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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