The Wednesday Edition 3/25 - Are Gun Retailers Essential?

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Real Estate Agent with DFW FINE PROPERTIES 0506509

 

"More guns equaling more safety is a slippery slope,

and what makes it so is human blood."

---Henry Rollins

 

"Are gun retailers essential? Some question whether gun shops can be shut down." That was the headline news in the Dallas Morning News on March 25, 2020. Never in a million years would I guess that I would read headline news begging the question: "Are gun retailers essential?" With so many states deciding whether or not the practice of real estate is or is not essential, isn't it interesting that "since COVID-19 began spreading in the United States, sales of ammunition in Texas surged by over 800%, according to a report by online retailer Ammo.com."

 

I guess you could argue there are two sides of the coin: To quote Lyndon B. Johnson, native born Texan from Stonewall, "The guns and the bombs, the rockets and the warships, are all symbols of human failure." But on the other side of the coin, you have others who may agree with Henry Rollins: "Guns are part of the American identity." Regardless of what your personal opinion is, the truth of the matter is "the coronavirus pandemic has prompted people in North Texas to buy guns or stock up on ammunition."

 

In the meantime, other Business Headlines include, "More than 800,000 Texans are trying to apply for unemployment benefits and the Texas Workforce Commission is hiring. So what takes precedence in today's world? Is it guns? Money? or Housing? It was reported that "home showings are down as much as 60% in North Texas. 

 

Perhaps, it's none of the above. Could the top of the list be toilet paper? Or is it faith? Blaise Pascal, Mathematician, Theologian, Physicist, inventor and writer, born in 1623 and died in 1623  invented an early version of a calculator and a roulette machine. Life is all about the numbers and sometimes a gamble. In all life there are risks. To quote Blaise Pascal, "In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't." 

 

During these difficult and unusual times, someone you might want to know is Eva Forde, an expert in personal development and coaching people in business. She is the author of "How NOT to practice Social Work: Saving Good People From Bad Practice One Step at a Time. Eva presented 15 "Essential Life Truths You Need to Live By." Below are five for you to sample and ponder:  

 

1) Know that the sun is always shining behind the clouds.

2) There is freedom in learning to be flexible in life.

3) Each day is precious. Cherish the time you have.

4) Do what you can to take care of your body.

5) Stay curious and you'll never be bored a day in your life. 

 

If you could erase your past, could you? Would you?

As long as you have breath, you have a second chance. 

---Patricia Feager

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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Patricia. Are guns sales essential? Not in my book and there are many other things not essential that the politicians won't close. Then again, they are fools! Enjoy your day!

Mar 26, 2020 04:23 AM #1
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Michael Jacobs
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Hello Patricia -  that's a loaded question.  It  is interesting how words and terms are open to interpretation. Now and always.  

Mar 26, 2020 04:38 AM #2
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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Now that is one loaded questions, Patricia! I'm a supporter of gun rights although have never owned one myself. I could argue both sides of this argument quite effectively... and that's the conundrum isn't it that gives rise to your question.

Today, I'm more distressed that in my county we real estate agents have been declared non-essential service providers.

Mar 26, 2020 05:04 AM #3
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Patricia. I am really taken back by this one. I never think gun retailers are even important.

Mar 26, 2020 05:34 AM #4
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Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
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I saw a report last week that back in a NY county near where I lived, there was a 2 hour wait to get into a gun store to purchase weapons. People were concerned that others might want to steal their food, break into their home, and they wanted to be prepared.

Here in MT, again last week, there was a run on ammo. Lots of people were stocking up. 

Interesting times.

 

Mar 26, 2020 06:11 AM #5
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Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have never felt that guns are necessary, so my opinion would likely be different than most.  I definitely respect a person's right to bear arms though.

Mar 26, 2020 06:47 AM #6
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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Hopefully they don't become essential in our area, the area is well armed...

Happy thoughts and Thursday Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP 

Mar 26, 2020 11:12 AM #7
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George Souto
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Patricia sounds like gun and ammunition sales will be challenging toilet paper for the most sales in Texas 

Mar 26, 2020 11:41 AM #8
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Tammy Lankford,
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I'd have to agree guns stores are essential.  If t he grocery stores stop getting supplies people will eventually come to take what you have and you have to be prepared to protect it.  As such as a law abiding citizen is protected by our constitution the right to bear arms I would conclude the ability in unchartered times to protect family and castle by a purchase is also protected and could be essential. 

Mar 26, 2020 09:33 PM #9
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Tammy Lankford, Your answer is one for the History Books! It is so well stated  believable and truthful. 

Thank you. 

Mar 26, 2020 09:41 PM #10
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Tammy Lankford,
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However... I did not wait until unprecident times to have enough toilet paper to last a couple of months or to have enough MREs for 6 months or for the gun store to potentially be closed before I had a gun(s) and plenty of ammo to protect my family.  Boy Scout over here... always prepared.

Mar 26, 2020 09:55 PM #11
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Tammy Lankford, - I think you proved that motivational words are sweet and nice; always being prepared protects and satisfies. Way to go!!!

Mar 27, 2020 06:39 AM #12
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Patricia,  I had this discussion with a friend in Pennsylvania this week about guns and he said guns sales are up because people are getting afraid and there are more robberies of close business now.  Unreal!

 

Mar 28, 2020 09:17 AM #13
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Will Hamm - It is a strong possibility. So sad...

Mar 28, 2020 10:00 AM #14
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

In Maryland, liquor stores are on the list of essential businesses. I wish they were required to stock toilet paper.

Mar 28, 2020 12:13 PM #15
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Roy Kelley - If Liquor Stores were open in every single city and they were overstocked with Toilet Paper, they would be doing better than Vegas! I haven't checked or heard anything, but I do wonder, are the Casinos listed as "Essential Business?" 

Furthermore, if Liquor Stores were considered "essential business" and stocked Toilet Paper, I'm sure people would stand in long, long, long lines keeping six feet apart with no problem. 

May you and Dolores be safe and healthy!

Mar 28, 2020 12:18 PM #16
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

The Maryland casinos are closed as are those in Las Vegas. 

Mar 28, 2020 12:20 PM #17
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Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets
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Great post!

If you live somewhere where the essential is guns and ammo, might I suggest calling me for a purchase in America's Finest City where the only lines were in parking lots at the beaches, parks and trail heads. 

I have owned many hunting rifles, black powder pistols and a trap & skeet shooting shotgun. I hunted my entire childhood and ate what we shot, typically same day except for deer. 

That said, I never thought to buy ammo or more guns in the last 3 months. Why? Who you gonna shoot? I bought extra food, vitamins and pet supplies, you know the priorities. This is San Diego where the Wild West is a saloon in Old Town, not a place where we live by the gun.

Mar 29, 2020 08:38 AM #18
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
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It's really crazy how gun/ammo sales went through the roof lately.  I don't understand it.

Apr 05, 2020 09:01 PM #19
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089 - Yes! It's bizzare!!! This is a world I don't know. I don't understand it, either. 

If only, all of us on ActiveRain could be together for one day where the sun shined down, the sky was bright, and we could all smile and give each other one big hug.

Be safe. Find joy everyday! Keep in touch.

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