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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:47 PM

Pawn Shop Owner: 'I Will Sell No More Guns-I broke into tears seeing types of firearms I'm selling'

SEMINOLE, Fla. - As a pawn shop owner, Frank James was always a big believer in gun rights and the second amendment. After all, it was his bread and butter business.

But after what he saw in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, he's had a change of heart. "I basically broke into tears and looked up on the wall, seeing the types of firearms I am selling," James said.

At the Loan Star Pawn store in Seminole, a glass display case that once housed several Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifles is now empty. The glass counters normally filled with handguns has been completely cleared.

"I'm not going to be part of it anymore," James said. He has several copies of the exact rifle suspected in the massacre.

http://wonkette.com/494735/florida-pawn-shop-owner-will-sell-no-more-guns-forever

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Reply Pawn Shop Owner: 'I Will Sell No More Guns-I broke into tears seeing types of firearms I'm selling' (Original post)
kpete Dec 2012 OP
HockeyMom Dec 2012 #1
Skittles Dec 2012 #2
Fumesucker Dec 2012 #4
WillyT Dec 2012 #13
laundry_queen Dec 2012 #19
relayerbob Dec 2012 #20
Canuckistanian Dec 2012 #36
Wait Wut Dec 2012 #3
freshwest Dec 2012 #9
Ibisa Dec 2012 #5
Wait Wut Dec 2012 #6
KT2000 Dec 2012 #8
bowens43 Dec 2012 #43
AtheistCrusader Dec 2012 #14
Ibisa Dec 2012 #40
Mr. Mojo Risen Dec 2012 #44
uponit7771 Dec 2012 #50
KT2000 Dec 2012 #7
MynameisBlarney Dec 2012 #11
Chorophyll Dec 2012 #10
libdem4life Dec 2012 #12
Thav Dec 2012 #15
Quantess Dec 2012 #18
Aristus Dec 2012 #26
Quantess Dec 2012 #32
Starboard Tack Dec 2012 #16
AverageJoe90 Dec 2012 #17
Major Nikon Dec 2012 #25
AverageJoe90 Dec 2012 #28
tavalon Dec 2012 #46
Thinkingabout Dec 2012 #21
TheCowsCameHome Dec 2012 #22
echo216610 Dec 2012 #57
TheCowsCameHome Dec 2012 #60
kydo Dec 2012 #61
Teehee123 Dec 2012 #23
calimary Dec 2012 #51
AmBlue Dec 2012 #24
Sekhmets Daughter Dec 2012 #27
a la izquierda Dec 2012 #31
Sekhmets Daughter Dec 2012 #34
a la izquierda Dec 2012 #35
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tavalon Dec 2012 #47
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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:54 PM

1. Florida needs more people like him

Why feed the gun culture in a state like Florida.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:55 PM

2. an honorable man

wish we had more of them on DU

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Response to Skittles (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:56 PM

4. +1

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Response to Skittles (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:53 PM

13. + 1,000,000,000 What You Said !!! - K & R !!!






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Response to Skittles (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:19 PM

19. Yep. nt

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Response to Skittles (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:54 PM

20. DU? I wish we had more of him everywhere!!

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Response to Skittles (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:52 PM

36. +1

Exactly.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:55 PM

3. I could kiss this guy.

“Conscience wins over making money.”

I don't know what his political affiliation is, and it doesn't matter. He has a fucking heart.

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Response to Wait Wut (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:31 PM

9. Agreed! “Conscience wins over making money.” An outbreak of sanity.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 02:58 PM

5. Question

I thought that the AR-15 was found in the trunk of a car, unused? What was the pawn shop owner reacting to?

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Response to Ibisa (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:01 PM

6. The murder of 20 children.

Also, you're incorrect. Here's a link to a RW site you might find interesting:

http://conservativebyte.com/2012/12/setting-the-record-straight-adam-lanza-did-use-the-bushmaster-ar-15/

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Response to Ibisa (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:06 PM

8. that was the initial report

that was found to be incorrect.

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Response to Ibisa (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:58 PM

14. A shotgun was found in the truck.

Not the AR-15.

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Response to Ibisa (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:05 PM

40. I guess you can pick whatever version you want from the media

OK, clearly we cannot trust anything that the press is putting out. Even the criminal's poor brother was accused. They really need to clean up their act on reporting. The brother is going to have all kinds of negative baggage that will haunt him for as long as he lives.

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Response to Ibisa (Reply #40)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:20 AM

44. Or you could just go with the coroner's report

Unless coroner's are also part of some vast liberal conspiracy. It's hard to keep up these days.

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Response to Ibisa (Reply #40)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:33 AM

50. not on the account of the ar15...it was used to kill those kids

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:05 PM

7. Our ex-police chief

owns the gun store in town. He is doing a brisk business.
He does not have the integrity that this man has for sure.

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Response to KT2000 (Reply #7)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:38 PM

11. Same here

There was an article in the paper about it.
Made me sick to my stomach.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:35 PM

10. For some people, shit gets real. This man had a reasonable human response to Newtown and

did the right thing.

Some people just won't ever get it.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:50 PM

12. When MSM does a feature on him, that would look like even more progress. I hope for a 100th Monkey.

effect. Still have the old book with the intended message and text written so a child could understand. Think of it with each positive individual anecdote and each societal shift we are now observing and experiencing in relationship to the issue of gun management/control and the protection of the public. May not even be true, but maybe it is.

"The claim is that unidentified scientists were conducting a study of macaque monkeys on the Japanese island of Koshima in 1952. These scientists purportedly observed that some of these monkeys learned to wash sweet potatoes, and gradually this new behavior spread through the younger generation of monkeys—in the usual fashion, through observation and repetition. Watson then claimed that the researchers observed that once a critical number of monkeys was reached—the so-called hundredth monkey—this previously learned behavior instantly spread across the water to monkeys on nearby islands."


"This story was further popularized by Ken Keyes, Jr. with the publication of his book The Hundredth Monkey. Keyes' book was about the devastating effects of nuclear war (add guns and weapons and WMD)on the planet. Keyes presented the hundredth monkey effect story as an inspirational parable, applying it to human society and the effecting of positive change. Since then, the story has become widely accepted as fact."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundredth_monkey_effect

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 03:58 PM

15. "The decision will be costly..."

Someone needs to get that guy an online shopping site, people will buy from him for doing this.

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Response to Thav (Reply #15)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:17 PM

18. Sad, but true.

All of this uproar appears to be good for business.

I believe the man, when he expresses grief for his line of work! It's tough to have guilt pangs and ambivalent feelings when you are trying to make a living. But what is he supposed to do? If he suddenly quits, another seller will fill in the gap.
And if people stop buying guns? Well, that makes the paycheck shrink and that is no good, either.

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Response to Quantess (Reply #18)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:38 PM

26. There was a radio commercial once that moved me to tears.

I forgot what product they were selling, but the theme of the ad was celebrating the extraordinary qualities of ordinary people.

One of the lines was: "For everyone who ever stayed with a job because they needed the money, or quit one because no amount would be enough."

This guy, and his simple, workaday nobility, reminded me of that line...

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Response to Aristus (Reply #26)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:00 PM

32. Probably all of us (at least the conscientious, thinking, aware, people)

have experienced a moment where we understood we were part of the larger problem, just a cog in the wheel.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:14 PM

16. +1000 The pendulum is shifting.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 04:16 PM

17. Guy's doing this because of his conscience.....

And to me, that makes him a honorable person in my eyes.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #17)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:28 PM

25. Events like these bring out those who were near the fence on it

I suspect he may have been wrestling with the idea for a while.

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Response to Major Nikon (Reply #25)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:44 PM

28. Agreed.

Perhaps this may turn out to be to gun massacres what Sandy was to climate change: Sandy's impact on N.Y.C. was quite devastating and really got a lot of people to reconsider their opinions. If Newtown can get people to question whether or not we really need 30-round magazine clips and fully automatic assault weapons, then that's a good thing in my view; TBH, I'm okay with handguns, rifles, shotguns, and even some semi-auto weapons, as long as their possession is well-regulated(and well enforced!), but I'd be alright with fully automatic weapons being banned, as long as it did indeed have a positive effect(there is, however, the problem of the black market.....).

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #17)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:43 AM

46. Mine too

Just right now, I don't care what his political affiliation is, he has had a Ghandi like moment and that is to be respected and honored.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:05 PM

21. This is the guy needed as CEO of the NRA.

Wayne LaPierre will never be the gentleman as the owner, very smart and compassionate.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:06 PM

22. How's that "frontlash" thing doin', NRA lovers?

Oh, not so good, eh?

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Response to echo216610 (Reply #57)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:56 AM

60. "dead economy"

Is that supposed to be an attempt at humor?

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Response to TheCowsCameHome (Reply #60)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 09:15 AM

61. sadly I think

the person you are questioning believes it as true. Which actually makes it really funning if it wasn't so sad. But in the end those types are stuck on stupid so why not laugh at it. Still you were too nice. Seriously its pretty clear the poster spewing nra talking points is not thinking straight. I mean really it be like me going to the nra site and saying ban all guns. I'd be shot. No really those loons would probably hunt me down and kill me.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:07 PM

23. I'm speechless...

 

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Response to Teehee123 (Reply #23)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 05:04 AM

51. Welcome to DU, Teehee123!

Glad you're here! Stunning, isn't it? Conscience trumps profit. How 'bout that. Guess he couldn't look his own six-year-old daughter in the face and continue with business as usual. How 'bout that.

How 'bout that.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:16 PM

24. Saw this in my local paper.

I was so encouraged by this man's integrity. I wish there were a million more like him. I will go out of my way to patronize his shop.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:38 PM

27. If only there were more like him.

Adam Pozner's mother gave an interview that should be required reading for everyone. Warning, part of this is heartbreakingly graphic

http://www.salon.com/2012/12/27/mother_of_youngest_sandy_hook_victim_gives_interview/

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #27)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:37 PM

31. oh my...

I am just speechless.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #31)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:21 PM

34. Sorry...

I debated all day about posting that link...but I think people need to know just how bad it was and what types of awful memories those parents will carry to their own graves.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #34)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:10 PM

35. It's an important read.

So thank you.

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Response to a la izquierda (Reply #35)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:23 PM

37. You're welcome....which somehow seems inappropriate doesn't it?

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #27)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:45 AM

47. Wow, that was gut wrenching

A parent's horror.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #27)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:09 AM

62. oh gosh

rip Adam

That was heart wrenching to read.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 05:47 PM

29. Gander Mountain

As my hubby and I were walking through Gander Mountain, as part of our mall walk, I rounded a corner and looked up, and there was a wall full of guns, almost the width of the store.
And there were lots of people buying guns, 2 days after those poor innocent children and staff were murdered in Sandy Hook.

I will never buy another thing from them and Walmart.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 06:37 PM

30. K&R

At the Loan Star Pawn store in Seminole, a glass display case that once housed several Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifles is now empty. The glass counters normally filled with handguns has been completely cleared.

"I'm not going to be part of it anymore," James said.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:16 PM

33. People get in and out of the business all the time.



I respect his choices for whatever reason.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 09:41 PM

38. Sometimes reality has to slap you in the face before you recognize it.

Mr. James has a conscience and is acting on it. I applaud him.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 10:17 PM

39. I bet he has no problem buying gold at half his selling price.

I also bet if some joe comes in and asks what he'd give to a 42" Sony he'd have no problem with that guy going out and charging it to a card and giving him half the price to buy drugs with.


On the plus side it's nice to see him take a stand on selling firearms if he feels that strongly.

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Response to ileus (Reply #39)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:08 PM

41. Kinda crapping on the guy...

but a good point you make. I rank pawn dealers on the same level as those payday loan ads run on TV which charge $78,000 for a $10,000 loan.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 11:23 PM

42. Innocent Murdered Children Is A Sobering Experience - Good For Him - Repeal The 2nd Amendment

eom

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:40 AM

45. Yay, good man!

Sure, his protest won't win the war but it's about effort, not outcome. Standing on principles often encourages others to do the same.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 12:46 AM

48. Reason hit me square in the jaw

 

As some may know, I used to support gun rights

I didn't own a gun, but didn't worry about them since I never dealt with them

Then came Sandy Hook, and this time, it stuck

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:08 AM

49. Goodness of heart over half his sales?

I can take that at face value, but when he mentions not putting his assault rifles out, I wonder where he's putting them. According to him, he'll simply no longer sell them at the shop.

Since I doubt that means he'll melt down rifles that may soon double in value, I have to assume he'll find another outlet after expected legislation is passed. The same thing happened in the '90s. There was a time when an assault rifle couldn't be found unless one wanted to pay a premium. Several other retailers have made the same statement lately. After the ban, they'll no longer be able to sell assault rifles anyway.

By coincidence, design, or by sudden moral conscience, these born-again defenders of gunshot victims stand to make a tidy profit if they hold on to them awhile. What's more, this guy is a pawn dealer, and no lower animal crawls across the face of the Earth... except maybe a JD Byrider salesman.

I'm sorry to be so cynical, but I've seen this movie before, and I know how it ends. Let's see them destroy the in stock weapons in front of those news cameras they summoned to the store, and I'll eat my words doused in hot sauce.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:07 AM

52. While I think its great that he

made this decision, the real question is what will he do with the inventory? Sell it off to be recirculated in the system, or melted down to make something useful like... whatever they make from melted guns.

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Response to seltzerwater (Reply #52)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 11:48 AM

64. Another question is

what he thought these guns were going to be used for all those years he was blithely buying and selling them? How many mass shootings did he need to remind him? 3? 4? 5?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:27 AM

53. The Needle & The Damage Done

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 06:30 AM

54. I'll bet that his insurance premiums go down as well

People breaking into/robbing pawn shops are often after guns as well as cash..

Good for him

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:31 AM

55. why

 

a pawn shop should not be selling guns in the first place

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Response to echo216610 (Reply #55)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:54 AM

59. Why not?

 

As long as the owner/operator is properly licenced to do so, what's the problem?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:35 AM

56. maybe he should be arming victims instead of criminals

 

the only thing that ever stopped a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun

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Response to echo216610 (Reply #56)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 08:53 AM

58. Some asshole said the exact same thing last week.

Hmmmm. Is that you, Wayne?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 10:10 AM

63. I Really Appreciate this Thread

I know gun owners and they all seem to agree something must be done to regulate gun sales and type of guns sold. Most have a conscience and see how their own rights effect others' rights to live. I believe this is a reasonable compromise.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Dec 29, 2012, 01:34 PM

65. A courageous act of moral integrity. May many follow his example. nt

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