By Dennis Seid/NEMS Daily Journal
Gun dealers say guns and ammunition have been selling briskly all year for a variety of reasons, but Friday’s tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., sent more buyers their way.
With renewed calls for tighter gun control and a pledge by President Barack Obama to use the power of his office to tackle gun violence, gun rights advocates are stocking up on weapons and ammunition.
David Carr, owner of Carr’s Guns & Ammunition in Saltillo, said customers kept the store busy Friday and Saturday. There were some waiting for him to open on Monday.
“We sold out of some guns Saturday and people are buying a lot of ammunition,” he said. “They’re also buying a lot of survival food.
“But what happened Friday was horrible – nobody wants to see that.”
Friday’s gunman attacked Sandy Hook Elementary and killed 26 people at the school, including 20 children. He also killed his mother and then shot himself at the school.
But Carr and other gun dealers say the demand for guns and ammunition has been growing since Obama was elected four years ago. “There was a big rush after he was elected, then there was a lull, and then it picked up again this fall,” Carr said.
Democrats are viewed as far less friendly by gun owners, who believe that stricter laws will be pushed in light of Friday’s tragedy.
“It’s terrible what happened Friday,” said George Partlow, owner of Hunter’s Haven in Tupelo. “A lot of gun owners know something is coming and they want to be prepared.”
Demand is high and supply is tight, the dealers said. Distributors are raising prices.
The men said they strictly follow all the federal gun laws now in place, but aren’t sure what other laws will be pushed through.
Gun rights advocates say people intent on doing harm will get around any law. Some point out that the mother of the shooter on Friday legally owned the guns her son used on his murder spree.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday gun violence is a complex problem that will require a “comprehensive solution,” including gun control measures.
He added gun control is not the only solution to stopping shootings like the Connecticut attack.