By Duncan Smith

Tens of millions of Americans watched in horror throughout the summer as violence and rioting rocked our biggest cities.

Most of us were genuinely outraged by what happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, but at the same time, a majority of Americans have never been in favor of burning, looting, rioting, and destroying our cities.

For any reason.

That said, all of the rioting and destruction also taught many Americans who had yet to realize it that when things get out of hand, there is only so much protection local police can provide.

And what’s more, cops are always minutes away when seconds count.

As such, according to Breitbart News, a Michigan gun shop owner noticed a unique trend following rioting in Grand Rapids back in May:

A Michigan gun shop owner told Breitbart News that Black Lives Matter-related riots in Grand Rapids back in May brought a flood of single mothers into her store seeking to protect their children.

Lisa Mayo owns Flashpoint Firearms in Comstock Park, Michigan, just a few miles north of Grand Rapids.

She said her biggest sales day occurred after rioting in downtown Grand Rapids the night after a George Floyd protest took place. WOOD TV reported that the Grand Rapids Police Department headquarters was tagged with expletives. Storefront windows were smashed. Properties were destroyed. Police cruisers were torched. An estimated $2.4 million in damage was done, according to Mlive.

'There was a lot of single mothers that were coming in, never would have believed in their whole entire life that they would own a firearm, and they came to my store and said they need to protect themselves, but more importantly, their children,” Mayo continued.

'They're fearing for their lives, and their budget is around that $200-$350 price range,” she said, noting that new gun control measures pushed by Democrats including Biden-Harris like taxing purchases would no doubt price many of these mothers out of the market, leaving them vulnerable and at the mercy of the mobs.

'Why don't we have the right to be able to defend ourselves. Common, middle class people don't have enough money to pay for a bodyguard, so the next best thing is for us to be able to protect ourselves. It's everyone's right to own a firearm,' Mayo said, noting that Biden, Harris, and congressional Democrats have taxpayer-funded protection.

Ed Swadish, the owner of Huron Valley Guns in Oakland County's New Hudson, also told Breitbart News that the 'lawlessness and destruction of property' in the wake of the BLM protests drove spikes in sales.

'That just sets people up for wanting to protect themselves,' he said.

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