The Aurora, Colo., theater massacre spurred fearful consumers out west to arm themselves yesterday, with some gun shop owners reporting a massive spike in business.
“The phone’s been ringing off the hook today,” said Robert Parker, owner of Parker Arms & Gunsmithing, 17 miles from the site of the rampage. “Anytime something like this happens, people are more apt to think more about wanting to protect themselves. All of those people there were just helpless.”
One hour north of Aurora at Rocky Mountain Shooter Supply, gun sales were up by about 50 percent, manager Bill Cates said.
“They’re just tired of being victims,” he said, adding that more women than usual were purchasing guns. “They just want to be able to protect themselves if they’re in a situation like that.”
Aurora was ground zero for a nationwide run on ammunition in 2009, following fears that the Obama administration would hike taxes on bullets or tighten gun laws, according to a CNN profile at the time.
But Thomas Nolan, a former Boston police officer and former associate professor of criminal justice at Boston University, said the route to safety lies in tighter control of guns.
“Many people would agree, this kind of violence doesn’t take place in other parts of the world as it does in the United States, because the weapons aren’t available,” he said.
James Eagan Holmes, 24, was carrying a military style AR-15 assault rifle, two Glock .40-caliber pistols and a Remington 12-gauge shotgun — all of which were legally purchased — when he walked into a crowded movie theater and allegedly opened fire.
The body count — 12 dead, 58 injured — is likely due to a drum-style high capacity clip on the assault rifle that holds between 50 and 100 rounds. End story from Boston Herald
So, it has begun. Gun buying was already a booming business before the shooting. The decision to have a weapon and/or carry one on you is a very serious decision. I applaud those who take up that responsibility, but it is just that, and awesome responsibility. If you are considering doing so, spend some time in a certified course. I recommend and NRA sponsored class, and plenty of time on the range learning how to properly use your weapon.
Don’t get one your friend has or what they recommend. Find a range that rents them out, try many, and look for one that feels right for you. Consider actually carrying it on you for hours day in and day out. Get a holster that is comfortable and easy to access, but secure enough the weapon is easy for you to use and not a criminal. Practice drawing and firing it from many positions with both hands in case you are injured.
I have some posts on weapons and recommend reading it. My father swears by the 1911 .45. I like the .45 for it’s stopping power, and with skill which means time on the range shooting at 15 to 25 feet to the target you can mange to double tap quickly, but it does have a kick. It is reported mossad regularly use .22 which are quite effective for a lot of reasons. There is almost no kick or recoil. You do not have to reacquire your target, and that round can do a lot of damage. Most people stop when a gun is pointed at them.
If I pull a .22, the criminal is not going to say, “dayum girl, you gonna pull that?” No, they are going to say, “Sorry, it’s a misunderstanding, give me 3 steps towards the door”. My personal choice for home protection though is a 12 gauge shotgun. Get used to shooting it though and you will be well protected.