Gun sales near the scene of riots over the police shooting of a black teenager are soaring as residents of all ages and races buy weapons for self-protection.
Steve King, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Mo., said his sales have exploded since mobs of looters rampaged through neighboring Ferguson on Sunday night into Monday morning.
“Probably a dozen or two dozen guns to females, single mothers. We’ve sold to black people, white people. We’ve sold to Asians who have businesses on West Florissant,” King said in an interview with KMOX.
“They’re buying AR-15s, home-defense shotguns, handguns, personal defense handguns, something for conceal carry,” he said.
And in a story that should be a major part of the conversation but will likely never get a hearing on MSNBC or in the pages of the New York Times, King told KMOX how the violence affected older blacks in the area.
One elderly black customer who came into the store said the riots were a disgrace to the whole community.
“`This is embarrassing, all these little thugs running around making us look bad,’” King said the man told him. “ ‘I’ve lived here my entire life, I’ve never had any problems, and now I feel I have to buy a gun to protect myself … I’m not going to lose my home to these people.”
In a separate interview with KSDK-Channel 5, King said the purchasers’ had a simple goal.
“They’re afraid for their lives … and they’re trying to stop whatever threat they may encounter,” he said.
Check out King’s interview with KSDK here.
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