse to.

Rather than questioning the con artists, mountebanks and carnival barkers herding us into the fleece area (consumerism) or the slaughter house (cannon fodder), Americans dream of being a rich con artist themselves. I write to try to wake them up. The rich are a symptom. The disease is the blind faith in a growth paradigm in a finite biosphere. The system cannot be repaired. Everything else is hollywood.

We have been lied to by world class con artists for over a century. If you think you have benefited from the Trickle down con, you are sadly mistaken.

View from the Catbird Seat

GAAPpreNixon's picture

Nah, they won't do that because the REAL "business model" in war profiteering is creating "new consumers". It's the ideal form of predatory capitalism because your "product" gets destroyed when it blows itself and several humans up with it. The more weapons, the BETTER! People seeing other people getting blown up are then "MOTIVATED" (FREE ADVERTISING!) to purchase some of those "products" themselves. No need for planned obsolescence if you can just keep enough people "motivated" by blowing up their friends and family. It's a WIN-WIN!

And don't worry about any squeamish American taxpayers. That's what we have flags, parades ,"honor the vets" organizations and 24/7 media PR flag waving for. The poor and middle class are needed to willingly support a small percentage of their group getting "patriotically" blown up themselves using and "receiving" all these "products" on future mineral and oil resource areas ( whoops, I meant foreign battlefields where we fight for "freedom and democracy", of course).

Any card carrying member of the 1% parasites knows that peace SUCKS!

Stackers's picture

Just wait till they get a catch of the firepower of my fully armed and operational battlestation.

UGrev's picture at will commander... 

pods's picture

Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

Darth Vader

Uncle Remus's picture

"There'll be no one to stop us this time." Darth "Who's your daddy?" Vader

Martin Silenus's picture

Best--and most disturbing--infographic ever!!

UGrev's picture

Disturbing? the only thing disturbing is now I know why ammo prices are so high.. 

LFMayor's picture

Prices have been worsening ever since the Clintons shut down that sweet, sweet low cost Chinese product source.  Those were the best of times...

francis_sawyer's picture

oh those crafty Clintons... Always looking after YOUR best interests...

11b40's picture

What a powerful dude, that Clinton guy.  He did all kinds of things all by himself, didn't he?

francis_sawyer's picture

Well... at MINIMUM you have to give him credit for...

- Not 'inhaling'

- Not having sex with 'that woman'

All your sons & daughters should be Clintons...

11b40's picture

Haven't you worn out your Trivail Pursuits game yet?

It is hard to see the forest or the trees with your head up your ass.

francis_sawyer's picture

Yeah... I suppose you're right... after all... What does 'character' have to do with longevity of leadership?... My bad...

11b40's picture

What does character have to do with it?  Not much, apparently.  After all, we elected Bush the Lesser --- twice ;-) --- a cokehead & alcoholic.  But I am sure you know enough history to recall Eisenhower's mistress, and let's not even go into Kennedy, or LBJ, for that matter.  And that Nixon guy...what an admirable dude.  Ho-hum & yawn.

When I am an airline passenger, I could care less if the pilot was sleeping with 2 chickens & a goat the night before, just as long as he can get the that plane on the ground safely.  Clinton could fly the political plane about as well as anyone, and I would like to have him back....10 to 1 over any of the choices we have today.  Hell, I'd even take Hillary over either of these tweedle dee & tweedle dum choices we have been served up.

NidStyles's picture

You call yourself an 11b too, so I'm baffled here. Everything you stated is anti-thesis to everything I experienced and learned in that community as an 11b30p.

11b40's picture

You want to explain what you mean, 'cause I have no idea what you are talking about.

If you were an 11Bravo where I was, survival meant paying close attention and dealing with reality.  What part of what I stated was incorrect?

Buzz Fuzzel's picture

"The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head." --Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

UGrev's picture

Yeah.. I don't think I would KNOWINGLY buy ammo from the chinese. Thought I will say that Prvi Partizan is my overall favorite ammo, followed closely by PMC. 

magpie's picture

I find it highly ironic that Russia is liberalizing its domestic arms sales to increase its tax revenue.

bank guy in Brussels's picture

Great Russian gun designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, who will be 93 later this year, has spoken very favourably of the right of all citizens to have arms.

Kalashnikov is as great a gun designer perhaps as the American John Browning, who died in Liège, Belgium in 1926.

If every Third Reich Jew had a gun to take a Nazi down with him ...

... And any of us with a brain or conscience might one day be a 'Third Reich Jew', rounded up for the camps.

Most of the Jews the Nazis killed were non-Zionist, religious people ... nothing to do with those Israeli fascists.

Here in Europe we know the Nazis can come back, they were here before, we know 'things can change'. We have seen murderous tyranny, like the US is seeing now.

In Europe we are not noisy about it, but actually we have a lot of privately-owned guns in Continental Europe too (Americans tend not to know this - it was the crazy Brits that confiscated everyone's handguns, not us on the Continent.)

Germany: 25 million civilian privately owned handguns, shotguns, rifles
France: 19 million civilian privately owned handguns, shotguns, rifles
Belgium: 2 millions civilian privately owned handguns, shotguns, rifles

Facts of gun ownership and policies in countries around the world:

A Lunatic's picture

But can you grab one off the rack in the bedroom, pop in a 100rnd C-mag and let 'er rip at 9 a.m., right from the comfort and safety of your back porch without fear of reprisal?

malek's picture

There he goes again with that bullshit statistic:

Germany: 25 million civilian privately owned handguns, shotguns, rifles

Everyone who lived for a year or two in Germany is aware that number can't be true, or they're counting air guns and pea shooters as well.

rosiescenario's picture

Personally, John Browning is probably the greatest gun designer....everything from the hi-power through the BMG...not to mention the Colt 45....


Not to diminish the recent mass killings, but perhaps there were not enough guns....if a few folks had been legally packing, the death tolls would have been far lower.


Rather than disarm honest citizens, the government should be encouraging law abiding citizens to know how to use guns and give them the right to carry.

sgt_doom's picture

Speaking of that arms trade and mass murders:

The Long Thread

To achieve a world free of demons, we must first identify the demons.

Instead of focusing on the newsy blah, blah, blah --- endless noise without content --- let us examine the obvious factors leading to the horrible and mindless slaughter of those Sikhs in Wisconsin.

The mindset of the psychotic gunman, an ardent neo Nazi, sounded exactly the same as the typical Tea Party member (Obama is a communist and blah, blah, blah).

Most people should know by now that the Koch brothers are behind the funding of the Tea Party, just as a previous generation of the Koch family was behind the financing of the John Birch Society, the Liberty Lobby, etc., spreading neo Nazi filth to stealthily aid corporate America’s aims.  These groups were originally the instigators of that anti-Semitic movement promoting the fantasy that the Holocaust never happened!

This psycho killer lost his job, had his house foreclosed on by Wells Fargo, then blamed the Sikhs for his difficulties?

Now there’s your typical Tea Party/neo Nazi brilliance!

These easily manipulated people couldn’t identify the real enemy even if their name was tattooed on every surface of their bodies!

The seemingly mindless horror perpetrated locally mirrors that which is perpetrated globally.  We just witnessed the draft dodging and tax dodging Willard Mitt Romney go to Israel and rant like the war monger he seeks to be.

Romney reveled in promoting death and destruction on Iran and the people of that country.

What leads us to believe that Iran pursues nuclear weapons?

A so-called leak early in the last decade, tracked back to the deputy assistant secretary of defense, one Christopher Mellon.  That would be Chris Mellon, a member of the super-wealthy Mellon family.

So the super-rich Koch family has a lengthy history of promoting hatred and violence to profit their family, and we now note that a similar family, the Mellon family, is also culpable in the latest hate campaign against another country, rich in oil and radium.

Two families with a long involvement  in war profiteering, oil, finance, minerals, mining, etc., and today are still involved with promoting local and global aggression.

Why don’t we hear more of these facts from our so-called media?

Well, according to that “well respected” Pew Research Center, and one of their previous so-called studies, we have a “liberal media” --- guess that must be the reason, huh?

Just a darn coincidence that those Pew organizations, originally established with oil wealth, are chiefly funded by the oil companies.

So who would you recognize as the enemy?

To achieve a world free of demons, we must first identify the demons.


The buffet was organised to oppose the involvement of the bank in funding the production of controversial depleted uranium weapons. These weapons are both chemically toxic and radioactive, and have caused serious health consequences for both military and civilians.!


Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Well, by trotting out the old "Koch Brothers" boogeyman, you just torpedoed your credibility.

And by the way fucknut, the John Birch society was mostly right about everything, as it turned out.

boogerbently's picture

....not to mention his blame/hatred of the "tea party"!!

11b40's picture

The original Tea Party ws long ago hi-jacked by the far right wing of the GOP - the Dick Armey Texass Brigade.  He, along with Phil Graham & Tom Delay, did untold damage to America in the late 90's and early part of 2000.  They call themselves Patriots, but are actually just the opposite.  They are shills for the looting class.

The original Tea Partiers were well intentioned but naive.  I always found it amusing to see crowds of them protesting against government and taxes, while surveys of their opinions said 70% wanted the govt to keep it's hands of their socila Security and Medicaid.  Anyway, the sops at the top are in no way related to the rag-tag bunch that started the movement.

sun tzu's picture

Armey and Gramm could do nothign without Slick Willy and Robert Rubenstein approving. You brainwashed left wing idiots are comically stupid. On one hand you claim the 90's were great because of Slick Willy. Then you turn around and say the 90's were a disaster because of Phil Gramm

Bear's picture

Gramm, Armey, Clinton ... Crooks together ... 1999 repeal of Glass-Steagall

NidStyles's picture

How does a movement that has no real centralized leader get hi-jacked. I think you are watching too much TV to get information about the Tea Party. 

boogerbently's picture


I just identified one of the "demons".

pods's picture

I find it funny how someone tries to be taken seriously HERE by trotting out the tired false left-right paradigm.



NotApplicable's picture

Some people are just too well-defined by the box to ever understand there's life outside of it.