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Gun sales in the nation increased amid the escalating unrest and protests that left many feeling they could not depend on the police to defend them.
As riots and looting overwhelm law enforcement in major cities across the U.S. in the week following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Americans began to buy more firearms to protect themselves. Lines outside of some stores selling guns and ammunition sometimes extended around the block with hours-long wait times.
“I’m out here probably like everyone else, want to feel protected, want to secure our houses,” a customer waiting in a line outside of a St. Louis area gun store told KMOV4-TV.
Another indicated he was waiting to buy a firearm because local business owners had asked for help to protect their shops from looters and rioters. David Dorn, a 77-year-old retired St. Louis city police captain, was tragically shot and killed Tuesday while defending a friend’s pawnshop.
President Trump honored Dorn in a tweet on Tuesday after the senseless killing.
Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/0ouUpoJEQ4
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020
A gun store in Long Island had a long line with a 4-hour wait for purchases early Tuesday.
Line up for a gun shop in Long Island right now. +50 people and over a 2 hour wait. pic.twitter.com/SOVAfoc3Gk
— Clarion Project (@clarionproject) June 2, 2020
Update: the wait line is up to four hours ⏰
— Clarion Project (@clarionproject) June 2, 2020
Gun stores in central Alabama reportedly saw a jump in firearm and ammunition sales on Monday following days of protests, even after increased sales during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Everyone is making ammo runs,” Russell England, owner of the Alabama Guns and Outdoors store, told AL.com.
“It’s been all week really. It started right after the TV started putting all these riots on TV,” Randal Murphree, owner of a gun store in Blount County, told the outlet. “Anytime there’s unrest, it seems like that’s when it happens.”
Gun stores in Illinois were reportedly running out of supplies as nervous residents flocked to buy firearms to protect themselves, fearing police would be unable to help them if they had to deal with looters.
(Source: Fox 32)
Gun stocks have also skyrocketed since the outbreak of violence following Floyd’s death, with Sturm, Ruger shares rising to their highest level since 2016 and Smith & Wesson’s stock jumped toward 19-month high.
Countless scenes of rioting, arson and mass looting have sent Americans to gun stores to stock up on defense supplies. Shocking scenes like that in Rochester, New York where a couple was set upon by looting thugs with planks of wood, backed arguments that citizens would be better equipped to handle the attacks if they were armed.
In California, residents of suburban Yucaipa took matters into their own hands and chased off a group of would-be rioters, and in Huntington Beach, protesters were told in no uncertain terms that they were not welcome. In New York City, a union police chief begged the president to send help as local law enforcement has been overwhelmed with mass criminal activity and “zero leadership.”
‘NYPD is losing the city.’ Defeated cops say it’s worse than 911: ‘If you don’t beg President Trump to take charge … we lose America’ https://t.co/IAZ1XcYfFA
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 3, 2020
“’You don’t need a gun to protect yourself, just call the police’ is curiously no longer something people are arguing,” attorney and former Army Captain James Hasson noted in reaction to long lines of gun store customers.
Many Twitter users agreed that the progressive argument against firearms seems to have hit a wall of reality.
The best time to buy a gun was three months ago the second best time is today.
— FrontRange (@K9fanboy) June 2, 2020
Im generally very liberal but not on this– I’m about to go buy my first gun as the world descends into chaos.
— Montgomery Montgomery 🧢 (@MontgomeryMont9) June 2, 2020
What is going on? If it was a gun problem & reckless American problem, would we not have bodies piling up? We don’t, because what many of has said repeatedly is true. Use of lethal force is the LAST resort & even in the face of chaos & destruction, we are hesitant to use it. 4/
— J.R. Holmsted (@JHolmsted) June 3, 2020
The gun control debate is over for the next 30 years. https://t.co/sXeRRupS2N
— Preston Byrne (@prestonjbyrne) June 2, 2020
Better late than never. Welcome to the #2A club, people!
— Antifa Blows Goats (@shibuya_john) June 2, 2020
Lawful and legal acquisition of self defense is the only way to defend against violent criminals that have openly shown they will destroy your property, steal your valuables and initiate physical harm to you and your family. The lines will get longer.
— Christoph (@N0QUART3R) June 2, 2020
Just remember, the Dems are the ones trying to not allow you to do this.
— B (@Texan__Pride) June 2, 2020
Took long enough but I’m sure a lot of people are thinking along those lines tonight. That’s what is gun owners have been trying to say for decades now.
— Vincent (@vking1985) June 2, 2020
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