There’s something terribly sick about this.
Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers after a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8.
Wolff was right. Instead of hurting sales, the massacre had the $499 semi-automatic pistols — popular with police, sport shooters and gangsters — flying out the doors of his Glockmeister stores in Mesa and Phoenix.
A national debate over weaknesses in state and federal gun laws stirred by the shooting has stoked fears among gun buyers that stiffer restrictions may be coming from Congress, gun dealers say. The result is that a deadly demonstration of the weapon’s effectiveness has also fired up sales of handguns in Arizona and other states, according to federal law enforcement data.
A mentally unstable individual murders six people and people rush out to purchase the weapon he used in the massacre. Insanity. Since the Saturday shooting, handgun sales across the country have risen by 5% which leads me to believe that gun manufacturers must celebrate each time a madman decides to listen to the little voices in his head.
And here’s more data to consider: Arizona has one of the least restrictive set of gun laws in the country in terms of ownership and carry requirements and you are five times more likely to die from a gun shot in Arizona than you are in Hawaii. Concealed weapons require no special permit. And guns, concealed or open carry, are permitted in most establishments including restaurants. Not surprisingly, Arizona has the second highest tally of gun related deaths in the country. The NRA will tell you that there is no correlation between gun laws and gun deaths, but the fact remains that the states with the most restrictive gun laws just happen to be the states with the fewest gun deaths. Pure coincidence I’m sure.
A South Carolina gun and accessories company is selling semi-automatic rifle components inscribed with “You lie” – a tribute to the infamous words of 2nd District Republican Congressman Joe Wilson when he shouted at President Barack Obama during a congressional speech about national health care reform in the fall of 2009.
Palmetto State Armory would like to honor our esteemed congressman Joe Wilson with the release of our new ‘You Lie’ AR-15 lower receiver,” reads a portion of the company’s website
“Only 999 of these will be produced, get yours before they are gone!” the website reads.
Does it sometimes feel as if it’s all getting a little crazier by the day?
- Glock Sales Surge After Arizona Shootings (businessweek.com)
- “You Lie” Semi-Automatic Rifle Components (politicalwire.com)
- Joe Wilson’s “You Lie” Engraved On AR-15 Parts By Gun Maker (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Rep Joe Wilson “Honored” By “You Lie” On Assault Gun Component (alan.com)
- Can you Believe This!!? (pochp.wordpress.com)
- Joe Wilson ‘You Lie’ line of assault weapons to go on sale (americablog.com)
- Will Tucson Tragedy Shift Gun Control Debate? (cbsnews.com)
- Will Tucson Tragedy Shift Gun Control Debate? – CBS News (news.google.com)