Gun Sales Spike After Colorado Massacre

Katie Pavlich

7/24/2012 1:41:00 PM - Katie Pavlich

Attention anti-gun advocates: people don't want to be victims. Gun sales in Colorado have reportedly spiked by 41 percent. The increase in sales is due to a reaction to last week's movie theater massacre, when a mad man opened fire on nearly 300 unarmed people. The theater where 12 people were killed and 53 were wounded is a gun free zone. The biggest spike in sales came the day of the shooting.

Background checks for people wanting to buy guns in Colorado reportedly increased more than 41 percent after last week’s Aurora movie massacre. The Denver Post reports that firearm instructors have also seen increased interest in training needed for a concealed-carry permit.

"It's been insane," Jake Meyers, an employee at Rocky Mountain Guns and Ammo in Parker told the newspaper Monday.

Between Friday and Sunday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to purchase a firearm — a 43 percent increase over the previous Friday through Sunday and a 39 percent jump over those same days on the first weekend of July.

The biggest spike was on Friday, when there were 1,216 checks, a 43 percent increase over the average number for the previous two Fridays.

"A lot of it is people saying, 'I didn't think I needed a gun, but now I do,' " he told the newspaper. "When it happens in your backyard, people start reassessing — 'Hey, I go to the movies.'"

Americans understand that the police have no legal obligation to protect them (see Castle Rock v. Gonzales) and that in the end, they can only protect themselves.

Just last week a 71-year-old man stopped an armed robbery because he was carrying a concealed weapon.