Newtown Tragedy Sparks Gun Control Discussion, Even As Gun Sales Rise

December 14, 2012  |  

Children being led from Sandy Hook Elementary School. AP Photo/Newtown Bee, Shannon Hicks

Today’s horrific shooting at a Newtown elementary school (the latest details put the sickening death toll at 20 children and six adults, including the gunman and his mother) is one of the worst in the history of the US. Information about the situation is still being gathered with officials saying that there is no time limit to this investigation and “there is a great deal of work that has to be done.” A visibly moved President Obama spoke this afternoon on behalf of the nation, saying that “our hearts are broken today” and calling for “meaningful action,” though he didn’t specifically reference the issue of gun control.

However, that isn’t stopping many others from bringing up the need for gun control legislation. The shooting today at Sandy Hook Elementary School follows a mass shooting at an Oregon mall on Tuesday. Everyone from the members of the media, ordinary citizens, and celebrities have taken to Twitter to call for gun control laws to put a stop to these deadly acts.

MSNBC tackled the issue directly with Alex Wagner saying, “There has got to be some kind of measurable change, some kind of reaction. One would hope that there will be some political capital to reform the way in which we handle gun and gun violence in this country.” The rest of her show was dedicated to the discussion with panelists and other newscasters, including David Gregory, chiming in.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reports that revenue “soared” 48 percent during the second quarter at gun maker Smith & Wesson, rising to $136.6 million from $92.3 million the year before. The company credits an increase in the number of women gun owners. Background checks for gun ownership also broke a record on Black Friday. The FBI says it took 154,873 calls that day, trumping the previous record of 129,166. One gun shop manager, quoted in The Huffington Post, says the election, and the fear that gun legislation is coming, has prompted the uptick. That sentiment is seconded by gun shop owners who spoke with the Houston Chronicle recently.

“Similar stories emerged in cities across the country, with stores attributing higher sales to fears of stricter gun laws passing in Obama’s second term,” the story says.

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  • I plan to own a gun one day to add to other security measures I already have in place to help protect my I obviously are in favor of the 2nd amendment..the NRA notsomuch

  • The discussion should be mental health, not gun control. as long as government continues to be corrupt people need their guns. It always been man’s birthright to fend for himself.

    Modernization and government has tricked the human mind thinking the we dont net to know how to harvest our own food or go to war on our own personal behalf without the involment if government.

    Dont take gun ownership away because people with mental health and family issues have acted out their despare and shared their misery.

    • Kay

      “Modernization has tricked the human mind into thinking we don’t know how to harvest our own food.” then what are farms? And ranches that raise animals for consumption? Every person can’t grow their own food this isn’t the 1800s

      • We should know how…

        Just like we should know how to own, use and care for firearms.

      • SMHgurl24

        no offense but you really need to research the food industry. the gov is currently attempting to take over the farming community by bullying local farmers and putting laws in place that prevent farmers from using their own seeds. they are forced to buy gmo seeds from gov companies. real organic farmers that raise meat are also being bulled by the fda so there is a serious problem

        • SMHgurl24

          we need to reconize these problems for what they are. guns are NOT the problem people are and all the media wants to do is put blame where it has no business being placed. this is a of mental health issues

  • SheBe

    The killer today stole those guns from his mom who purchased the guns legally. We don’t currently own a gun but the conversation has been on the table. I only used to blame the carrier but that sentiment slightly changed when the loopholes were explained to me. I think that everyone has the right to bear arms but I also think that people have a right to life. Safety should be of the utmost concern when purchasing a weapon. Owners have to be responsible but how do you measure that level of responsibility of an individual? The NRA and our elected officials have to put who’s aside and come up with something better than sending condolences, having a back and forth debate and then stalling on any forward movement.