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Firearms that Shaped the World

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Has there been a bigger innovation in weaponry than the firearm since the advent of steel? No, quite simply there hasn't been. From the earliest, to all modern conflicts, the firearm has its place in history and will forever. While the victor gets to write history and to they go the spoils, the loser has always had something to say in the matter given the effects of lead on human skin and all that it houses. From the gates of Vienna to the settling of the Western Frontier of the Unites States and the Viet Cong's ability to beat the world's most powerful army in the jungles of Vietnam, the firearm evens the score quite quickly or gives the underdog to ability to do harm when facing seemingly insurmountable odds. War is history and the firearm isn't going anywhere and unfortunately will likely be responsible for the next mass murder wherever that may be in the future. Have a look at what we're offering to test your knowledge and good luck to you.

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There is only one gun store in Mexico

In the entire country of Mexico, there is only one place where you can legally buy a gun. It is hidden in an inconspicuous building where soldiers work as employees.

Before entering, you must give up your cell phones, tablets, and cameras and pass through a metal detector. All of the guns are locked behind glass casing, and none are displayed on gun racks. Mexico's Constitution actually does give citizens the right to own a gun for self-defense and even hunting. However, getting one is no easy task when there is only one gun store in the country. It's called the Directorate of Arms and Munitions Sales, but advertising is banned in the country itself. No one wants anyone to know it's there.

In 2000, the store sold less than 550 guns. But obviously, word got out because, in 2015, it sold over 10,000. That is an alarming, though lucrative number.

The spike happened after the president declared war against the cartel. Most Mexicans state that they don't want a gun in their home. It only leads to trouble. From family accidents to government checkups to cartel break-ins. They want all ties with firearms severed completely. Many people don't believe that the authorities have the purity or the strength to stop the gun violence and prefer the gun-free Mexico. But others wish they could easily obtain a gun legally to protect themselves from the violence. They dislike the caliber limit, especially as well as the inability to conceal and carry. This is just asking for a thief to steal the firearm, some say.

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