People scared of getting “effed” up!
Gun stores across America have reported a roaring trade for pistols, especially the Austrian-made Glock weapon that retails for about $499. In Arizona alone, one day sales of pistols rose 60 per cent on Monday to 263, compared to 164 on the corresponding day a year ago, according to FBI statistics. Different brands of handguns have been flying off the shelves, but Arizona gun sellers said the biggest seller was the Glock 19 – the model used by 22-year-old killer Jared Loughner.
Since the shooting, handgun sales rose 65 per cent to 395 in Ohio; 16 per cent to 672 in California; 38 per cent to 348 in Illinois; and 33 per cent to 206 in New York, the FBI data show. Sales increased nationally about 5 per cent, to 7,906 guns.
Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun stores, said today: ‘We’re at double our volume over what we usually do. When something like this happens people get worried that the government is going to ban stuff. ‘It’s one of the greatest guns made in the history of the world,’ he told Bloomberg. It is also one of the most popular side-arms for U.S. police forces.
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Elsewhere, security tightened on Capitol Hill as grief-stricken lawmakers, their spouses and staffers were briefed about their own personal safety in the wake of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. About 800 members of Congress, staff and spouses discussed security in a conference call with Capitol Police Chief Philip Morse, FBI officials and other top congressional security staff. GOP House leaders to increase members’ operating budgets in order to pay for more security in their districts, a proposal made in the wake of the Tucson shooting spree.
In Illinois, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. fretted over the fact that lawmakers work out of offices with no special protections. Jackson said lawmakers may need money for surveillance cameras, better locks —or even higher rent, if they need to move their offices to more secure locations. In addition, more security may be needed at district town hall meetings, and Jackson said local governments sending in police protection should not have to pay the tab.