Poll: Are You Concerned About the Increasing Numbers of Gun Sales in California?

Experts say gun sales typically jump after major tragedies like the Colorado movie theatre shooting.


One week after 12 people were shot and killed at a showing of the new Batman movie in Aurora, Colorado, the California Department of Justice announced it expects state residents will buy over 700,000 pistols, rifles and shotguns in 2012.

According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, that means firearm sales this year will nearly double from five years ago, when 370,628 weapons were sold.

Gun sales in Colorado jumped significantly in the days after the shooting. The Huffington Post quotes sources as saying that in addition to a surge in California sales, Florida, Washington, Oregon, and Georgia also reported increases in gun purchases.

According to the Chronicle, our state "doesn't record the personal history of those who purchase guns, nor their reasons for buying them, so it's hard to pinpoint a reason for the increase."

Sales typically increase in large numbers after incidents like 9/11 and the Colorado shooting. One gun store owner quoted by the Chronicle spoke about new customers drawn to arming themselves after personally feeling the effects of crime.

"The police aren't there to save you," argued the owner. "They're there to clean up the mess and make a report after the fact. There aren't enough police to protect civilians - there just isn't."

Meanwhile, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is asking President Obama and Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney to move beyond rhetoric and provide some concrete solutions for gun control. Their website urges you to sign a petition drive now underway.

What do you think? Do the increasing numbers of gun sales concern you? Are heavily-publicized incidents of gun violence the result of too many firearms in circulation? Or was Aurora an isolated incident, and the majority of gun owners responsible citizens simply exercising their constitutional right to bear arms?

Tell us in your comments. Then take the poll below.

Josiah Folsom August 28, 2012 at 05:48 PM
I would just like to bring to attention part of the 2nd Amendment that I feel was not properly defined. The Amendment does state that "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." (U.S. Constitution). Now if you look at the definition for the word "Militia" it does not refer to the military. According to Dictionary.com and Merriam Webster, Militia is defined as; "a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency ", "a body of citizens organized for military service". Now most people know that our government may call upon the American people in a time of emergency to fight in the military. In the definition of Militia it does not say that there is a body of soldiers organized for military service, but rather a body of "citizens". So through definition the "people" recognized in the 2nd Amendment are civilians, not the military. The right given to the people to keep and bear refers to all of the American people not just the military.
Frank Geefay August 29, 2012 at 01:13 AM
@Josiah Folsom. So following your reasoning one has the right to bear arms if bearing these arms are for the sole purpose of serving in a well regulated Militia. Is that the reason why people have firearms. Are these firearms appropriate for a modern militia? I doubt that this is even the intent of a single person of the millions of firearms that are owned today in America. I don't think this reasoning is valid or has a reasonable expectation. People primarily buy guns to kill another person or for self defense. Other lesser uses are for target practice and hunting. No one excepts a National Guard solder has a gun that could be used in a well regulated Militia and these weapons are government issue and their use strictly controlled by the government.
Josiah Folsom August 29, 2012 at 01:43 AM
@Frank Geefay, In my reasoning I never stated that firearms were for the sole purpose of serving in a Militia. I simply stated that Militia does not mean "military". That Militia refers to civilians. And in the second part of the Amendment where it says "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." I just wanted to point out that it says "the people" to keep and bear arms not the military. My only purpose in my post was to thoroughly define the words in the Constitution. So even though in your opinion you don't feel that civilians should be band from having guns, according to the Second Amendment it is a civilian right to keep and bear arms. I said nothing about the purpose a certain individual may have concerning the firearm and its use.
Frank Geefay August 29, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Though I don't agree with your opinion and the opinion of millions of gun owners in this country, as well as the majority ruling of the Supreme court, I do respect those opinions because that is the law of the land. I dislike anything which primary intent is to take human life. And gun do this most efficiently and selectively. Gives me shivers just thinking about it. But I guess that is just me.
CRAIG GINESTRA March 20, 2013 at 12:43 AM
That was when the British had muskets. None of our woluld be enemys would be carrying muskets or any thing close. Also I believe the 2nd ammendment was also to protect us from oppresive goverment. as absolute power corupts. I as a NAVEY VETERAN SWORE TO PROTECT TO CONSTITUTION FROM ALL ENEMY FORIEGN OR DOMESTIC. So did all of elected officals. I will not give up mine you fools can if you choose to not I. Wait till something bad happens and the only law around to protect your right and family is you and your GUNS and your neighbors with GUNS.CRAIG GINESTRA,FATHER,HUSBAND,NAVEY VETERAN.FROM SAN JOSE,CA


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