Gun Sales Surge in Wake of Colorado Theater Shooting

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio — In the wake of the Colorado movie massacre, gun stores have reported an increase in sales.

By some estimates, stores across the country have seen sales jump from 40 – 60 percent.

Last Friday, a heavily armed gunman opened fire inside a packed Aurora, Colorado theater killing 12 people and wounding dozens more.

Police say, James Holmes, 24, carefully planned and executed the onslaught and was armed with an arsenal of bullets, rifles and tear gas. In response to that terror, bloodshed and panic gun and ammunition sales are skyrocketing.

Diane Donnett, owner and manager of Stonewall Gun Shop and Range in Broadview Heights says anytime a tragedy like this happens people react. She says people are not only afraid of copycats, but also of increased gun control legislation.

“The first thing is, okay, the only way to control this from happening again is to put more gun regulations in place,” said Donnett,” But you know what, that’s not going to happen.”

Donnett says gun owners will fight to keep their second amendment right to bear arms.

Support for stricter gun control laws is also at an all-time low. According to a recent Gallup poll it’s dropped from 78 percent in 1990 to just 44 percent last year.

But Diane doesn’t think the Colorado mass shooting is the only reason people want guns. She says the current United Nations small arms treaty that’s being negotiated has people nervous. The treaty is aimed at terrorists but could put gun owners in the United States in the crosshair because it could go after small arms and weapons.

“It’s a backdoor to get rid of the second amendment right because the U.N. can step in and say we don’t want your civilians to have guns,” said Donnett.

If the treaty passes it would have to be ratified by the U.S. Senate.

In the meantime, Diane says people may keep stocking up just in case.

“People are scared,” said Donnett, “and an armed society is a safe society.”

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