Gun Sales Spike After 12 Killed In Colorado Movie Theater
Citizens realize that relying on cops for their individual safety is a pipe dream.
Grant J. Kidney
In the four days after the July 20 shooting, dealers submitted 3,647 requests for state background checks required to buy a firearm, said Susan Medina, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. That’s 41 percent more than the 2,583 requests during the same four days the prior week and a 38 percent increase over the 2,636 checks during the first Friday to Monday in July.
Debate over gun laws after high-profile shootings, like the one police say 24-year-old James Holmes was responsible for in Colorado, can prompt gun sales. Last year, one-day sales inArizona jumped 60 percent after a gunman killed six people in a Tuscon parking lot and wounded others, including then-U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.