"Never Seen Such A Large Crowd": Record Numbers Flock To Florida Gun Show After Shooting;

A record number of firearms enthusiasts made their way to the Florida State Fairgrounds this weekend to attend the Florida Gun Show, amid a fierce national debate over gun rights following the Valentine's Day massacre at Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida. 

Organizers say almost 7,000 people attended on Saturday, with Sunday's tally expected to be higher. Organizer Steve Fernandez said they've never seen such a large crowd - however it's possible that the cancellation of next month's show in Fort Lauderdale may have attracted concerned citizens. 

Somewhat ironically, this was to be expected considering the massive effort by gun control advocates to erode as much of the Second Amendment as they can in the wake of the Parkland shooting - never letting a crisis go to waste and all that. President Trump's recent advocacy for more stringent background checks, a 10-day waiting period and raising the age limit on the purchase of guns following the Parkland shooting likely fueled concerns over a "slippery slope" of firearms legislation.

Florida lawmakers such as Senator Bill Nelson (D) have called for stricter laws to fix the so-called "gun show loophole" which allows people to purchase firearms without a background check. While federally licensed vendors at a gun show are still required to run background checks (FFL), private sellers without a federal license do not have the same requirement in 40 states. (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., New York, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington all require private sellers to conduct background checks). 

“Some of the people attending are afraid that future legislation will impact their gun ownership rights,” said Fernandez. That said, 95% of the vendors at this weekend's Florida Gun Show are required to run background checks since they are licensed dealers. 

Also of note, suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz passed a background check before legally purchasing a semiautomatic AR-15 style rifle.

“This was a mental health issue. This is someone who should have been identified from the beginning by law enforcement,” says Fernandez.

In any event, google searches for both "buy a gun", "buy AR15", as well as "second amendment" just hit all time highs.

Interest in firearms ownership also spiked following President Obama's 2008 election - as a flurry of "gun control" headlines resulted in a flood of purchases - as evidenced by number of FBI background checks conducted following the 2008 election - a phenomenon which spiked after every mass shooting or act of domestic terrorism:

Indeed, Obama was jokingly referred to as the "best gun salesman in America," with 52,600 weapons sold daily under his administration as of June 2016.

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Wall St. pushes back

Following the Parkland massacre, over a dozen major companies cut ties with the NRA, including Delta, Hertz and MetLife. Wall St. is no exception. In addition to Bank of America "reexamining relationships with clients who make AR-15s," Blackrock - the world's largest money manager - and the largest shareholder in gunmakers in Sturm Ruger & Company and American Outdoor Brands (Smith & Wesson) said it will speak with both manufacturers  about their response to the Florida shooting. 

Gunmakers may also come under pressure from pensions - such as Florida's state pension, which holds shares of American Outdoor Brands. As Bloomberg put it, "as Florida teachers grieve over the mass shooting that left 17 students and colleagues dead last week, some of them may be surprised to learn they’ve been helping fund the firearms industry—including the company that made the gun used that bloody Wednesday."

Investment giant Blackstone Group, LP asked outside fund managers at a dozen hedge funds to detail their ownership in companies that make or sell guns, requesting answers by Sunday night - a one day turnaround. 

Perhaps this explains why both shares in Ruger (RGR) and American Outdoor Brands (ABOC) have remained depressed in light of the predictable bump in sales which correspond with the renewed debate over gun control.

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For reference, American Outdoor Brands and Ruger are down roughly -7% and -5% YTD respectively, while the S&P 500 is up 5.64%. 

Meanwhile, guns are flying off the shelves...

 

Comments

Jim in MN stant Mon, 02/26/2018 - 00:17 Permalink

We really need to nail these globalist elite scum sucking traitors before there's a REAL war in this country.

Praying....and digging....and fighting.....

Fighting for world peace and prosperity.

 

It's closer than you think.   Now is, indeed, our last peaceful chance.  Let's make it count.  For the kids.  The Shopkeepers.  And the Schoolteachers.  All over the world. 

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nmewn I am Groot Mon, 02/26/2018 - 06:37 Permalink

lol...fucking Piers Morgan, what a foreign born, detestable, demonic little street urchin...

Piers Morgan@piersmorgan

Just 3 days after Florida's worst ever school shooting....Floridians flood to a gun show to further arm themselves with high powered assault weapons.

10:59 AM - Feb 18, 2018

...its like he prefers to remain willfully stupid for the rest of his life.

Why wouldn't Floridians arm themselves after finding out cops with guns REFUSED to engage the shooter?

And you need a Class III to buy or sell an "assault weapon" legally anywhere in the United States Piers (you spittle spewing Queens subject-of-a-jerk-off) and the AK/AR rounds are not "high powered". 

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Dilluminati nmewn Mon, 02/26/2018 - 07:56 Permalink

All good points.  The elite wants to first do you thinking for you, then they reach and propose running your life, and then finally making decisions on your health and welfare, and then right to self preservation.  It is a fact that a cop in the means of self-preservation doesn't have much in it for himself taking on a gunman alone.  It is another fact that someone cornered with a gun and FORCED to fight for self-preservation will do so.  I was fortunate to have taken mass-shooting training, I want to believe that those armed security would respond, would pull out victims, what I'm seeing instead is the opposite in Vegas and in Florida where the LEO's waited to engage the murder rampage in progress and allowed the victims to bleed where they fell.

The same "gun control" idiot who wants to control make and model will want to subsequently control access to all guns as their approach is incorrect, it is like opiod control where these people are suggesting smaller pills be made ignoring the obvious that in handfuls there remains a problem. What of machetes? Or other weapons?  Again the solution isn't in the "make and model" as if car safety can be legislated by the same approach where we all end up walking instead.

If you want to promote teen safety take away their fucking cell phones.  You would save more lives but the corporate media would not discuss that fact.

All the quality Ar's cannot be found: (Out of stock) and that is what real control looks like, supply and demand!

SAVAGE MSR 15 RECON BLACK .223 / 5.56 NATO 16.125-INCH 30RD

I don't believe any longer the fable that law enforcement will be there for you, they will be home for dinner, be home to hug their children, you unfortunately if disarmed will bleed out where you fell after being instructed to fight back to survive with items found in your office.  

This is a harsh truth folks, the cops in Vegas waited in a stairwell, the cops in Florida waited outside..  I'll not wait to protect myself and my family and don't want second rate firepower for self-preservation.

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2018/02/25/deputy-didnt-heart-go-thats-n…

Here is the official position of law enforcement: "If Deputy Didn’t Have the Heart to Go In, That’s Not My Responsibility."  Well that pretty much sums up who you can count on.

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Endgame Napoleon Dilluminati Mon, 02/26/2018 - 08:42 Permalink

You constructed a good argument, but I have seen very few cases where ordinary, non-military people successfully defended themselves with firearms. When forced to defend themselves, many people either freeze or are caught off-guard, with reflexes insufficient to stop a determined, evil murderer in the moment. Harsh truth.

Maybe, the fake news media avoids describing self-protection scenarios that support the more extreme version of the pro-gun-rights narrative. I would not put it past them at all, but the only recent incident I remember where an armed individual, as opposed to a military person or a policeman, stopped a mass shooter from escaping was that Texas church shooter. That was after he had savagely murdered even more people than the gunman in the Florida school shooting.

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TheReplacement Endgame Napoleon Mon, 02/26/2018 - 09:43 Permalink

Perhaps that is partly because when it happens the death toll is very low.

It does happen.

It IS partly because the media do not report it on a national level.  We all know that is because they are on the gun control side.

 

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=gun+owner+stops+mass+shooting&t=ffnt&ia=web

It is 2018.  You should know how to use the internet by now.

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A Sentinel Endgame Napoleon Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:09 Permalink

Interesting point about freezing. My training is minuscule->non-existent but there have been two occasions where when faced with danger (to those that I protect) and one where a weapon was involved my (utterly untrained) reaction was fluid and instantaneous: gun out, forward, safety off in carry and single warning (which was appropriate along the lines of “This is loaded and the safety is off. Back away and get out. Now.”) issued. An invader would get no warning, by the way.

I see your point. I’m an oddball at the least. But while I think that reaction is probably trainable, not everyone lacks a natural defensive instinct. And it is a chore to carry — a constant awareness of it is necessary especially with kids around — but I do it like buying a negative lottery ticket: if something goes wrong, it would suck much worse not to have it.

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Dilluminati Endgame Napoleon Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:02 Permalink

You are showing signs of the alternate cognitive bias.

https://www.theblaze.com/

Almost daily there is a gun-owner who defends themselves.

  1. How many home invasions were stopped by guns?
    The government doesn't put a lot of emphasis on defensive gun use. Estimates show that 500,000 to 3 million defensive gun uses occur each year.
  2. How many times do victims use a gun to scare their offender?
    A shocking 2.5 million victims use a gun to scare their offender. That's almost 5 law-abiding citizens a minute. However, victims only shoot their offender 8% of the time. They mostly use the firearm to scare their offender away.

https://www.creditdonkey.com/home-invasion-statistics.html

These are non-biased facts but the real number is the amount of people who use a gun to PROTECT themselves.

5 law-abiding citizens a minute

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A Sentinel Dilluminati Mon, 02/26/2018 - 09:10 Permalink

I suspect that they’ve penetrated a bunch of le agencies, and if you’re talking local cops, who’s normal risk of violent death at work is incredibly low, they’ll be easily subverted into a cowardly thug force-I bet that they anticipated having the military too though (Hilary wins) and would have been disappointed by their lack of ability to turn them against us citizens in the us.

Theres a scheme unraveling (or unwinding.)  As dnc, dsw, Russia-gate, uranium and Hilary play out, so does their time. Someone will spill the whole can of beans and then that’s it. They have limited time and their hand is being forced.

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A Sentinel nmewn Mon, 02/26/2018 - 09:00 Permalink

I’m thinking that the incident was expected (planned if you call a spider catching a moth planning) but filmed unexpectedly. “Stand-down” increases bloodshed, and they were ready with cnn and a town-show but the nasty evidence of standing down, unintentionally caught on video, completely and obviously undermines the narrative.

And you’re right of course about ar (.223) being safer. Rounds won’t penetrate to your neighbors’ houses: 308 might. 223 and ar were designed to wound, not to kill, as dod realized that a dead soldier reduced enemy numbers by one:  a wounded soldier reduced enemy numbers by more than 1.

Anyway, it seems like yet another horribly executed plan of theirs.

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Chupacabra-322 A Sentinel Mon, 02/26/2018 - 10:52 Permalink

Justices Rule Police Do Not Have a Constitutional Duty to Protect Someone

By LINDA GREENHOUSEJUNE 28, 2005

WASHINGTON, June 27 - The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the police did not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm, even a woman who had obtained a court-issued protective order against a violent husband making an arrest mandatory for a violation.

The decision, with an opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia and dissents from Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, overturned a ruling by a federal appeals court in Colorado. The appeals court had permitted a lawsuit to proceed against a Colorado town, Castle Rock, for the failure of the police to respond to a woman's pleas for help after her estranged husband violated a protective order by kidnapping their three young daughters, whom he eventually killed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2005...

 

Where are the Surveillance Video Footage? Outlaw & abolish all Law "Drills" on all College, University & School grounds. There's plenty of LEO training facilities to conduct their "Drill" training. As a Father & Parent I demand they produce the Surveillance Footage. 

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A Sentinel Chupacabra-322 Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:21 Permalink

Absolutely. In a pinch, who needs a court case to prove that? 

What they’re bound by is an oath. When people believed in God, even during temple Judaism, oaths were very heavy duty things. Not being aware of the meaning of an oath means that one will not take it seriously.

Yet society still relies on oaths - and that’s just dumb. We need real treason laws, real promise enforcement, and it needs to begin with the lousy bastard judges who betray their oath of duty on a daily basis.

the decision you site is an acknowledgement by the court that they don’t value oaths- so that begins with their own.

we need a clean judicial slate, somehow.

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nmewn JSBach1 Mon, 02/26/2018 - 06:48 Permalink

LMAO!

What a juxtaposition between the two sides.

On the one side, pussyhat wearing useful idiots vigorously stroking their emotional support hamsters demanding "someone else" take care of them even after that "someone" has failed.

On the other side, people seeing the failed response saying fuck it then, I'll take on the responsibility of protecting myself.

Yes! 

When the shits in the wind, with bullets flying this way & that, what is really needed is one moar pussyhat wearing rodent stroker to save the day!...lol.  

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