Personally I would avoid using carpet since it can retain many of the contaminates associated with gun cleaning. I guess I am thinking about solvents, lubes, powder residue and even lead. I clean my guns over newspaper and simply toss it when done. I have an endless supply since they deliver fresh each day and I get to start with a clean workspace.
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it ... gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
- Milton Friedman