Favorite Gun Dealer of Mass Killers: Guns “Prevent Tragedies”

August 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)–Expect Internet gun dealer Eric Thompson to make an appearance to hawk his deadly wares soon, at the Pittsburgh-area health club that was the scene of a deadly mass shooting by a lone gunman on Tuesday, which left three women dead and nine wounded. According to Thompson’s statement appearing on his website, if the women at the health club were all armed, it would “…prevent tragedies like this one in the future.”

After the deadly Virginia Tech shooting that left 32 dead, Thompson appeared on campus to advocate that students should carry concealed guns to protect themselves in classrooms. Thompson suggested that a cadre of armed students could have prevented the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy. College officials referred to Thompson’s visit as shameless and obscene.

You see, Thompson sold the gun to the Virginia Tech shooter, Seung-Hui Cho. His gun company also sold two 9mm Glock magazines to the Northern Illinois University shooter, Steven Phillip Kazmierczak who murdered five people last year and most recently, a Glock magazine and a Glock magazine loader to George Sodini, the Pittsburgh health club shooter.

After all three mass killings, in which Thompson sold either the weapon or accessories to mass murderers, he expressed sadness for the lives lost, but claimed no responsibility for selling weapons to the killers. He blames the tragedies on the people and not on the guns. In each case, he sold a legal product and had no reason to question the sale of weapons or accessories to the three killers, insists Thompson.

After the Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois shooting, Thompson even offered college students discounts on firearms to protect themselves from campus massacres. Larry Hincker spokesperson for Virginia Tech called Thompson’s discount offer, “incredibly insensitive to the families of the victims who lost loved ones, and to the injured students still recovering from this horrendous tragedy.”

Is Thompson planning on offering discounts to female health club members soon, as well?

During an appearance on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” last April, Thompson defended his visit to Virginia Tech, after selling the mass killer the gun, blasting school officials opposed to his visit for their critical statements of his visit.

He also derided, “groups like the Brady Center that actually provide the media hype regarding guns and take the focus off the individual and place it on an inanimate object,” suggesting that somehow the Brady Campaign was responsible for the Virginia Tech shooting because of their anti-gun advocacy.

Paul Helmcke of the Brady Campaign said that Thompson was “…just trying to make a buck” from the killings. “To market yourself as the favorite gun store of campus killers is amazing to me,” said Helmcke.

Thompson’s web-based gun company, TGSCOM Inc., runs dozens of gun websites, peddling “8,700 types of firearms, priced as low as $70 for a surplus rifle and as high as $8,800 for a shoulder-fired, semiautomatic, long-range rifle that takes jumbo .50-caliber bullets.” The gun accessories are mailed directly to a buyer’s home, with the actual weapons shipped to federally licensed firearms dealers.

Thompson insists he sells legal products and once said, “We don’t screen customers.” His critics say he seeks to profit from gun violence by playing on people’s fears.

Peter Hamm communications director for the Brady Campaign said, “He’s arming the criminals and then telling the rest of us to buy guns so we can protect ourselves from the criminals he’s armed.”

In Thompson’s statement in response to the Pittsburgh health club shooting he said, “The Supreme Court says that you are on your own and violent criminals tend not to wait for the police to arrive on time. My only hope is that many more people will realize this and hopefully prevent tragedies like this one in the future.”

To suggest that woman should attend exercise classes in a health club carrying concealed weapons to “prevent tragedies” of lone gunmen entering an exercise class and callously opening fire to take as many human lives as possible, is an obscene and shameless statement.

Watch a video of Thompson’s “Fox and Friends” appearance:


8 Responses to “Favorite Gun Dealer of Mass Killers: Guns “Prevent Tragedies””

  1. Old Man Dotes on August 7th, 2009 7:38 pm

    A wise man once said, “an armed society is a polite society.” In other words, when everyone risks serious injury or death, should they offend another person, everyone of normal intelligence tries hard to be inoffensive.

    If every adult in American society routinely carried a loaded handgun, it would be impossible for one lone gunman to cut down 32 people because he himself would be shot down within seconds after he began threatening people.

    You cannot put the genie back into the bottle; the United Kingdom has tried it, and as a result, only the police and criminals have handguns, and the criminals are quite willing to use them on the unarmed populace.

    Personally, I don’t own a gun; but the moment it appears that the government might seriously attempt to outlaw them, I will. In the meantime, I will remain the most dangerous man on Earth: An educated man who is not afraid of being shot if it will stop an attacker.

  2. SansMacho on August 7th, 2009 9:26 pm

    Old Man Dotes said:
    “If every adult in American society routinely carried a loaded handgun, it would be impossible for one lone gunman to cut down 32 people because he himself would be shot down within seconds after he began threatening people.”

    Yes,and if no adult, or child,in American society had access to a firearm,it would be even harder to run up a body count of 32.

    Unlike the heroic Mr Dotes,I am shorts browning afraid of being shot.
    Perhaps that is a fear born of my limited education.
    I prefer to thank it is the result of having witnessed gun violence.

    The problem with responsible gun ownership,is today’s stand up, model citizen can be tomorrows, wild eyed, AK wielding,mass shooter.

    You rig a car with a Breathalyzer that will prevent a drunk from starting the engine.

    There is no way to rig a Glock to tell if its masters testosterone is raging because he is dreaming of beating Joe Bob at a little bowling pin shooting,or dreaming of the look of fear on his employers face when he starts shooting co-workers.

  3. jburr on August 7th, 2009 11:16 pm

    Whoever said an armed society is a polite society, was not in fact wise but cynical in the extreme. Having everybody armed with guns is an unspeakably stupid idea. When a nutcase goes off and starts shooting a bunch of people like at Virginia Tech, or at the gym, it’s clear case of serial murder. If said nutcase manages to kill just one or two people before being killed by another gun toting citizen, then it is very different isn’t it. No one will have knowledge of what may have been prevented, how many more folks the nutcase would have killed. Police will have to piece together what exactly happened the best they can, and the “hero”, at the end of the day, is really just a person who killed another person. They’ll have to live with that which won’t be easy, no matter if they are recognized as heroes; no matter if they end up doing no jail time; no matter how many rambo movies they’ve seen or first-person shooter games they’ve played. I don’t care whether it’s guns that kill, or people with guns. The killing just needs to stop, and making firearms harder (much much harder) to get, is the straight line from A to B.

  4. Stan James`` on August 7th, 2009 11:47 pm

    The population adjusted murder rate the USA vs England is about 80 to 1

    The 2006 FBI data showed that for every legitimate non-police self defense killing, 280 people were illegally killed by guns. Also, the total legit police shootings were about 1000 our of about 29000 killings by guns in the USA.

    If that doesn’t put some light on the merchants of death, nothing will.

    Perhaps the people have the right to bear arms. But the people should also have the right to hold responsible as an accessory before the fact every single person who in any way made that gun available to the killer. From the mfr to the dealer etc.

    No one is safe anymore. Our police, at our gym, even at our churches, even our children in college. Even our kids coming home late, maybe drunk, and the parents hear someone trying to get in the door, think the kid is asleep in his bed, and fire through the door. Killing their own child.

    There is something wrong with a society that has about 1 gun per person – 1 in 300 million. Some sort of individual machoistic streak, encouraged by paranoia from the gun industry which creates a self fullfilling prophecy of death, now mass death.

    Where are the churches of life, eg the catholic and christian conservative churches on this issue. THE SILENCE IS DEADENING

    And for those who say there would be no mass killings if everyone had a gun, they may be correct. But think of how every bar fight, every minor traffic acident that turns into a brawl, so many wife husband, friend to friend, bully to bullied kids battles would become a body count.

    Something is wrong with the very culture of America. Horribly wrong. This has nothing to do with farmers protecting their herds, legit guards / police, legitimate hunters etc. It has something to do with our wild west culture where our society is still in the dark ages of history..

  5. Carloz on August 8th, 2009 8:52 am

    You refer to the “Philadelphia health club” shooting / shooter twice, and the Pittsburgh-area health club once. Unless there has been another incident, the shooting occured in the Pittsburgh-area. The two cities are 300 miles apart. Otherwise, a very good article. Thanks

  6. Norris Hall on August 8th, 2009 10:21 am

    Gun dealers who advocate that to protect ourselves against crazy people who buy guns we ALL should arm ourselves with guns sound a lot like my telephone company.
    Instead of banning telemarketers, the phone company
    sell services tthat allow them to make random, automated calls to annoy us all…then when we complain the phone company sells us a service to block the telemarketers from calling

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  8. Sean on July 16th, 2010 1:39 am

    Jburr, you want to talk about how the “hero” who stops the killing living with the fact that they killed someone. That is a selfish way to think, in my eyes it’s much worse to live knowing that you could have stopped it. You could also get killed yourself, you won’t be able to feel guilt but then again you wouldn’t be able to feel anything else either.

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