Gun sales soar after Batman attack

2012-07-24 22:40

Aurora - Gun sales in Colorado have soared in the aftermath of the shooting tragedy in Aurora that claimed 12 lives and left 58 wounded, the Denver Post reported on Tuesday.

Background checks carried out on customers as they buy guns were up 41% in the wake of Friday's shooting at a packed cinema in the Colorado town, the newspaper reported.

There was also a spike in people seeking training for a concealed carry permit, the report said. Carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner is legal with a permit in 49 of the 50 US states. Illinois is the only state without such a provision.

"It's been insane," Jake Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo in the town of Parker, told the newspaper, saying there were 15 to 20 people waiting outside the store when he arrived for work just hours after the shooting.

"A lot of it is people saying, 'I didn't think I needed a gun, but now I do,'" Meyers was quoted as saying. "When it happens in your backyard, people start reassessing - 'Hey, I go to the movies.'"

Stocking up

Colorado approved 2 887 background checks on Friday through to Sunday, a 43% rise over the previous week and a 39% increase over the same period last year, according to the report, which reported 41% overall as its headline figure.

Calls for a re-examination of America's gun laws mounted in the aftermath of the tragedy as it emerged that the suspected Aurora shooter, James Holmes, bought his four weapons legally.

Over eight weeks, he stocked up on the internet on 6 300 rounds of ammunition: 3 000 for his .233 semi-automatic AR-15 rifle, another 3 000 for his two Glock pistols and 300 cartridges for his pump-action shotgun.

Holmes, a 24-year-old graduate student, also bought a special magazine for his military-style assault rifle that enabled him to fire up to 50 to 60 rounds per minute.

Despite profound soul-searching over the Colorado shooting rampage, there is no political willingness to end the long stalemate over the toxic gun law issue, particularly in a US election year.

Several key battlegrounds in November's elections - Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, for example - have gun-friendly populations that remain wedded to their right to bear arms, which is enshrined in the US Constitution.

  • Leah - 2012-07-24 22:48

    Ironic - 2012-07-25 08:32

      Not really. If you consider that the police will not be there to help you when you need it, you have to put yourself in a position to protect yourself, your family and people around you if needs be. Think about this: If every able bodied person legally carried a firearm, and criminals know it, would they be so keen to hold anyone up, or hijack your car if they knew the chances are pretty damn good they will not make it out of there alive?

      jason.mcdonahugh - 2012-07-25 09:09

      i was carryign a gun when i was hi jacked, the truth is it doesnt help because before you can do anything you have a gun to your head.

      jason.mcdonahugh - 2012-07-25 09:11

      But i do agree that you have the right to carry a gun, and dont think they should be banned.

      Leah - 2012-07-25 14:36

      Ironic in the sense that overly emotional people are buying more guns to shoot at other people; innocent people will get hurt again. Not anti gun, anti stupidity. How many unfit gun holders do you think will be approved because of the deluge of applications?

      preshen.govender.90 - 2012-07-25 14:55

      I will think the sale of bullet proof vest increased after this shooting

  • alexdelaymusic - 2012-07-24 23:16

    Then, for as long as the stupid yanks bear the RIGHT to carry a gun in public, will their population be at risk of mad people like this twat who murdered so many innocent people. Ban the gun, stop producing them, recall them!

      michael.i.wright - 2012-07-25 00:31

      Yeah, if they bought any more guns, they'd have a gun ownership rate on a par with Switzerland and look how bad things are there.

      boer.afrikaner - 2012-07-25 01:05

      alexdelaymusic you cant do the banning thing in the US. How do you expect innocent people to protect themselves against an idiot freak with a gun. If someone had a gun and retaliated against that freak in the movie theatre more people most likely would have been alive today. An armed society is a polite society.

      jacques.arzul - 2012-07-25 07:56

      Alex, which do you blame for your typo? Your keyboard or your finger? Do you really think that cars are to blame for road accidents and swimming pools for drownings? A gun has neither conscience nor responsibility; it is only a tool. Please think before you write.

      schmee.gol - 2012-07-25 08:04

      I think if I had a gun I might have shot one or two people in my past. - 2012-07-25 08:38

      @alex - I assume you are equally as opposed to vehicle ownership and usage, as there are so many MVA deaths on our roads each year? And of course ban petrol, because a psycho like this could easily make a dozen or so petrol bombs to sneak into the cinema if he was unable to get his hands on a firearm? In fact ban polyesterene too, cos that can be used to makes napalm. How about banning chlorine for obvious reasons? After you have banned all these materials, you may think about banning knives then, and steel pipes. Screwdrivers? You are obviously deluded into thinking that your Gumment (whosoever it may be) will protect you and yours no matter what. Wake up call - it is up to YOU to protect yourself. You will always get the psychos out there, but the more normal citizens there are who can stand up against these loonies when required, the less damage they can and will be able to do.

  • smellarat.smith - 2012-07-24 23:23

    The Yanks do not get this. If they see all public places as legit arenas for a shoot-out, then that is exactly what will happen. And public places will become desolate. Heading for en-mass home schooling and home videos? Sad lot.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-25 01:38

      Generalisation is a dangerous thing my friend. It's the same thing as saying South Africans are rapists, murderers and thieves.

      boer.afrikaner - 2012-07-25 02:05

      smellarat have you ever been to the states? Who the hell are you to say the Yanks do not get this and that the Yanks are a sad lot. Hells bells look at the state of your dump called South-Africa before you point fingers at others. Jy klink vir my na n domkop wat baie geraas maak en nie dink voor jy praat nie. Het jou ma nie vir jou geleer dat lee blikke n groot geraas maak nie.

      thomas.obrian.92 - 2012-07-25 06:36

      Well said boer.

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-07-24 23:35

    And buying a gun will sort out your problems?

      Amanda - 2012-07-25 05:47

      No, but it will help you protect yourself from the nut jobs and criminals.

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-07-25 08:19

      a bullet proof west will protect you - not a gun - Cowboy! - 2012-07-25 08:28

      @sekalf: if only 1 person was carrying a firearm in the cinema, this incident could have been mitigated. You are, however welcome to wear your 5kg+ vest every day if you so choose...Im sure it will be very comfortable to wear when the mercury hits 30deg C.

  • visko.vandermerwe - 2012-07-24 23:48

    Come to America and get your own GUN! Amen.

      ludlowdj - 2012-07-25 14:15

      JELLYARSE:- I am sorely disappointed in you, didn't anyone tell you that feeding sharks draws them to the area and increases the risk to swimmers and surfers? Please find somewhere else to dispose of your rubbish, I "believe" any hole over 4 feet deep in a sugarcane field will be below plow depth and is a better better solution, think of it as fertilizing arable soil.

      Jellyarse - 2012-07-25 17:09

      @ludlowj - agreed, but I'd rather my food didn't get fertilised with sh*t like these!

  • akesaris - 2012-07-24 23:55

    Something is seriously wrong in US society,why the love rellationship wiith the gun??Pass a bloody law to BAN the gun,not sell more? Their soceity is broken... - 2012-07-25 07:57

      Mmmm...just think about your comment for a while. If they pass a law to ban guns, will the LAW-BREAKERS adhere to the law and hand in all their hardware? Laws are for law-abiding citizens, not for criminals - get it?

  • SunblushStarfish - 2012-07-25 01:19

    Dumb and dumber. The whole lot of them and they wonder why they have freaks running around like it is the Wild West shooting the @ss out of complete strangers - a bunch of lemmings without logic or clue. All I see on their (crud) TV stations is murder murder murder. Homicide programs until they come out of your ears. Violence and freaky stuff and the Yanks wonder why they are such a jacked up nation.

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-25 01:41

      Well with South Africa's insane crime rate (the highest in the world) we are hardly in the position to cast stones. I am amoungst Americans armed to the teeth, and I feel safer amoungst them than I do in South Africa

      goldwright - 2012-07-25 02:54

      @devon.riley - I have no argument that SA has a high crime rate, after all I live in SA, behind walls & security gates, but according to the info I get from from the internet, from crime sites/stats, South Africa sits at about around 8 - 10, (depending on which site you go by), re countries with the highest crime, so to say SA has THE highest crime rate is stretching it a bit. (Many South American countries fall into the highest crime category) I guess though, it's always the shock factor of mass shootings that gets the emotions going. You are right though, - South Africans are hardly in the position to cast stones......

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-07-25 07:32

    If you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns. Liberals thinks that gun laws stop gun related crime, but sober minded people know that it does not. The criminals have the upper hand in gun free areas & countries The American right to bear arms was originally there to protect the citizens from its Government, not criminals. An armed people have a responsible government who fear the citizens. An Unarmed populous lives in fear of its government. Armed people are citizens, unarmed people are subjects. Germany did not invade Switzerland because of its armed citizens and Japan also did not try invading America because there was a gun behind every blade of grass. The St. James massacre could have been worse if that brave individual had not fired back at those cowards attacking a church. Think about it liberals – you are the problem, not inanimate objects like guns. Gun control is to control the countries people....

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-07-25 07:36

    Believe it or not, its still way safer than South Africa.

      ludlowdj - 2012-07-25 14:18

      no belief necessary it is safer than this dustbowl and most others as well.

  • paul.oxley.520 - 2012-07-25 08:17

    I guess they've figured out that the gun-free zones don't work on homicidal maniacs then? Good for them.

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-07-25 09:51

    If there had been sensible armed people in the area the gunman would not have caused so much pain. Armed law-abiding citizens are the best deterrent to this kind of idiot.

  • LouisJohannesMyburgh - 2012-07-28 10:11

    From no fire arms in the cinema to everyone in the cinema having a fire arm. Bit of tear gas and bullets flying. I see a huge disaster coming. How many of you have heard of an over zealous Irish firing squad. I don't even want to think of what self destruction these people will cause on them selves.

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