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Gun sales are booming in Ferguson right now

In the tense period before a grand jury decides whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown, St. Louis-area shop owners are preparing to face violence. But one business isn’t just weathering this tension, it’s thriving in it. That business is firearms.

In a typical week, Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Missouri sells 30 to 40 guns. That number has skyrocketed in November. According to owner Steven King, Metro sold a staggering 300 guns in the past seven days alone, many to first-time owners who also require lessons, safety training and basic handling instructions.

That’s a sales increase of 750%, and King has no illusions as to why it’s happening: “People are scared,” he told Mic in an interview. “When that [Darren Wilson] verdict comes down, they want to be able to protect themselves.”

And this is not an isolated trend | Follow micdotcom

Do you know how non-violent Black people are

1. A suburban neighborhood wasn’t burned down after last night 

2. There hasn’t been retaliation 

3. Sale of guns did not magically rise up 

4. We went to work and smile and interacted with these people in a civil fashion even though their ideas and institutions raised a man to kill 9 people in a fucking church.

 Man, Shout to all the Black people that are going to have to be civil, interact and play nice even when their hearts ache as they suppress and invalidate our anger

We suspect this will be less shocking to those of you already familiar with the violent crackdowns taking place in Bahrain, but most will likely find it discomforting nonetheless. Government officials from both the United States and Bahrain have insisted that the ordinance being sold by the Department of Defense couldn’t/wouldn’t be used against the Persian Gulf nation’s civilian population; however, some reports suggest that attacks with American weaponry have already occurred. source


How the market is disarming government

Today’s Outrageous Fact

Gun silencers may be essential equipment in spy movies, but in real life most countries ban citizens from owning them. And then there’s the United States. With the proper permits, the U.S. allows the noise suppressors in an astonishing 39 states. Last year, sales of silencers shot up by 37 percent—a hike attributed to the weapons and accessories buying spree incited by gun owners’ fear of a post–Newtown massacre weapons ban. While critics of silencers argue that the devices could give the next Adam Lanza the chance to kill quietly, the NRA and other proponents say otherwise. Their claim? Silencers protect your hearing, thereby improving shooting accuracy. Also, according to, it’s your right to own one.


A Major Disconnect: Violent Crimes, Public Perception, and the American Prisoner

The violent crime rate in the US has been steadily declining for decades. All types of violent crimes are seeing less occurrences not only per capita, but also less total instances, even with the rising population. The violent crime rate in the US has declined nearly 50% from 1991 until 2010, and while 2011 data is still preliminary, the FBI recently announced that there was yet another drop in violent crime (4%) from 2010 to 2011[i]. Yet, people still believe that crime is higher than ever, even though it is quite the opposite.

This is not a new phenomenon; results of a running Gallop Poll, asking people the question “Is there more crime in the US than there was a year ago, or less?” show that, for the past couple decades, the majority of people think that crime is getting worse and worse. The latest result (2011) revealed that 68% of people think there is more crime than there was a year ago, while just 17% say less. Compare this with 71% think there was more crime than a year ago in 2008, and 62% in 2002.

One thing that could be causing this difference of opinion and reality could be the US’s unbelievable, escalating prisoner rate. The United States has an incarceration rate of 743 per 100,000 people, as of 2010 data. This puts the US #1 in the world, with a rate 29% higher than that of 2nd place Russia. From 2000-2009 the number of prisoners in the US increased by 16% (Federal Prisoners increased by 43% while State Prisoners increased by 13%).

As of 2009, there were 188,000 prisoners in US Federal Prison, and fewer than 15,000 of them were in for violent crimes (7.9%)[iv]. A majority were in for non-violent drug-related crimes (nearly 100,000 or 51%). So while, by definition, the US is seeing a rise in “criminals”, it is not because of an increase in violent crimes, but is due to stricter punishments for petty, often victimless crimes.

The media has been very vocal about violent crimes and gun-related crimes recently, and it is interesting to point out that despite the drop in gun-related crimes, gun sales have likely not declined, but instead increased. While actual gun sale data is not available to the public, there are ways to estimate these including background checks and financial information of gun companies. The graph below shows that both background checks for gun sales as well as Smith and Wesson Holding Company both have upward trends from 2000 to 2011. Contrast this to the graph above which shows the downward trending of violent crimes.

Smith & Wesson sales surge amid political push for gun control
  • $14.6 M in net income for Smith & Wesson in the third financial quarter, the results of which were released today — a quarter which included the tragic massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. 
  • $4.4 M in net income for the company during the third quarter last year — meaning there’s been a tripling in income from one year to the next, broadly attributed to a rush of consumers fearing impending gun control legislation. source

Black Friday isn’t just when shoppers rush to stores for holiday sales. It’s also one of the busiest days of the year for gun purchases. In the U.S., there are nine guns for every 10 people. Someone is killed with a firearm every 16 minutes. And every minute, gun shops make about 40 new requests for criminal background checks on people wanting weapons.

Read more here.


On Thursday, Patricia Smith, mother of State Department employee Sean Smith, who was killed by terrorists in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012, called for a Congressional select committee to investigate just what happened that fateful night.

Writing to Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), Smith said, “Please, Please help me find out who is responsible and fix it so no more of our sons & daughters are abandoned by the country they love.” She specifically singled out for scrutiny then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinto, President Obama, then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Vice President Joe Biden. Here is the full letter, which includes the information that Sean Smith had told his mother about repeated requests for security in Benghazi:

A leading gun-control organization says repeat buyers most likely are responsible for the holiday surge in guns sales.

“The research we’ve seen indicates fewer and fewer people are owning more and more guns,” said Caroline Brewer of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “All the trends indicate the number of Americans who own guns has declined.”

“It would appear because of fear-mongering by the NRA since (President Barack) Obama’s election that people are adding more guns to their arsenals out of fear Obama and the Democrats will take away their guns, which is absurd,” said Brewer.


Gun sales at record levels, according to FBI background checks

What better way to honor the birth of Jesus than buying a gun?

Two days before Christmas, NICS ran 102,222 background checks, which was the second-busiest day in history. The one-day record was set this year on Black Friday, the big shopping day following Thanksgiving, with 129,166 searches.