Since the death of teenager Michael Brown and the riots that ensued, Ferguson residents are feeling uneasy. Shop owners are nervous about more rioting and families concerned about the safety of their relatives are arming themselves more than ever, with guns capable of holding more rounds and faster firing.
CNN reports on the rising rates of gun ownership in and around Ferguson,
“I bring an extra gun now only because it has a bigger magazine,” McMullen says. He began carrying it after tensions increased in the area following the shooting. He says he would never use it to protect his business, but he would use it to save his life.
“So maybe I get trapped here or something and have to have a John Wayne shootout,” McMullen says before interrupting himself, smiling. “That’s the silly part about it: Is that going to happen? Not a chance. But I guess, could it? I’m the only white person here.”
On Monday, Steven King, who owns Metro Shooting Supplies told CNN that customers bought 100 guns this weekend. A typical weekend brings in about 30 buyers.
As with most of the media reporting of the shooting death of Brown, CNN manages to get a very crucial part of the story wrong. They report, “People are afraid they are gonna throw Molotov cocktails,” says King, referring to the mostly nonviolent protests that have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting.”
Nonviolent protests? Why would residents be rushing to arm themselves if there have been “mostly nonviolent protests” up until this point in Ferguson? Here are some images from those “mostly nonviolent protests” – you can decide how accurate CNN’s take on the nature of these protests is:
If you lived in Ferguson, would you be arming yourself before the grand jury convenes?