This probably won’t surprise anyone who reads Monderno, but there’s been a bit of a spike in gun sales in Ferguson, Missouri, ahead of a grand jury’s decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. And by spike in gun sales, I mean to the tune of 700%.
Gun sales have increased at a staggering rate in Ferguson, Missouri, ahead of a grand jury’s decision on whether or not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, the cop who shot dead unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Steve King, the owner of Metro Shooting Supplies in nearby Bridgeton, says he has sold 250 firearms this week.
That is a 700% increase over the 30 to 40 guns the store typically sells in a week.
You can read more here, but that’s…a lot. Outside of the obvious, here’s why this matters – the people who are rushing out buying guns are proving a couple points often made by those of us who are pro-liberty.
First, Police aren’t able to protect every single person 24/7/365. Most sane people understand this, and the people of Ferguson are doing something about it by taking at least some measure of responsibility for their own safety. Good for them.
Second, and perhaps most important in the long-run, who are these folks rushing out and buying guns? The answer is that most of them are first-time gun owners:
First-time gun owners account for about 60 percent of his recent customers, King said. Among them is Dave Benne, who on Saturday purchased a Smith & Wesson handgun as shoppers swarmed the 8,600-square-foot showroom.
Benne said he’s considered buying a gun for some time, but the events in Ferguson, a town that borders his community of Florissant and shares a school district with its neighbor, were the decisive factor.
“Everyone else has one,” he said. “I figured I’d better too.”
I think it’s safe to say a significant portion of the above 60% either weren’t involved on either side of the Second Amendment fight, or they were against us. I wonder how many were dyed-in-the-wool, card carrying Democrats that voted for anti-gun politicians?
What do you want to bet this experience has changed their mind a bit?