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Armored backpacks and a rush on guns after Conn.

Published: Wed, December 19, 2012 @ 8:40 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The reaction to the deadly Connecticut school shooting can be seen at gun stores and self-defense retailers across the nation, with anxious parents buying armored backpacks for children and firearms enthusiasts stocking up on assault weapons in anticipation of tighter gun control measures.

A spike in gun sales is common after a mass shooting, but the latest rampage has generated record sales in some states, particularly of rifles similar to the AR-15 the gunman used in an attack Friday on Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 people, including 20 children.

Colorado set a single-day record for gun background check requests the day after the shootings, while Nevada saw more checks in the two days that followed than any other weekend this year. Records were also set in Tennessee, California and Virginia, among others.

Some gun-shop owners stopped selling their remaining stock of military-style rifles, anticipating only more interest and value after President Barack Obama today instructed his administration to create concrete proposals to reduce gun violence.

Robert Akers, a Rapid City, S.D., gun seller who specializes in such rifles, said the rush of customers had transformed his Rapid Fire Firearms store into a "madhouse" and that he's not actively selling the guns and has turned off his phone.


1uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Think people are picking up on the reality of what government is intending to do?

Total gun ban pushed by the socialist / communist rooted ideas of this administration.

Good luck with that.

Will it be fair when government sends military with missiles and machine guns out to snuff out opposing Americans with their semi-auto toy guns?

Only the fear of armed citizens behind every blade of grass have kept foreign countries from attempting an invasion. That same armed citizenry has kept our corrupted governments from going further with their tyranny.

No guns = total destruction.

Guess what? All the opposing forces, they come armed with big weapons. So if guns were the problem, why haven't they been outlawed by international law? Why aren't military exercises instead played over soccer games, ping pong tables and chess boards?

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2UNCOMMONSENSE(622 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

@uselesseater < did you feel the same way when Ronald Reagan supported the 1994 assault weapons ban and was responsible for getting it passed? Or just because you hate this president??

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3BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

I absolutely love and respect our president, but he had better keep his hands and thoughts off of guns and right to own them. I was fearful this would be an issue in his second term.

Uselesseater is correct. What has kept you safe from most enemies foreign AND domestic is the fear of an armed citizenry. If we allow the government to remove that fear we all become sitting ducks and believe me the criminals will still have guns.

These small suggestions from the president are just another step toward a total ban on firearms.

Mr. President, please just stick to preventing a fall from the fiscal cliff and stay away from our second amendment rights!!!


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4uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

@UNCOMMONSENSE, I don't support any weapons ban.

Reagan's 1994 ban was an infringement and just as bad.

Wasn't it Joe Biden that spent years trying to get that legislation through? How very little changes in nearly 20 years...

We need to put an end to indefinite public office holders.

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5WarrenRicheyKid(169 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Ducks must be fiercer than I thought if hunters need assault rifles to take them down. Andy Borowitz

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6uselesseater(229 comments)posted 3 years, 6 months ago

Oh the anti hunter jokester. I don't hunt and morally don't agree with it, but each to his own.

Know many hunters who are great people and generous as the workday is long. Many bagged animals end up feeding the needy and hunters here often provide necessary thinning of the herds.

Who cares what weapon is used to hunt with. The intent is the same and ideally a hit is instant death. Unsure why people dwell on comedic fodder, fully ignorant of reality.

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