America’s most prominent gun control activist—Republican New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg—owns Bloomberg Media. It’s impossible to know how Hizzoner’s unrelenting antagonism towards civilian gun ownership affects his media empire’s coverage. Does Bloomberg (the man) tell Bloomberg (his employees) to spin, surpress or distort their gun coverage? Is there institutional racism—I mean anti-gun bias? Merkel Gunning for Germany as Luxury Rifles Draw Russians is another one of those Bloomberg business features where it’s impossible to know if Mayor Mike’s minions are laughing, sneering, cheering or jeering at the the firearms industry. For example . . .
Extravagance is a common theme running through the high-end clientele of German gun manufacturers. Some aristocrats want their castle engraved on their rifle, [Merkel Marketing Director Oliver] Schmider said, adding that gold inlay is increasingly in demand. One U.S. customer had an Indian chief on one side, a cowboy on the other and a bald eagle on the bottom, he said.
Blaser, whose sales have boomed in Germany in recent years, has followed through on a customer request to engrave a pair of bull testicles on a rifle. Other off-piste initiatives to boost the brand have included a cooperation with Jaguar Land Rover Plc, for which Blaser designed a special edition of the rugged Defender vehicle that’s limited to 60 units.
Which TTAG covered, ‘natch. Click here for that great moment in British history. And speaking of history, one wonders if Bloomberg’s Jewish ancestry made it necessary for his media mavens to focus on the German gun industry’s history of doing business with the Nazis.
Sauer, based in Isny in southern Germany, exports almost 70 percent of its production, and sale rose 8 percent last year. Founded in 1751, the company has provided rifles to monarchs including Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm II. Nazi Reichsmarschall and Reich Master Hunter Hermann Goering also favored Sauer guns, which featured inlaid swastikas during the Third Reich.
Merkel has also attracted a varied following. The company has provided rifles or components to King Juan Carlos of Spain, former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and Dwight Eisenhower when he was military governor of the U.S. Occupation Zone of Germany in 1945. Goering also went deer-stalking with a Merkel.
I guess that means that German guns are well-made and profitable but tainted by evil. Just like American guns. According to you-know-who.