It’s interesting to see how people respond differently to tragedies. In the wake of the Chattanooga mass murder, we heard the predictable calls by politicians to crack down on guns. They think that an inanimate object needs to be under more stringent controls so that it’s harder for people to have access to them. This is supposed to be a deterrent for criminals.
Other people see the tragedy as a reminder to better protect themselves and their families by stocking up on guns and ammo. They seem to understand better that criminals are always going to be able to get their hands on guns. And since that’s just the way it is, innocent people had better be able to defend themselves. Incidents like the one in Chattanooga where four Marines and a Sailor were murdered could happen at any time. It’s best to be prepared for such an incident.
In Chattanooga, gun sales have spiked following the shooting on July 16th:
According to News Channel 9, the buying spree began just hours after news of the Chattanooga attack broke. Carter Shooting Supply co-owner Kristi Manning said, “Thursday night, it immediately changed. It was honestly insane. I’ve seen it before. I’ve been doing this for 16 years, so I’ve seen it in the past where something tragic happens and people kind of panic and want to feel secure. And that’s what happened.”
Manning said the attack caught everyone unaware and renewed a focus on personal safety. She said, “We’re gun carriers, we’re the South, we’re Tennessee. We tote guns, we carry guns, we carry several guns. You’d never think it would happen here, but it caught us off guard.”
In addition to personal safety, New Channel 9 reported fears that the attack will be used to justify more gun control also contributed to higher sales.
Over the past weekend alone, Carter Shooting Supply sold “15 AR-15 rifles, 40 guns and 70 to 80 people signed up for the permit class.” Shooters Depot “sold 89 guns in two days, and 289 people signed up for the handgun carry permit class.”
Tennessee resident Michael Brown said, “You’re never going to take the guns out of the bad people’s hands no matter what you do, so I feel like we need to arm ourselves, and be prepared. I feel like if there were more people that had arms, there would be less crime. I may be wrong but that’s what I think.”
Mr. Brown is right. You’re never going to be able to disarm criminals through legislation. Because there are evil people out there, the solution is to get the government out of the way. Repeal bad laws that attempt to place stringent controls on guns and gun ownership. Like the 2nd Amendment says, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. Let people freely arm themselves for self-defense purposes without all the bureaucratic, government red tape. It’s better that everyone is armed than just criminals and government agents.