Gun sales in St. Louis spiked even further on August 19.
Gun sales spiked the farthest around mid-November.
With the St. Louis metropolitan-area held hostage by the fear of spontaneous blackness, erupting in a fury of racial rage when Darren Wilson is found innocent by the grand jury, security companies are seeing unprecedented requests for their services to install cameras at both commercial buildings and private residences.
Plain and simple.
The scenario still unfolding in Ferguson and metropolitan St. Louis can only be described as terrorism: the fear of white residence, owners of capital (be it large commercial real estate or small businesses), and property owners grows exponential as the "Justice for Michael Brown" mob grows more belligerent and bellicose.
Enough to convince the political leaders of Clayton, a roughly 8 percent black city in metropolitan St. Louis, to enlist a private army to protect private citizens, the city's infrastructure, and private property (primarily commercial, but also private) from the people who have cultivated the war clouds on the horizon.
A number of local and out-of-state private security companies are seeing massive requests for protection from such companies as Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Trader Joe's, but rules governing how security personnel licensing requirements are secured through the St. Louis County Police Department will not be relaxed.
Thus, the reason the Wall Street Journal profiled one local St. Louis construction worker (on November 6) entrepreneurial enough to understand the coming black riots in the city represent a more lucrative market than those business owners prepare for impending inclement weather:
And as the nation awaits that decision, those on the ground are making preparations.
“We’ve been doing board-ups for probably the past month, the phone’s been ringing off the hook,” said Brian Krieger, owner of American Board Up and Construction Services in St. Louis. “I’ve already purchased 500 sheets of plywood.”
He said he expects work to increase in the coming days as businesses, especially those in the Ferguson area, take precautions for the announcement.Terrorism.
When the black protests (rioting/looting/arson) started in early August, one private security firm was brought in to offer protection for journalists. With employees, having Navy SEAL and U.S. Ranger on their resume, the official Twitter for Asymmetric Solutions 'tweeted' this out:
We’ve been to Baghdad, Kabul, KL, Manilla, Peshwar, Bogata. Never guessed we would deploy a high threat team in our own city. #furgesonTerrorism.
— Asymmetric Solutions (@AsymmetricUSA) August 19, 2014
But Asymmetric Solutions wasn't done. They aren't done. [Private Military Contractors Hired to Move Guns and Gold Out of Ferguson, Vice News, 11-21-14]:
Business owners in the St. Louis, Missouri area have hired private military contractors to transport guns and gold, fearing their shops will be targeted by looters if a grand jury does not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in the St. Louis County suburb of Ferguson.
"There's a lot of people that brought in a lot of money to have people secure their assets," said Stephen King, owner of Metro Shooting Supplies gun shop, a 15-minute drive from Ferguson. "Some of those people spent $10 an hour on security guards and some people have $1,000 a day private contractors."
King confirmed that gun shops in the area are hiring private military contractors to escort the transport of their guns to secure locations. A private military contractor who spoke to VICE News on condition of anonymity said that more than 300 private military contractors, or PMCs, have been contracted for work in direct response to Ferguson security concerns.
Jared Ogden, director of operations for Asymmetric Solutions, a private military contractor staffed by former special operations forces told VICE News his company was hired by businesses to transport "St. Louis-based company assets."
"We've got our hands in a bunch things" related to security in the Ferguson area, said Ogden, a former Navy SEAL who was featured on the National Geographic reality program, Survival Alaska.
"If you are a business owner and you are in the business of selling firearms and you're in an area where shops have been looted, burned down, property stolen, you now have the responsibility to society to ensure to do everything possible to make sure that those firearms do not get into the hands of the wrong people."
Missouri Gold Buyers & Jewelry, the largest precious metal buyer in the state, according to the company's website, has four shops in the St. Louis area, two of which are in North St. Louis County communities neighboring Ferguson. It was one of several area businesses looted following protests over Brown's death. In August, masked men shattered one of the back windows of the diminutive shop on Kingshighway Boulevard in St. Louis and got inside, but they were unable to break into the safe, according to the shop's owner, Mike Duke.
Duke is not taking any risks this time around.
"We got everything out last week, we put it back on Monday," said Duke, who had heard the grand jury decision would be announced on a Sunday. "This weekend it's going out again. A lot of it has already been moved." Moving his product back and forth comes at quite a cost, though exactly how much he wouldn't say.
"It's costing a lot of money," he said. "The worst part is the stores that are normally are producing cash in the North County stores, for the last three months, nobody's doing business in North County. Revenue's way down. It's horrible."
Duke said he employs Cook Security, a private security and surveillance company, to provide security for his shops and has recently hired 12 additional private security guards to protect his stores, and one to escort the transport of gold, diamonds and coins from the stores to a safe location.
He noted that the dollar value of the product being moved to secure offsite locations is in the millions.
"I'm not like a pawn shop, I don't buy TVs," he said. "I have precious metals. We have a law here that whatever you buy you have to hold for five days. So all those stores had those five days worth of business there. I'm a very large buyer so that's a large amount of money."
Ogden said the business owners' concerns are understandable, especially when it comes to the potential for stolen guns on the streets.
"If certain merchandise, like firearms, got into the wrong hands, it would be a catalyst to more violence," he said.
King plans to keep his gun shop open this weekend, and is ready to defend it if need be, though he is keeping quiet about the particulars of the store's security plans.
"We're going to have to do whatever we have to do legally to defend ourselves against some type of violent threat. It wouldn't be a brain surgeon that's going to be coming to our store to attack us," he said. "We know what we're going to do but they don't know, and that's the way we want to keep it."The Hunger Games was just a movie.
What's happening in St. Louis is real.
And the only word does justice to what the black population is doing to Ferguson, the city of St. Louis, and those communities making up the County of St. Louis: Terrorism.