Bob Cron bought his wife an unusual gift for Mothers Day—a Smith & Wesson 38 special. The handgun weighs 15 ounces and comes with a crimson laser grip that indicates the point of impact. Cost: $1,000.
Cron, a salesperson for Target Masters, 4141 Rangeline Road, said his gift really isn’t so unusual. “I sold four of these to women in the past few weeks,” he said.
Such purchases may reflect a growing concern among citizens about the recent rise in violent crimes in Columbia.