Lines Out The Door, Strong Sales At Florida Gun Show Because Of Parkland Mass Shooting
There lines out the door and strong sales at a gun show in Tampa, Florida on Feb. 24, a couple of hundred miles away from the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 (video below).
The New York Times notes there were racks of AR-15 assault rifles, the same type of gun used by the Parkland mass murderer, on sale.
Quaidman Woody, a sales representative for CrossHeirs, explained why sales go up after a mass shooting in the U.S.:
It’s sad to say, but whenever there’s a shooting, business only goes up because people are afraid of losing their right to own a certain weapon. So even if they don’t need another AR, they’ll buy another AR or pieces of it.
Another gun seller, Kathy Fox, insisted “there’s nothing wrong with guns” and that “there are nuts everywhere.”
The U.S. leads the world in mass shootings and gun deaths, except for foreign war zones.
Many gun buyers and sellers told The New York Times that the problem with the massive gun violence in the U.S. is not guns, but rather violent video games, broken families. a lack of mental health screenings and people relying too much on government protection.
Some dealers tried to sidestep federal government law by carrying signs advertising personal firearms, which do not require background checks.
Don Hale told WFLA (video below):
I will not trust the government to be 100 percent. Just like we didn’t with this troubled young man recently. Any system is going to fail. All the other things about systems to track people who are unstable, I’m all for.
Florida Gun Shows organized the Tampa event.