Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Gun Store Owners to Loughner: Thanks for the Free Publicity!

This just blows me away (pun intended).  Following the Tucson massacre, sales of the Glock that Loughner used to kill 6 Americans have jumped through the roof.

"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.

"'We’re at double our volume over what we usually do,' Wolff said two days after the shooting spree that also left 14 wounded, including Democratic Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who remains in critical condition."

This is insane.  In Arizona alone gun sales increased 60 percent, with huge increases in states all across the country-- with the largest jumps in states with lax restrictions on the sale of guns.  Overall since the shooting, the sale of guns has risen 5 percent in the US.

My question:  is it because people suddenly are stricken with this fear that they need to be protected, or is it because the efficacy of the weapon has been proven very publicly?  I'm astounded either way, but I fear it may be the latter-- the ability of the extended clip was demonstrated quite easily by Mr. Loughner, as he was able to fire 33 rounds into the crowd without reloading.

Listen, this is an industry driven by murder and crime, with death as its advertisement.  Can we-- as the most violent nation in the first world-- please start safeguarding our citizens with the word of law, instead of the ability to carry concealed murder weapons without a permit (as is the law in Arizona)?

We have the right to bear arms and I believe in it.  However, the "arms" that I use to protect myself from crime and government injustice are non-violent protest, direct action, and civil disobedience.  Their efficacy has been proven.  I urge others to use them instead of visiting Mr. Wolff's "Glockmeister" stores.

Or do we need more 9 year old girls to die for our "safety?"


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