After Newtown, President Barack Obama appointed Vice President Joe Biden to chair a committee charged with the reconsideration of our nation’s gun laws. Immediately gun sales in Texas and elsewhere began to skyrocket.
Austin, Texas, TV station KXAN reports that Brownell’s, which according to its website is the world’s largest purveyor of firearms, sold a 3½-year supply of magazine clips in just three days. Brownell’s reports orders might be delayed due to “extreme volumes.” At the time the website also was reporting that it wasn’t too late to buy eGift cards for Christmas.
So, ironically, the massacre of 26, including 20 children, in Newtown, Conn., has spurred a buying boom of the very weapons that made it possible. It also stiffened the will of avid gun control opponents, particularly the National Rifle Association.