St. Louis residents are increasingly taking their safety into their own hands as Ferguson looks primed for a new set of riots.
Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as fearful residents await a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.
Metro Shooting Supplies, in an area near the city’s main airport, reports selling two to three times more weapons than usual in recent weeks — an average of 30 to 50 guns each day — while the jury prepares to conclude its three-month review of the case that sparked looting and weeks of sometimes-violent protests in August.
“We’re selling everything that’s not nailed down,” owner Steven King said. “Police aren’t going to be able to protect every single individual. If you don’t prepare yourself and get ready for the worst, you have no one to blame but yourself.”
Ferguson aside, this is a large part of what the Second Amendment is there for. The Founders knew that it wasn’t possible to have a cop on every corner, nor was it particularly desirable, especially to those liberty-loving men. They knew that the best way for a person to protect himself against criminals is to be armed himself.
And the people of St. Louis are realizing that, as well. They appear to have decided that their best defense is a gun, not a cell phone with 911 on speed-dial. They are apparently willing to risk being pilloried by the leftistmedia the way Darren Wilson has been in order to keep themselves and their families safe. As the old adage goes, it is better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.
One wonders how many lawsuits and riots will occur as a result of law-abiding citizens defending themselves against the mob that appears ready to strike again.