NOLA Residents Rush To Buy Guns After Hurricanes


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romma
September 21, 2008, 08:11 PM
http://www.wfsb.com/weather/17524942/detail.html

NEW ORLEANS -- In the wake of hurricanes Gustav and Ike, some property owners in the metro New Orleans area have been stocking up on guns and ammunition, WDSU-TV reported Sunday.

"We saw a spike in the sale of guns, people coming in who don't normally buy guns and ammo," said Mike Mayer, owner of Jefferson Gun Outlet and Shooters Club.

Mayer said customers fit several categories, including those who intend to stay during a storm and those who want to ensure that they're not confronted by looters in an empty neighborhood when they return after a storm.

"In order to protect your family, to keep your family safe, of course they needed ammo for their guns, or guns if the didn't have guns just to make sure they were safe coming into an empty city or if they stayed, of course," Mayer said.

Crime and safety specialist Howard Robertson said the run on guns and ammunition is a perfectly human reaction for people who are frustrated.

"After Katrina, people said, 'We're going to protect our business,'" Robertson said. "Business owners said, 'Whatever it takes we are going to arm ourselves and protect our own businesses.'"

However, Robertson said there is a scary side to the run on guns and ammunition.

"You had a whole lot of people go out and buy guns with no prior training," Robertson said. "So you have people out there now with guns that aren't familiar with the safeties, aren't familiar with the difference between a single action and a double action. Everybody wants an automatic because that's the fancy gun."

But Robertson said the automatic is the gun that requires the most training. He said anyone who buys a firearm should get training for their own protection and the protection of their children.

First-time gun owners, Robertson said, should bypass automatic weapons and purchase a single shot revolver instead. He said there's less chance of an accidental shooting with that type of gun.




Interesting and informative and I don't detect bias suprisingly.

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Poper
September 21, 2008, 08:15 PM
First-time gun owners, Robertson said, should bypass automatic weapons and purchase a single shot revolver instead. He said there's less chance of an accidental shooting with that type of gun.
What is a "single shot revolver? :confused:
Can't say as I've ever seen one. All mine hold 5, 6, 7 or 9 rounds....

Poper

Sistema1927
September 21, 2008, 08:16 PM
First-time gun owners, Robertson said, should bypass automatic weapons and purchase a single shot revolver instead. He said there's less chance of an accidental shooting with that type of gun.

Don't you just love it when reporters know nothing whatsoever about firearms terminology?

sacp81170a
September 21, 2008, 08:30 PM
purchase a single shot revolver instead. He said there's less chance of an accidental shooting with that type of gun.

Well, taken as a whole, the statement is true since the chances of an accidental shooting with a gun that doesn't exist are effectively nil. Well, unless it were a single shot because it's broken, but then why would you buy it?

sacp81170a
September 21, 2008, 08:31 PM
purchase a single shot revolver instead. He said there's less chance of an accidental shooting with that type of gun.

Well, taken as a whole, the statement is true since the chances of an accidental shooting with a gun that doesn't exist are effectively nil. Well, unless it were a single shot because it's broken, but then why would you buy it?

(Hmm, single shot revolver. Now there's an oxymoron.)

Stevie-Ray
September 21, 2008, 08:38 PM
The only gun that can remotely be considered a single-shot revolver is the Ruger Hawkeye, which is no longer produced. It was in .256 Mag. Maybe a few others could fit this description as well as the Hawkeye, but if there are any, I don't know about them.

A Hawkeye in pristine condition now would be worth a considerable sum.

romma
September 21, 2008, 08:41 PM
Maybe the single shot revolver comes with a concealed carry badge.

nalioth
September 21, 2008, 08:45 PM
First-time gun owners, Robertson said, should bypass automatic weapons and purchase a single shot revolver instead. He said there's less chance of an accidental shooting with that type of gun.
Don't you just love it when reporters know nothing whatsoever about firearms terminology? It's even funnier since the reporter didn't say it.

Crime and safety specialist Howard Robertson said the run on guns and ammunition is a perfectly human reaction for people who are frustrated.

JDoe
September 21, 2008, 08:48 PM
Everybody wants an automatic because that's the fancy gun.

I don't.

BAT1
September 21, 2008, 08:52 PM
Is that like the rifle that shoots around corners?

davepool
September 21, 2008, 10:18 PM
BAT1
There actually is a rifle that shoots around corners.

Finally, someone admits that my Glocks are "Fancy"

Car Knocker
September 22, 2008, 01:28 AM
It's even funnier since the reporter didn't say it.

Ever heard the term "misquote"?

VARifleman
September 22, 2008, 01:47 AM
nalioth, he is a reporter for WDSU.

Zundfolge
September 22, 2008, 01:50 AM
Is it possible that the guy said "Single shot OR revolver" and it just got misprinted?

nalioth
September 22, 2008, 01:53 AM
nalioth, he is a reporter for WDSU.

Crime and safety specialist Howard Robertson is a reporter for WDSU, too?

VARifleman
September 22, 2008, 01:57 AM
That's who I was talking about, he runs a program called crime check your home or something like that.

nalioth
September 22, 2008, 02:13 AM
I was just going by the info in the article.

Intrepid Dad
September 22, 2008, 05:02 AM
It's even funnier since the reporter didn't say it.

Ever heard the term "misquote"?

I agree that the Crime Specialist was likely misquoted. It seems hard to believe anyone who has a knowledge of guns, much less an expert, would make such a mistake.

crebralfix
September 22, 2008, 09:25 AM
OH, they used the "scary" word again!

Scary! Scary! Scary! People have guns without government mandated training!

Scary! Scary! Scary!

Is it just me, or are Liberals afraid of everything?

buzz_knox
September 22, 2008, 09:33 AM
I agree that the Crime Specialist was likely misquoted. It seems hard to believe anyone who has a knowledge of guns, much less an expert, would make such a mistake.

Believe it. Ever heard a cop describe something as an automatic weapon, or an armor piercing round?

Besides, being a crime specialist does not convey anything at all about knowledge of weapons, but instead only on crimes and criminals.

Beatnik
September 22, 2008, 09:49 AM
I'm more inclined to believe that the original wording was "single action". I find it hard to believe that anyone would recommend a single shot for defensive purposes.

But I agree with the sentiment... it's a shame that noobs never give the DA 357 its day in court. Whenever someone asks me what gun to buy, I tell 'em, go with the one that takes 5 minutes to learn, and does the job.

ZeSpectre
September 22, 2008, 09:58 AM
When Ike was rolling in I posted a few articles about folks going for firearms and ammo as disaster supplies. Not only did some folks call "BS" on me, but I got a few "interesting" PMs "explaining" to me how it was complete nonsense that folks would go for guns rather than the usual stuff (water, food, plywood).

I've been having a bit of fun going back to those same folks and sending them these links.

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