The tragedy at Sandy Hook this past December sparked a nationwide gun control debate, but that’s not all that it sparked, according to a report by the Associated Press on Tuesday, March 19.
The town of about 27,000 people generally issues about 130 gun permits each year, however, since mid-December it has already received 79 applications, almost triple the normal amount. At the same time, firearm sales have hit record numbers around the nation, thus spawning the joke, yet again, that Barack Obama is the world’s greatest gun salesman.
The surge in both permit applications and guns sales not only in Newtown, but around the nation has been the result of the predictable threat against Second Amendment rights following the Newtown tragedy.
The record manager for the Newtown Police Department, Robert Berkins, told the Associated Press:
“A good percentage of people are making it clear they think their rights are going to be taken away”
“We're all upset about what happened in Newtown, but it doesn't mean ... we want to have our rights taken away.”
Berkins then goes on to explain that they are also seeing a wider variety of applicants, not just the usual hunters, target shooters and business owners.
The massive increase may come as a surprise to some since gun-grabbers and biased mainstream media have been hard at work trying to convince the general population that the entire country, excluding, of course, those radical gun enthusiasts, is entirely backing their support of gun control. Clearly, they are wrong.
According to the NRA, a permit is needed to purchase handguns in Connecticut, while rifle and shotgun purchases require a two-week waiting period. Registration is required for “assault weapons”, which are not to be confused with machine guns, which are regulated at the federal level. Licenses are required to either own or carry handguns, while they are not required for rifle and shotgun ownership. In addition, the state of Connecticut already has a ban on “assault weapons”, again, not to be confused with machine guns.
Evidently, it’s not a matter of more laws or bans on specific firearms or magazines that will resolve the problem of violence in this nation, and violence is certainly not the fault of any gun, as guns don’t generally fire themselves, unless, of course, you’re a shotgun using an AR-15 for protection.
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