Sandy Hook Shooting Increasing Gun Sales



If anything, all I’ve heard as a result of the Newton, Conn. school shooting is people saying that we need 1) more conversations about gun control and 2) more conversations about mental health. But, apparently, there are also people saying “we should go buy a ton of guns.”

According to the Huffington Post:


Larry Hyatt, owner of North Carolina-based Hyatt Gun Shop, which claims to be America’s largest independently owned gun store, said he had a line out the door on Saturday, forcing him to call in extra salespeople.

“We already have tons of customers because of Christmas, hunting season is peaking right now, and not to mention, the election,” Hyatt said. “But this tragedy is pushing sales through the roof,” he added. “It’s like putting gasoline on a fire.”

And at another gun shop:

The AR-15 style rifle, a weapon of choice in both the Colorado shooting and last Friday’s shooting in Connecticut, accounted for more than 25 percent of ArmsX’s recent sales, Marquardt said.

The fire of what? The fire of wanting to kill people? Guys, why are you selling guns to people whose immediate reaction after an incredibly tragic event is “I want the kind of gun that guy had?” as though Adam Lanza were some celebrity carrying a new Birkin? Adam Lanza is not someone you should want to emulate. That is not a normal reaction to have. That is not a person that should have a gun. But on the upside, it could just be “the election” so maybe they just want to kill Obama? Who are these people? What is wrong with this country?

Though, I suppose if you run a gun shop, you do have to sell guns to people who come in to buy guns. If you were a gun shop owner because, I don’t know, you love skeet shooting more than anything and wanted to turn your hobby into a profession, how would you handle this? Would you just shut down for a few days after such a tragedy? That seems like one reaction that would be better than selling off weapons to people who heard about Adam Lanza shooting in an elementary school and thought it would be good to have the kind of gun he had.

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    • Sean

      I think it’s because gun enthusiasts are fearing that the President will move to outlaw assault rifles. They think it’s their last chance to get their hands on one.

      • Shae Rosa

        That was my thought.

    • CT

      Perceived self-defense seems like the obvious reason for this. Not that it’s smart, but I don’t think it’s all that surprising.

      • Alle

        That’s what I don’t get; this belief that a gun is a magical amulet that will keep you safe. If guns absolutely kept people safe, we would live in a vastly different world. But they don’t, and we don’t, and it doesn’t work like that.

      • jon

        Pretty sure there is a statistic out there that says if you own a gun your chances of getting shot go up drastically. So that whole theory of having a gun to be safer not really working out for people.

      • Joan Of Argghh!

        Well, yeah. My chances of winning the lottery go up 100% after I buy a ticket. Doesn’t mean I’ll win.

    • Lastango

      “If anything, all I’ve heard as a result of the Newton, Conn. school shooting is people saying that we need 1) more conversations about gun control and 2) more conversations about mental health.”


      If that’s all you’ve heard, are you reading widely enough? There’s deep history at work here; gun owners have been politically active for decades. So have their opponents.

      Also, let’s notice that these gun buyers are voting with their cash. That suggests something is going on. The AR-15 is an SHTF rifle, and owning one is not an expression of confidence in the future.

      • Lastango

        BTW, here’s a photo from Israel’s “safe schools” program:

      • Joan Of Argghh!

        We guard our gold at Fort Knox and give lip service that “the children are our future. ” But our “safe school” had glass entry doors and defenseless people throughout. Even if you dislike the idea of guns, how was having these people being sitting targets helpful, when guns are a ubiquitous fact of life? The cops were 20 minutes away. 20 minutes. That’s a long time to think about how nice it might have been to have a gun. Or two.

      • Lastango

        Quite. An armed school is a safe school. Lock and load.

      • Lastango

        …and some info for people who want to read another perspective:

        “At the Clackamas Mall in Oregon last week, an active shooter murdered two people and then saw that a shopper, who had a handgun carry permit, had drawn a gun and was aiming at him. The murderer’s next shot was to kill himself. Real gun-free zones are a wonderful idea… Pretend gun-free zones, where law-abiding adults (who pass a fingerprint-based background check and a safety training class) are still disarmed, are magnets for evildoers who know they will be able to murder at will with little threat of being fired upon.”

      • MR

        Lastango, I’ve had other people try to run my friends and I through with broken bottles and on another occasion, alone, had another guy slash me with a knife which was light cause his friend could have shot me. Both were a couple years after Nyc hit rock-bottom in the mid ’70s – both a long way from the neighborhood where we/I lived. Yeah, I’m for gun control. People shouldn’t have to arm themselves to avoid being victims of violent crime. Most of the victims of violent crime are poor people.

      • Andrew ‘Tiger’ Shuman

        Sorry you got injured. That does not mean that ‘Gun Control’ will do anything but disarm those that *CARE* about the law. People seem to have this idea that gun control somehow magically causes guns to disappear. Surprise surprise, not the case!

    • Hi

      It’s not because people think it’s fashionable because it was used by some asshole. It’s because they’re afraid the gun they enjoy won’t be around if politicians and people like you push for it.

    • Nikola

      We might just be the worst species on this planet…

    • NickSal

      Jennifer, noooooo. I’m late to the party, so most of the people down there responded for me. People are afraid that after a tragedy of this sort, legislation will be passed that bans the rifle above and all rifles like it, along with reliable magazines, handguns, replacement parts, and assorted other useful things.

      The problem isn’t the rifle or guns in general. The media likes to report that AR-15s “spray hundreds of bullets a second”, but you’d be “lucky” to fire 45 rounds off in one minute if you tried. At that rate of fire, it’s also likely that you wouldn’t hit anything you were shooting at. I’ve also seen a lot of nonsense about the AR-15 firing “deadly bullets”. What bullets are not deadly? I want to know.

      As an AR-15 owner, I bore witness to the madness that was every gun-shop in NJ and PA last Saturday. If a store still has a rifle on the shelf, it’s because the background check system is backed up and they haven’t been allowed to pass the firearm over to the purchaser yet. Many people own AR-15s or have always wanted to own one and have now had a fire lit beneath them and are rushing out to get their first or second or third before they’re potentially all banned. The same applies to most handguns, as those are all out of stock, as well.

      I’m rambling now, but I feel as if responsible gun owners are constantly threatened and penalized for the actions of some fool who stole a gun from someone else and did some damn fool thing with it. The AR-15 is not evil, but it easily obtains a bad reputation, even though it is rarely used to commit crimes. The latest crimes have been horrific, so it’s easy to see why the AR has been labeled in such a way. Here I go… rambling again. Basically, no one wants to be like that monster, but we’re all afraid that he’s going to get our favorite rifles banned. The same principle applies to ice-cream, favorite makeup, Snapple Rain, and Diet Berries and Cream Dr. Pepper. Obviously those things don’t (usually?) kill people, but the “I like that thing and it might disappear forever” feeling carries over to them, as well, and people buy them up.