According to a post from rawstory.com, Americans are stocking up on guns and ammo even more than they were before the recent shooting in San Bernardino.
Reuters talked to one Atlanta resident, Brandon Langley, who was at the range four days after the attack. Langley stated an opinion many feel:
“If people were armed, it would have changed the outcome totally,” Langley said of the shooting in California. Instead of 14 victims, there would have been zero, except for those two (attackers).”
The story reports that gun retailers are reporting surging sales, with many customers saying they want to keep handguns and rifles at hand for self-defense.
At Turner’s Outdoorsman, a gun shop a few blocks from the site of the San Bernardino shooting, business has been brisk since the attack, the story says.
Going by FBI NICS background check numbers, the country usually senses a spike in gun sales after mass shootings, and this has been no exception, even after record-breaking gun sales numbers were reported for Black Friday.
As some, including President Barack Obama, call for increased gun control and more laws to prevent these shootings, it appears many Americans feel differently. Last December, the Pew Research Center found that 57 percent of Americans say they believe owning a gun helps protect people from crime, the story says.
That’s up from 48 percent in 2012, with gun advocates saying new regulations would not stop people determined to commit mass murder, the story says.