17 Aug America Is Imposing New Sanctions on Gun Development Factories
Like everything nowadays, the firearm industry has become politicized by being used as a bargaining chip with international relations, agreements, and sanctions.
In a globalized world, countries rely more and more on each other for the imports and exports of goods. Many countries become the world supplier for a niche commodity, and as such, can use the influence of their niche market to shape political relations and power. Firearms are just another commodity and can be used just as politically as technology, food, and clothing niches, among many others.
However, just as those who hold the niche can use its power to influence political climates, those consumers also have the same power, and this is exactly what America has been doing with their gun consumption.
As is common knowledge across the world, America’s gun industry is in no way in danger of becoming a forgotten trade. With an estimated 402,952,178 guns amongst America’s general population, a number which surpasses the population of the country itself by 66,552,030, America’s gun trade is clearly alive and kicking.
With being such an avid consumer of guns, America’s consumer power is huge and, therefore, their ability to politically influence supplying countries is just as big.
One example of America using its consumer power to influence politics was in 2014 after a Russian firearms supplier was put under sanctions by the American government for the country invading Crimea. If the United States was a big enough customer of the supplier, their consumer power may have been large enough to greatly influence the politics of the invasion, and for America to assert its will. This is a tactic that America has been using for years, and one they will most likely continue to use in the future.
Using consumer power to influence politics isn’t just a tactic used by America; where there are suppliers and buyers, there will always be the dynamic for supplier and consumer power, especially in a globalized world.
An unforeseen impact of international sanctions is those who rise to fill the gaps in the market and those who find loopholes to fill them.
The company who received the sanctions moved their company and manufacturing over to the United States. This removed them from the sanction and allowed them to continue selling to their largest consumer. It also meant their advertising changed, becoming more America-centric, which meant the company integrated into the country seamlessly and would be hard to remove (via consumer-supplier power struggles). They joined American companies such as those known for the best scopes found on ConsumerEpic.com.
However, with the global pandemic, no one knows what’s in store for any supplier, regardless of the product. Global markets may change significantly, with new regulations on health and safety, handling, and shipment being put into place across the world. Many businesses have already shut down, and with more predicted waves of the virus, no one knows what will happen to the supply and demand of products.
With some speculation, some think the consumerist aspects of many western societies will be drastically changed; from less need for many products across the board to the lack of demand on many, normally in-high-demand, commodities. Even once the pandemic is over, global economies will take years to recover from the economic changes, so who knows when international trading will resume its normality again.
It’s clear that everything has the ability to be politicized, especially when drawn into international scales. Sanctions have the ability to determine the economy of whole countries, and supplier and consumer power are very much players in the political world. Though guns should never be used to play political chess, and their regulations all over the world should be much more stringent.