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Americans are loading up on guns and ammo in the wake of race protests


Angel Rambert, 26, bought her first gun on Monday after weekend protests tore through Atlanta, demolishing storefronts and stirring civil unrest.

An AT&T store across from her apartment in Buckhead, Georgia, was ransacked, Rambert said. And owning a gun would give her a greater sense of safety.

"During the times we're living in, you just never know what might happen," Rambert said.

She was met with long lines at two nearby gun shops when she went to purchase a pistol. "At first, I was surprised at the number of people, but I was happy to see so many of us exercising our amendments," Rambert said.

She is part of a wave of Americans shopping for firearms as protests erupt across the country triggered by the death of 46-year-old George Floyd, who was unarmed when a white police officer pinned him to the ground with a knee to his neck.

Gun and ammunition sales have lifted since mid-March when the pandemic was declared. And higher-than-average sales continued through May. Now, there are signs that gun sales may start to surge again in June.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Wed Jun 3, 2020, 06:00 PM (34 replies)

Retired police captain shot to death at St. Louis pawn shop in slaying caught on Facebook Live



ST. LOUIS — A retired St. Louis police captain and municipal chief was shot to death by looters at a St. Louis pawn shop early Tuesday, and his killing apparently was broadcast on Facebook Live.

David Dorn, 77, was shot in the torso about 2:30 a.m. He died on the sidewalk in front of the shop, Lee’s Pawn & Jewelry, at 4123 Martin Luther King Drive.

Police have made no arrests and said they have no suspects. Authorities have announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

The killing north of downtown happened on a night of violence and destruction in St. Louis, as rioting followed protests over the Memorial Day death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Dorn was at the pawn shop to protect it from looting.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Wed Jun 3, 2020, 09:21 AM (10 replies)

Looters Snag 50+ Cars Including $100K Hellcats, Chargers, Challengers, And Trackhawks


More than 50 new high-performance Mopar models were stolen from a California Dodge dealership after looters shattered the showroom windows to snatch keys.

There's no denying that 2020 is a year for the history books that nobody in this lifetime could forget even if they tried. While we are still dealing with a global pandemic that has been spreading like a wildfire doused with gasoline, protests have turned into violent riots across the country following the recent death of George Floyd after his neck was pinned by the knee of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin during an arrest. Businesses, apartments, police stations, you name it, have been completely destroyed and/or set ablaze in cities everywhere. Adding insult to injury, people have turned to looting and ravaging businesses, even the small local stores that are already trying to stay afloat due to COVID-19 and the plummeting economy. One particular Dodge dealership located in San Leandro, California, was a recent target of such mayhem. Not only was the dealership heavily damaged, but more than 50 of their high-performance vehicles were stolen and driven right off the lot. That includes almost every single one of their Dodge Challenger Hellcats worth $100,000 apiece.

“Right now we’re thinking 50 [vehicles] … Gone," said Carlos Hidalgo, owner of the dealership. "We have trackers on them so we’re seeing which ones are out there. They’re running around everywhere.”

The town of San Leandro, set in between Hayward and Oakland, saw its fair share of the chaos. As mentioned above, their local Dodge dealership suffered a great deal as their showroom windows were smashed out allowing easy access to the keys for the most valuable vehicles on the lot. A large group of looters were able to take off with over 50 performance models and that includes almost every single $100k Dodge Challenger Hellcat in the dealership's inventory.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 06:10 PM (13 replies)

Florida sheriff warns potential rioters 'the people of Polk County like guns'


POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Florida sheriff addressed rumors on social media of riot activity trickling into residential neighborhoods Monday, warning would-be agitators that “the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns.”

“I would tell them, if you value your life, you probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County,” said Sheriff Grady Judd. “I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be inside their homes tonight with their guns loaded. And if you try to break into their homes tonight and try to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns.”

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office has extended the county’s curfew another night following a weekend of unrest and criminal activity.

“The death of George in Minneapolis at the hands of that police officer was outrageous,” Judd said. “Had that police officer done here what he did there, he would have been locked up in the county jail by sundown.”

“But Minneapolis is not Polk County,” Judd continued. “And I want to say unequivocally that the community here is unbelievable … But please understand, that if you come here to riot, to loot, to injure people, we’re going to lock you up in the county jail.”

Judd emphasized his appreciation for peaceful protests, but condemned those who were there over the weekend looting and rioting.

Polk County’s curfew goes into effect from 8 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 08:14 AM (1 replies)

Gun Sales Continue To Boom During The Pandemic


Americans bought more than 1.7 million firearms in May, according to estimates from industry analyst Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting. That is down from an estimated 1.8 million firearms in April, but an 80% year-over-year estimated increase.

The FBI says it performed more than 3 million background checks in its NICS database in May, more than 700,000 more checks than it performed in May 2019.

Many states run background checks on gun permit-holders, so background checks cannot be equated directly to gun sales.

Guns sales began to skyrocket in March, apparently driven by fears of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales were up in April, too, according to SAAF estimates.

Georgia State University Law Professor Timothy Lytton studies gun violence and says gun sales are likely being driven by two very different worries. Some people are concerned about heavy-handed government during a crisis and others are worried government services, like police, won’t be able to reach them.

And he doesn’t see the trend in sales going away.

“I think the current civil unrest is likely to stoke both of those fears even further and that we're likely to see increased sales of firearms continuing on through the summer,” Lytton said.

Two-thirds of gun-owning Americans said in a 2017 study by the Pew Research Center that they own their guns for “protection.”

Higher availability of guns could lead to an increase in violent crime like homicide, according to the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. Advocates and public health experts have also warned of the increased risk of domestic violence and suicide, especially in the midst of the pandemic.

Lytton said one area of concern is the number of first-time gun buyers at a time when many don’t have access to safety training because of the pandemic.

“One of the legacies of this that we might see is we might see additional firearms accidents or misuse of firearms by people who really aren't well-trained or equipped to use them,” he said.

Most of the May sales were handguns, which are generally used for self-defense. In fact the ratio of handguns to long guns, like rifles, was the highest it has ever been in SAAF estimates, at nearly two to one. That ratio has been steadily climbing since the early 2000s.

And, according to FBI numbers, the vast majority of background checks performed in May took place before protesters took to the streets across the country to protest police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

This story has been updated with additional information. Guns & America’s Heath Druzin contributed to this story.

Guns & America is a public media reporting project on the role of guns in American life.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jun 2, 2020, 12:01 AM (5 replies)

Uncle Hugo's Bookstore Burned Down in Riots (Oldest Science Fiction Bookstore in the US)


Uncle Hugo’s, the oldest independent science fiction and fantasy bookstore in the US founded in 1974, burned down during the recent riots protesting police brutality and racism in the wake of the recent shocking death of George Floyd during a police arrest in Minneapolis. As of May 30, at least 250 businesses across the Twin Cities had been damaged or destroyed. Some, including Uncle Hugo’s, were destroyed completely by fire or suffered extensive water damage. Uncle Edgar’s bookstore, a specialty mystery, suspense, and thrillers shop, which was housed within Uncle Hugo’s, is also gone.

Shit. That place was a treasure, with vintage books and magazines going back to the 1920's. Signed first editions as well.

Just ash now.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Jun 1, 2020, 08:31 AM (9 replies)

AG Barr orders ANTIFA leaders across the country apprehended


Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sun May 31, 2020, 10:09 PM (78 replies)
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