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AP: Fear Causes Increase In Gun Sales After Aurora

From an appalled Associated Press:

Fear prompts gun sales, panic after Colo. massacre

By KRISTEN WYATT and MIKE BAKER | Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DENVER (AP) — Firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie theater massacre as buyers express fears that anti-gun politicians may use the shootings to seek new restrictions on owning weapons.

In Colorado, the site of Friday’s shooting that killed 12 and injured dozens of others, gun sales jumped in the three days that followed. The state approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to purchase a firearm — 25 percent more than the average Friday to Sunday period in 2012 and 43 percent more than the same interval the week prior.

Dick Rutan, owner of Gunners Den in suburban Arvada, Colo., said requests for concealed-weapon training certification "are off the hook.""What they’re saying is: They want to have a chance. They want to have the ability to protect themselves and their families if they are in a situation like what happened in the movie theater," Rutan said…

Imagine wanting to be able to defend yourself and your family from lunatics and criminals.

Jay Wallace, who owns Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Ga., found that his sales on Saturday were up 300 percent from the same day a year agoHe said customers are often afraid when there’s a gun-related tragedy that some lawmakers might try and push through an anti-gun agenda. "We shouldn’t let one sick individual make us forget and lose sight of freedoms in this country," Wallace said …

Gun sales often fluctuate based on news events, especially whenever people think the passage of more restrictive gun laws is imminent. Sales spiked following the election of President Barack Obama, when weapons enthusiasts expressed fear that the Democrat might curtail gun rights …

It’s a very reasonable fear. But the media at the time blamed right wing talk radio.

Some Democratic lawmakers in Congress cited the shooting as evidence of the need for tougher gun control laws — particularly a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines. Congress, however, hasn’t passed strict legislation in more than a decade, and leaders in Washington show no sign of bringing up such measures any time soon.

And the AP is pig-biting mad about that. In fact, the only surprise here is that the AP doesn’t blame the evil NRA for stopping them.

But as this latest tragedy once again shows, it isn’t the NRA that is preventing politicians from ramming through even more restrictions on the Second Amendment. It is the USA, where people still believe they have the right to protect themselves.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “AP: Fear Causes Increase In Gun Sales After Aurora”

  1. Enthalpy says:

    Perhaps it isn’t fear as much as it is the realization that we must protect ourselves because we cannot rely on government to do that for us. Of course, we have to protect ourselves from government as well.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    The effects of people of SSRIs are causing gun sales to rise.

    Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

    Prozac, et al.

    Read the warning labels on these drugs.

    — Ataxia, this means unbalanced walking.
    — Bugoglossia (?) syndrome, this means lip, and cheek mouth sort of smacking, spasmodic, movements.
    — Depression of the central nervous system.
    — Stimulation of the central nervous system.
    — Euphoria
    — Hallucinations
    — Hostility
    — Fast movements
    — Increased muscle tone
    — Increased sensations, in other words they feel things at a heightened level, but it can also cause a decreased sensation, the inability to feel normal things such as pain and pressure that a normal person would feel.
    — Paranoid reaction
    — Psychosis
    — Dizziness
    — Dissociation for personal responsibility
    — DIssociation from normal sense of personality

    The phenomenon of school shootings and mass murder shootings is a statistic directly correlating to the advent of prescribing SSRIs. It’s as direct as a line chart can be. These neuro-psycho-phamra drugs are not only becoming prevalent in society, and one of the most frequently prescribed (as many as 80% of private practice patients say they’ve been prescribed some form of mood-altering drug) in many cases these drugs are required by school administrations before Johnny can attend school.

    But you’ll never see the MSM do it’s job of investigation and revelation because of the vast billions expensed by Big Pharma on advertising.

    So, duck and cover, or carry something that starts with .4

    ‘Cause 3 out of 4 people around you are drugged to the gills with this stuff.

    • Chrispbass says:

      Not doubting you GBJ but is there such a chart? And yes….many of the people that I ‘know’ in my n’brhood are taking some sort of SSRI.

  3. River0 says:

    Would Holmes have tried his murderous stunt in Texas? No. There would be a good chance someone had a weapon to defend themselves. Aurora Colorado has strict gun laws. No real chance of self defense in that audience.

    Of course gun sales are soaring. Who wants to be caught without a weapon when something like this happens?

    • GetBackJack says:

      Wherever it says “No Guns Allowed”, This Is How You Know The Only People With Guns Will Be The Bad Guys

  4. Anonymoose says:

    The “lack of response,” at least on the surface, is planned. Obama knew what what cost Clinton the mid-terms and blunted his presidency, was the Assault Weapons Ban, and have studiously avoided any public presentation of gun control. It’s the same reason why the worst of Obamacare is scheduled for 2014, in the last half of Obama’s anointed second term.

    It never seems to cross the dimwit’s minds that the reason why people buy guns after events like these isn’t right wing hysteria, but all the cries from the looney left for more gun control.

  5. canary says:

    It’s common sense in today’s increasing violent world, such as Chicago’s highest murder rate (where Obama voted to ban guns).

    Even hunters should be pushing weapons that can expell dozens of shells. Fishers should want bows that
    shoot off multi-arrows too.

    If there is a disastor and food shortage with children starving, it would show the neccesity of a semi-automatic with dozens of ammo;

    rather than be a foolish man and spend a day trying to hunt and kill 1 deer or trying to catch 1 fish.

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