Gun Sales Up in US After Aurora Massacre


It has not even been a week since the horrific massacre in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado that left 12 dead and 58 wounded. Data released by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations show that applications for background checks rose 43 percent in the state three days after the shooting.

On Friday, July 13, 880 people had applied for state-approved background checks. The weekend after the July 20 shooting, 2,887 people applied and were approved to buy a gun, an increase of 43.5 percent from the weekend before.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigations cannot confirm how many more people bought a firearm. But gun shops have been reporting increases in sales. Dick Rutan, owner of Gunners Den in the Colorado town of Arvada, told the Denver Post that sales have been “off the hook.” People are saying that they want to have a “chance” and “the ability to protect themselves and their families if they are in a situation like what happened in the movie theatre.”

Applications for background checks are also up around the US. In Florida, they rose 10 percent last week and gun sales rose 14 percent. Jay Wallace, owner of Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna, Georgia, said that gun sales were up 300 percent in his store from a year ago.

Gun sales have similarly increased after the shooting in Phoenix that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six other people in January 2011. They have also increased after the election of President Barack Obama, notes the BBC.

While some Democratic lawmakers have been calling for stricter gun-control laws, especially a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, their voices seem to be in the minority. With funerals being held for those who died last Friday, Obama and GOP presidential candidate have been silent on the issue as the November election draws near. Politics, it seems, must trump issues of safety.


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Kathryn Fruish
Kathryn Fruish4 years ago

Such a horrible tradgedy. I live in the uk and everyone thinks we are better off not having normal people being allowed to buy guns!! Its crazy, I'm sorry for americans having to wonder about 'who' might have bought a load of guns and what they might do in their communities as they are just as accessable to people with mass shootings in mind as anyone else (although I can't imagine anyone wanting a gun in their home) also isn't it an accident waiting to happen. Hope Britain doesn't ever go that way and america wakes up to what has happened with their slack 'everyone welcome' gun stores.

Roger M.
Past Member 4 years ago

Deeply depressing, isn't it?

Alisha Walker
.4 years ago

@Tracy S. – I have always thought the term “tea baggers” was more similar to calling someone a “carpet bagger” than a homosexual slur. After all, tea bagging is not a “homosexual” activity. This is something that heterosexual couples can also participate in.

Second, what exactly do you mean by “grow a pair”. Do you really think that is any less offensive than calling someone “gay”. Isn’t judging someone by their gender just as degrading and discriminatory as judging them on their sexuality?

jane d.
jane d.4 years ago

And what is this going to accomplish? You can't carry a concealed weapon legally ... sure, neither can the criminal but won't that make US the criminal, too? There needs to be stricter enforcement for guns getting into places like this ... not more guns. This is a knee jerk reaction that will only end up butting the purchaser in the chin. It's NOT a good idea to buy more guns because of a lunatic on the prowl. Tighten security to keep the guns out. That's the best solution. We need gun screening at every single public venue. Cost? To hell with cost. If citizens are willing fork over money for guns and bullets, let them put that money towards these scanners.

Roger H.
Roger H.4 years ago

Joe S.,
I was being called a "Tea Bagger" by someone else. That is the only reason I used the term. I am also not a member of the tea party, but that wasn't what I was answering. If you had gone to my profile you would see that my political leaning is listed as "indifferent". As far as "growing some", it takes more than you have to take the stance in life that I have taken and to constantly be degraded by both sides for my beliefs.

Tracy S.
Tracy S.4 years ago

the USA has only been around 250 years or so. England has benn around a lot longer Their first 250 years were a lot bloodier than the USA's first 250 years. In about 1000 years get back to me on this gun control thing.

Joe S.

Tracy S.
Tracy S.4 years ago

Roger H. When you and others call Tea Party people Tea Baggers you are making a gay slur meant to make the Tea Party mad . So you are saying they should fell ashamed or mad that you called them a tea bagger just call them homo,or gay. I no you don't have anything to tea bag.So untill you grow a pair, later cousin it.

Joe S. by way of my friends face book account

Alicia N.
Alicia N.4 years ago

petition signed
We need stronger gun laws

Roger H.
Roger H.4 years ago

I do understand what you are saying, but the AR15's I am talking about are expensive and custom built by Bushmaster, Rock River or Stag and are using an improved version of the M4 gas piston ejection system currently used by our military. They are still only semiautomatic weapons and can be ordered in several calibers by FFL licensed dealers only. The guns I refer to are nothing like the cheap versions available over the counter made as imitations by other companies. The AK74 costs much less and are just as accurate, for less money. I was just throwing some sarcasm back at you from your original comment.

Deborah Vitek
Deborah Vitek4 years ago

The answer is real education so that people learn guns are bad. No one should want to own a gun for any reason......and if they do they had better believe in evolution because they have not even reached primate.