Senior Citizens Seeking Better Protection
MARION COUNTY - Guns Dealer Jack Pickett says a criminal wants easy prey, and when it's a 20-year-old man versus a 60-year-old man, it's pretty obvious that the 20 year old has a great advantage.
Though as TV 20 reported with this month's internet cafe shooting, a 71-year-old man with a firearm is a great equalizer.
The incident involved the senior citizen opening fire on a pair of men trying to rob the Palms Internet Cafe in Marion County.
Because of the incident, some seniors are looking for better ways to protect themselves.
Pickett says they have seen an increase in older women coming through their gun shop.
Several retirees in On Top of the World claim baby boomers need to step up their effors to keep themselves from falling victim to crimes.
Jack has been in business for over a decade and says there's been an increase in the number of students taking their concealed weapons permit classes in addition to an uptick in the number of handgun purchases.
He goes on to say he does believe more people are taking a greater interest in protecting themselves.
A manager at the Palms Internet Cafe says he believes the robbery attempt was a shot at vengeance because one of the suspects was fired from the store recently.
He says whatever the motivation behind the crime, things turned sour for the duo.
Those over the age of 65 say, this incident should serve as a lesson to the crooks thinking about targeting them.
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