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A gun rights advocate tells Ross and Burbank zombies are just one of the reasons gun sales are soaring. (AP image)

Zombies are among reasons for increased gun sales

Gun sales are soaring across the country. The FBI reported earlier this week requests for background checks skyrocketed 20 percent on Black Friday over the same day last year. A noted gun rights advocate says zombies are just one reason why.

"There is I guess, you would call it a cottage industry that's sprung up in the last couple of years," Dave Workman of the Second Amendment Foundation and editor of The Gun Mag said in an interview with Ross and Burbank.

He's not kidding.

"A lot of people appear to be really enthralled by this. I've seen lines of zombie targets, I know one or two ammunition companies have introduced boxes, lines of cartridges they called zombie cartridges, shotgun shells and rifle shells."

But clearly other more serious worries are playing a much bigger factor. Workman is co-author of a book called "America Fights Back," and says more people are arming themselves for protection.

"They're defending themselves because they know that even though the police try to do a real good job...when seconds count as they say the police are minutes are away. People have decided 'Hey I can't wait for the cavalry to come to my rescue I've got to defend myself and my family and my home,'" he said.

The economy and fears about the feds changing gun policy after President Obama's re-election are also sparking sales, Wade Gaughran of Wade's Eastside Guns in Bellevue tells KING 5.

"I think (Obama's) going to try and make something happen this time," said Gauhran, who reported Black Friday gun sales shot up 30-35% over his expectations.

Workman agreed. And he said while he can't be sure, he's confident the growing gun ownership is helping to cut crime because more "intelligent" criminals know more people are packing.

"We've had earlier this year several incidents where burglars and at-home break-in guys were shot, a couple of them were killed."

The numbers seem to support his argument. In Virginia, for example, gun ownership soared 73% between 2006-2011. Over the same period gun related violent crimes actually fell 24 percent.

Josh Kerns, MyNorthwest.com Reporter
Josh Kerns is an award winning reporter/anchor and host of KIRO Radio's Seattle Sounds (Sunday afternoons 5-6p) and a digital content producer for MyNorthwest.com.

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  • Zoeller wrote...
    Try out the new -
    MOSSBERG ''CHAINSAW ZOMBIE'' 500 12G SHOTGUN, 18" W/PISTOL GRIP, LASER/LIGHT COMBO it is awesome, and it holds six 3” magnum 00 Buck shot shells. Perfect for home defense for when the crack heads come a knocking/breaking-in!
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  • mpblue wrote...
    The zombie thing is tongue in cheek
    But since Ross lives in an island, he'll be protected by his butt shooting coppers. But in all reality, it's a fun seller for those interested. Zombies are cool right now. And shooting at zombie targets versus the standard B27s make for more fun. But gun sales right are driven by a real an palatable fear of what can and will get banned by some pen strokes. Ask Buckyballs how that worked out for them.
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  • It's me! Ha ha! wrote...
    "Never bring a knife to a Gunfight"
    Quote from your Dear Leader~
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  • cdbtx wrote...
    Zombies - Psuedo Liberals
    They're the same... mindless parasites who feed off the living...
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  • Forrest wrote...
    Yes, mindless, parasitic liberals
    Wanting healthcare, 40 hours a week at a wage above the government mandated minimum so they can afford food and shelter for their families. How dare they want for more. It's better for America if the taxpayers subsidize the wealthiest Americans rather than help the masses survive. I just love the Christian spirit of giving during the Christmas season. You make Jesus proud!
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  • Howdy wrote...
    Forrest
    You mistake Jesus for Santa Claus. I don't doubt that those people want all of that stuff. The problem is that they just want it given to them, they don't want to earn it.
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  • rational wrote...
    Forrest
    Yes, mindless, parasitic liberals Wanting healthcare, 40 hours a week at a wage above the government mandated minimum so they can afford food and shelter for their families.

    Be honest, you don't want healthcare, you want someone else to PAY for your healthcare. So what you mean to say is, mindless parasitic liberals, wanting someone else to pay for their healthcare...gee, that does sound parasitic.

    As for minimum wage...almost all jobs are above minimum wage...if you are so irresponsible as to have a family without the basic skills to earn more than minimum wage then you really shouldn't be breeding in the first place. Honestly. Most fast food places pay above minimum wage, if you can't handle McDonalds then it's silly to expect society to carry you AND your family because you're so pathetic.

    And you hate Jesus, so it's silly to talk as if you would have a clue what would make Him proud.

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  • ExNuke wrote...
    Do you ever think
    Do you ever think that maybe their bad choices account for a large part of their problems? And that maybe if they put a little effort into it instead of waiting for someone to hand it to them on a silver platter they could have a better life/job/country? No, I didn't think you did. Most Liberals seem to enjoy feigning concern for the "poor" and "disadvantaged" as long as they can give them other people's money and they don't hang out in the "nice"neighborhoods.
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  • Forrest wrote...
    If you don't want to follow the teachings of Jesus...
    Then don't call the United States of America a Christian nation. Nuff said?
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  • The Dude Abides wrote...
    I like your thinking, Forrest
    We are now a nation of people, not a nation of Christians. That makes me sleep a lot better at night. Better zombies than Jesus nuts. At least if you lop of a zombie's head, they won't throw you in jail for it. Well, they might if the zombie's holding a bible or a crucifix.
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  • Howdy wrote...
    Forrest
    When did I call the USA a Christian nation?

    As far as gun purchases go, anyone who believes that the increase in the amount of new weapon purchases is attributed to the fear of zombies is an idiot- for example the writer of this article taking a statement by a gun magazine editor about zombie targets and spinning it into a statement about actual zombies. A more accurate headline would read 'Zombie related novelties are among the reasons for increased gun sales' but who needs accuracy in the media these days.

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  • ExNuke wrote...
    Do you mean
    the part about "the poor will be with us always"?
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  • cdbtx wrote...
    Forrest
    What have you done in your life to contribute to society?

    How much of your pay and time do you give to charities and those in need?

    Health Care and a 40 hour a week job above minimum wage... That defines the difference between a liberal and myself... I WORKED to find a good job and once I found one I WORKED to make myself and asset to the company and in turn the company exchanges money for my WORK.

    When I see people like you.. I have ABSOLUTELY NO SYMPATHY.. like Franklin said - NOT ONE PENNY FOR THOSE WITHOUT VIRTUE... those with virtue would never ask for it, much less demand it...

    It might be benificial if you read some of the teachings of Christ and educated yourself on the teachings of the founding fathers of America...

    You see Forrest, you and I came out of our mothers wombs equal - it's what we did with our lives that made us different... I take responsibility for my life and it's outcome.. how about you?

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  • Forrest wrote...
    I could sell a tenth of my timber holdings and pay all taxes due
    and have way more than you.
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  • maplefish wrote...
    Forrest
    You ae a fraud & the worst type of Hypcrite. Claiming o be a Liberatariam yet parsing Obama and the party of Class Envy. You are nothing but a fraud. Everyone on this post ( excet CH) laughs at your stupidity & lies....I'm betting you live off Welfare & Food Stamps.
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  • ron prevost wrote...
    Since when does an absure topic like zombies and gun sales need devolve into personal attacks ?
    Considering only a very few of us use real names (yes, anyone can look my data up any time) just about any post here could be a fraud. Or use just about any schtick. ... Or could BE anyone. ..... I've long suspected that CH is really Joe Biden, but..............

    But, in any event, lighten up a bit. .. Especially on the topic of zombies.

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  • Forrest wrote...
    Bill and Fish
    Your right, I've never harvested any trees. I've never had to figure out my stumpage tax (5%) or had to choose harvesting my timber as a trade or business or taking capitol gains. You guys have me there.
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  • The_Kid wrote...
    Not surprised......
    This notion that guns kill people is nothing more than hysterical propaganda that is used to drive a wedge between the ill-informed voters to gain power at the very expense of the people they proclaim to serve and protect. Christ it's no wonder the folks don't want to wait for the cops to come too their rescue, the freaking cops don't want to come anymore because the blood sucking lawyer's and liberal bozo's can't wait to throw them under the bus for using a hand gun or any other self-defensive action of force for god's sake. These are the same cowards who would run at a moment's notice and then turn around and condemn the person who actually stayed and defended themselves saying they could have and should have used a better method of protecting themselves. Dave Ross & Luke come to mind! News flash Luke, Rainier Valley is full of crime because of the people who live there and their lack of family values not to mention the lack of support from your political morons who always preach the race card rather than tackle a problem head on and you know who I mean. Bye the way, how is all the money being spent through various agencies in Rainier Valley working out? Not well I see since you felt the need to bring it up. The Zombies (we are trying to protect ourselves from) are the political and liberal bozos who can't see past their own social engineering who foster inept and desperate people (Rainer Valley) because they feel guilt for whatever reason. Get a clue, Guns don't Kill People, People Kill People. Even you two should get that.
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  • maplefish wrote...
    @The Kid
    Touché! BTW - there is already talk that Obama is going to find a way to change the 2nd Amendment Ito be more in accordance with what the U.N is doing with laws regarding citizens owning weapons in other countries around the world. Just wait. The loons in this administration DO NOT WANT Citizens to own weapons. Eric Holder has already declared " we need to get the guns out of the hands of the public".
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  • Drool wrote...
    "there is already talk"
    There is always talk like that. It comes from wingnut web sites like Free Republic and WND.

    In actual fact your firearms rights were EXPANDED under Obama but don't let the facts get in the way.

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  • rational wrote...
    The_Kid
    ...the political and liberal bozos who can't see past their own social engineering who foster inept and desperate people (Rainer Valley) because they feel guilt for whatever reason.

    Actually, liberals create ignorant, government dependant people through social engineering because they are easily controlled and they will mindlessly vote democrat because that's who keeps feeding them. It doesn't matter that it's the democrats who developed the system that tends to keep them in poverty and weakness.

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  • Ron_Spins wrote...
    The Fascination with Zombies must be a glimpse into the near future
    as Obama and the DEMOCRATS DESTROY AMERICA AS WE KNOW IT!!! seriously people turn into raving loons during black Friday , and remember the gas lines?Give people a month in Obama's destroyed economy and you WILL see zombies.
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  • It's me! Ha ha! wrote...
    In actual fact your firearms rights were EXPANDED under Obama but don't let the facts get in the way.
    Care to try to explain that Drool?

    Can't wait to hear this choice piece of propaganda!

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