Colorado theater shooting triggers wave of new gun owners7/24/2012
In the aftermath of the Aurora movie theater slaughter, guns are blazing (off the shelves) in Colorado. Sales are spiking, while background checks for people wanting to pack heat jumped 41 percent following last Friday morning's shooting. "It's been insane," recounts Jake Myers, a Parker, Colo., gun store employee who estimates 15 to 20 people were lined up outside the store just hours after a dozen were killed and 58 injured. The Denver Post reports that between Friday and Sunday, the state Bureau of Investigation approved background checks for 2,887 people seeking to buy a gun – a 43 percent increase over the previous Friday through Sunday. Myers, meanwhile, notes that the basic firearms class he teaches is booked solid for the next three weeks. [Source]
Does it trouble you that gun sales often rocket in the aftermath of mass shootings?