Drudge has a link to an AJC story about gun sales and concealed carry permit applications have increased since the tragedy in Newtown, CT. It’s not all that surprising with all the talk of gun control legislation (and, who knows, maybe an executive order or 20 from President Obama). Not to mention, a Senator from California who has previously stated that she would’ve pushed to ban all guns but didn’t have the votes. In addition to that, you have lawmakers across the country talking of publishing names and addresses of permit holders and just outright confiscating guns that the government (because they know better than you) deems as “dangerous” for responsible citizens.
I know the probate court’s office in my county has been busy with permit requests, and I’m sure it’s a similar story in other counties. What happened in Newtown, CT was horrible. The families and the town have been permanently scarred by this tragedy. However, I don’t believe that gun control laws would have prevented this. The shooter violated the law once he came on campus with a gun. He was a demented criminal. I don’t believe the systematic disarmament of citizens will prevent criminals from committing violent crimes. Perhaps we should consider how many lives would have been saved if there was a teacher or administrator on campus who access to a gun and was properly trained on how to respond to a gunman on campus. No doubt legislation will come about to address this issue in the upcoming session of the General Assembly.