Gun sales are booming

September 29, 2008
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The ongoing crime wave in Indianapolis has resulted in a surge in gun sales, WXIN-TV Channel 59 reports.

With each big crime comes another spurt in purchases.

Indianapolis police say applications for first-time permits in July were up 15 percent from a year earlier. At Donâ??s Guns, sales have roughly doubled.

What do you make of it?
  • I think it's part of a growing sense that we haven't even begun to see the worst of times economically. If things really take a turn for the worse, we'll see crime like we've never seen it before and a lot of people want to be prepared to protect themselves. (Or at least pretend they can)
  • This increase in crime also points out another need - that for a thorough inventory of your assets. Whether you are a business owner, home owner or renter, burglaries happen. When they do, you will be required to provide a list of your belongings that were stolen. Can you remember what is missing? Most don't recover fully because they don't have this information readily available. Create your inventory of your belongings today! Be prepared so you can recover financially.
  • be a man. use your fists.
  • I just went back and read the linked article and I have a word of advice for those buying their first gun for home protection - forget handguns and buy a shotgun. Handguns are difficult to fire accurately for all but expert users, especially so in a stressful situation. Shotguns don't require marksmanship... just get close. And better still, get a pump-action gun. Chances are an encounter can be avoided if an intruder simply hears the sound of the pump being cycled - they will know that sound and won't want to stick around to find out what's going to happen to them.
  • Doug, I remember (somewhat) a night that I tried to defend myself against two thugs with just my fists. I awoke some time later in a pool of my own blood from two large gashes in my head as well as about a dozen large welts across my back from the club they used on me. If only I had a gun, there never would have been a single fist thrown. They would have left me alone or wound up in a pool of their own blood. Thankfully this was when I was in my early 20's and not married with children. I don't plan to risk my life or those of my wife and children on the rediculous idea that I would be a man by not being prepared to defend those I am bound to defend by whatever means necessary. If something similar is about to happen to you, I hope another person will be there with a handgun to protect you.
  • The 2nd amendment gives us the right to bear arms to protect our person and personal property and to guard against the rising of an oppressive and too powerful federal govt.
  • Doug, are you kidding me? If you want to risk your family's safety while you be a man, go ahead. Me personally, I will use the most effective means of defense I can to protect the people I care for.

    For the rest that might agree with me, read Don's advice again. It is very sound.

    I think we will find that the public in general's confidence in both safety and economically are very low. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

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