Tucson shooting spikes local gun sales

By: Rick Springer Email
By: Rick Springer Email

According to the FBI, in the days after the mass shooting in Tucson gun sales soared in several states, including Texas and Oklahoma.

Experts believe those sales were triggered by fears of possible new gun control laws. What about here in Texoma ? Rick Springer has more on the story.

The tragic shooting in Tucson that killed 6 people and injured 14 others on Saturday has had an impact on people all over the country.

"It certainly is a tragedy, and we did have memorial resolution to pay respect to those that lost their lives and were injured in that incident, and certainly our prayers and best wishes for the family," said State Representative Larry Phillips (Texas-District 62).

Immediately following the shooting, gun sales in Arizona shot up by 60 percent and by 65 percent in Ohio. Sales have also increased here in Texoma.

"I've seen a little bit of influx in sales and part of It might be based off of what happened," said Red River Firearms owner Jason Webb.

Webb says when shooting rampages like the one in Tucson happen, people rush to buy the same gun used in the incident for fear of it being banned. In this case it's the Glock 19.

"The Glock 19 sales are at an increase because that I think is what people perceive as the gun could be banned because that's what he used," said Webb.

But Webb says the Glock 19 is like any other gun, and the fact that the killer chose that weapon is of no significance.

"He could have picked a Beretta, he could have picked a Carr, he could have picked a Wilson, he could of picked a Kimber and the list goes on. That was just his gun of choice," said Webb.

Representative Phillips is currently in Legislative session in Austin. He say that he doesn't believe a gun ban would solve anything.

"I certainly do not believe that we need stricter gun laws. People do things that are not smart, and I don't think that would have effected the situation," said Rep. Phillips.

The gunman in the Tucson shooting has been described as a loner and mentally unstable. Phillips says that the prevention of acts of violence like these doesn't lie in future legislation, it lies in the hands of the people in our communities.

"We need to be aware of those that are having troubles, and we need to reach out in our individual capacity, and we need to make sure that we're being good neighbors."

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    A bullet is nothing more than a high-tech sharp stick. The indisputable fact remains: people were killing people long before there were guns, and there will still be fatalities after guns become obsolete. Be patient, someday they will be. But, then it will be another weapon. Weapons technology will advance. People will not.
  • by Biffco Location: Sherman on Feb 2, 2011 at 08:04 AM
    The indisputable fact remains: no ones going to get shot if there are no guns in the picture. The chances of me or my children being harmed of killed by gunfire approaches zero if there are no firearms there in the first place. No guns = no gun fatalities.
  • by Chuck Location: Pottsboro on Jan 27, 2011 at 12:05 PM
    Its funny to me that the most dangerous citys in the US have the most gun control.That when a state passes concealed carry laws the crime rate drops.If you don't want a gun fine just don't disarm me.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:00 AM
    Statistics say that you are more likely to die from a physician's mistake than from a firearm accident. 17% verses 0.00188% based on the number of physicians (700,000)and the number of gun owners(80 million)and the number of accidents.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    I just read at another web site that a proposal in Utah would make the Colt 1911 pistol that state's official state gun. Texas should do the same with the Colt Peacemaker. That would be cool.
  • by j Location: ardmore on Jan 26, 2011 at 11:17 AM
    Kind of ironic that we are having this discussion and there's a story on the front page right now about a home invasion where the homeowner confronted the intruder with a gun.
  • by Biffco Location: Sherman on Jan 25, 2011 at 06:23 AM
    You guys be careful! Approximately 65,000 injuries and 30,000 human fatalities per year (39% homicide,57% suicides, 2% accidental) caused by firearms in the U.S.
  • by j Location: ardmore on Jan 24, 2011 at 08:00 AM
    Biffco - yes, some people go overboard with their thinking. Personally, I have no fear of having my guns taken away nor did I give any thought whatsoever to going out and buying a gun based on this Tuscon event, or any other event in the past.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 at 06:52 AM
    My dad had me shooting when I was six-years-old and fifty years later I have'nt shot anyone, accidently or otherwise and I have never lived in a house where there was not a gun. I realize our society has become more and more ignorant about firearms over the years, but the Tucson shooting was not about guns, ammo, or high capacity magazines any more than baseball bats or hammers. It is about a psycho that should have been dealt with long before this happened.
  • by J Location: ardmore on Jan 24, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    I'm terribly sorry for expanding the conversation to include geographic locations other than Texoma. I will try not to think so much. I realize some people don't get out much. I'll try not to mention anything that occurs outside of your little box.
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