As the year 2012 and its seemingly endless series of tragic shootings — most notably the Sandy Hook Massacre — draws to a close, you’d think that hordes of horrified, hollow-eyed, gun-toting Americans would be swarming their local recycling centers to dispose of their lethal stash to prevent future mass murders from taking place. If so, you’d be totally wrong. Don’t you know that Americans are totally paranoid and batsh*t crazy? A source from within the National Rifle Association told Fox News that an average of 8,000 people per day have been signing up for NRA memberships since the Newtown, CT shootings, and contributions have spiked as well.
In addition, gun sales are soaring through the roof, according to
Foxy Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelley.
Kelley’s colleague Trace Gallagher explains why gun sales always ‘rise dramatically’ after mass shootings:
“If you go back to Columbine, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, every time there is a mass shooting in this country, gun sales dramatically rise. Experts say that is for a couple of reasons. One: For personal safety; and Two: Because people believe the government will ban certain types of weapons, like assault rifles.”
Assault rifles were banned during Bill Clinton presidency in 1994, but former president George W. Bush allowed the ban to expire in 2004. “Clearly, many are convinced that a new ban will be put in place,” state Gallagher. Does this mean that when we enact gun safety legislation — as seems likely — thousands of Americans will be stuck with assault rifles they can’t legally use? How would that work? This writer is not sure if she wants to know. During the previous ban, no additional weapons or ammunition could be produced, but existing ones could still be bought and sold.
Gallagher further reports that the day after the shootings in Newtown, CT, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation received 4,154 background check requests for gun buyers, and “cannot process them that fast.” The National Instant Criminal Background Check is backlogged with a similar number of requests. Sales for semi-automatic rifles, ammunition, other types of guns, and “even holsters” are rising in Indiana. A gun shop in Racine, WI reportedly sold only three AR15 assault rifles (the type of weapon carried by mass murderer Adam Lanza) all year in 2011, but sold out of the five they had less than a week after the Sandy Hook shootings.
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Meanwhile, Nate C. Hindman reports for The Huffington Post that Walmart has sold out of semi-automatic rifles in five states, including Pennsylvania, Kansas and Alabama (for some reason, this can’t find a single source that tells us what the other to states are). West New Jersey resident Mike McGovern — an information technology project manager who bought a Glock 19 on Saturday (Please note: if you work on this guy’s team, take care to avoid any syntax errors in your code) said “It’s a money-grab out there,” and noted an “unusually high number of advertisements” from online gun dealers, including an ad that said, “Get ‘em while you still can,”
S.P. Fjestad, who publishes an authoritative fire arms pricing guide every year, adds that a police officer called to inform him about this week’s dramatic price increases. Although the price for an AK-47 jumped from $600 to $1,000; while the cost of a “tricked-out” AR-15 increased from $1,000 to $1,600, the police officer bought them anyway. “I asked him why,” Fjestad recalled, “and his reply was, ‘They didn’t have any more, and I believe the prices won’t go down.’”
Apparently, more Americans are more eager to invest in guns than in legislation and programs to stop gun violence.