If you read the news, it looks like there are more and more reasons to believe we’ll be seeing another post-Obama election style public gun buying frenzy. Only instead of purchases being driven by a potential Obama ban, another reason is shaping up, namely: municipal and state budget cuts are reducing police forces.
People need only look to cities like Oakland, California, which has both a high crime rate and a police force recently reduced by 80-some officers due to budget concerns. Read these quotes from Oakland residents quoted in the link:
“Citizens need to start walking in pairs, know their neighbors and communicate with one another,” Sidebotham, a longtime Oakland resident, said. “They are their own first line of defense.”
Kim Hung and her husband Nghi Van Hung own Kim Hung Jewelry on Franklin Street in Chinatown. Nghi says their store was robbed five years ago and the thieves got away with $50,000 worth of jewelry. After that, he went out and bought a shotgun to store in the shop just in case.
“It’s going to be hell in Oakland,” Williams said. “You don’t think there’s going to be mayhem? You ain’t seen nothing.”
“People are getting worried. It’s the number one talk right now,” Krugar said as he stood in front his store Pizza Rustica.
Reduced police forces are happening elsewhere as well:
Add to this news groups like the Second Amendment Foundation sending out notices with “time for citizens to ‘arm up'” in the subject heading, stating:
This is not a call for anarchy but for a return to reality. Too many in public office have tried to create their Utopian dream on the backs of taxpayers, and at the expense of basic public needs. In the process, they have squandered fortunes on projects that were good for a headline, but didn’t work and accomplished nothing.
There is a saying in the firearms community: “When seconds count, police are minutes away.” This is about to change, in Oakland and elsewhere that police agencies are financially strapped and facing reductions in staff and service. Rural agencies may be hit the hardest. When seconds count, police may be hours away, if they come at all. Faced with that potential, citizens have two choices: submit to victimization or fight back.
And you have the making of yet another public gun buying frenzy. Maybe it’s a good time to buy Smith and Wesson stocks? Over the past year Smith and Wesson Holding Company (ticker symbol SWHC) shares have gone from $6.50 down to roughly $4.00. This could be a good time to bulk up not on GUNS, but on gun company STOCKS ….
– Ranger Man
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Oh well …. it works now.