Gun Sales Spike in Missouri Because of Ferguson Violence

| by Michael Allen

Gun sales have skyrocketed in Missouri following the looting, protests and shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

According to Al Rothweiler, owner of Mid America Arms in St. Louis, gun sales increased by 50 percent on Tuesday. Customers were mostly stocking up on semi-automatic handguns and shotguns.

“The things that have gone on have made people act, but I don't like selling on fear,” Rothweiler told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“Sales have been absolutely amazing for three days,” said John Stephenson, of Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Mo., who added that business was “through the roof."

"I've had shipments come in every single day this week, and that’s not normal," Steve Walsh, owner of Ruby's Guns in Ellisville, Mo., told The Huffington Post.

"I'm about to fill up the back of my Suburban with a whole bunch of handguns and shotguns," stated Walsh. "Because of the rioting, everyone's nervous up here now."

However, Mother Jones reported in 2013 that studies show "states with the highest gun ownership rates have a gun murder rate 114% higher than those with the lowest gun ownership rates. Also, gun death rates tend to be higher in states with higher rates of gun ownership. Gun death rates are generally lower in states with restrictions such as assault-weapons bans or safe-storage requirements."

Sources: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Huffington Post, Mother Jones (Image Credit: TCN7JM)