Turner’s Outdoorsman is a gun store/range just a couple miles away from where the San Bernardino shooting happened recently that left 14 dead and 21 injured. They’ve seen a surge in gun sales immediately following the tragic incident.
Politicians and media used the event to push for more gun control. But people haven’t completely swallowed all the propaganda. They’re fearful, but they’re not looking to the government for protection. They know when seconds count, the police are minutes away (and gun laws are light years away). Cliché, but true.
The sales of guns have soared since last week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino.
At Turner’s Outdoorsman gun shop less than 2 miles from the scene of the massacre, more than two dozen people lined up outside when it opened Tuesday morning. The interest in buying guns is so high since the shooting that people like Moreno Valley resident Milton Strickland have to take a number and come back.
“My children who are in their 20s decided they wanted to learn how to shoot,” Strickland explained. After the incident the other day, they figured it would be a good skill to have in case they ever get caught in anything like that.”
It’s a similar story at Riverside Magnum Range, where Syed Farook took target practice two days before he killed 14 coworkers and wounded 21 others. Sales there are up 60 percent since the massacre, according to the business.
After the massacre, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department received seven times the number of concealed weapons permit applications it normally gets, according to the Los Angeles Times.
At Turner’s, many of the new customers were women. Jennifer Gingras of Highland just bought her first weapon, a 9mm handgun. She said she will apply for a concealed weapons permit.
“All the stuff that’s been going on, the shootings in San Bernardino, and there’s been two bomb threats where I work” at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Gingras said. “It’s kind of sad that we’re feeling this fear in our hometown and in our own areas.”
Angelica Carrillo of Lake Arrowhead feels the same way. “After the shooting, we have to be prepared. You can’t mess around.”
While it’s interesting that Syed Farook practiced at Riverside Magnum Range just a couple days before the murder spree, they say it like that reflects badly on the gun store itself. As if the store somehow bares some responsibility for what happened at the Regional Inland Center. That would be like the media pointing out which grocery store chain was “responsible” for selling alcohol to a person who ended up getting drunk and killing someone with his car while driving.