Just one month after the Newtown, Conn., shooting, President Barack Obama unveiled a comprehensive plan to curb gun violence. Gun shop owners have been seeing increased sales since the shooting because many people were anticipating Wednesday’s announcement.
Tyler Deckard works at the Four Seasons Gun Shop in Bloomington. He says sales have doubled each week since the massacre.
“We’ve seen people buying guns that ‘hey I’ve always wanted this gun and I don’t know if I’m going to be able to get it again,’ and then we’ve had people buying guns that have never bought a gun before and thinking that they might not be able to get them so now’s the chance,” Deckard says.
Mr. Obama’s proposal includes banning certain assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines, and implementing mandatory background checks for all gun purchases.
Indiana University professor Paul Helmke is the former president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
“Sadly, any time there’s a mass shooting in this country, instead of talking about steps to make it harder for dangerous people to get guns, some folks start saying the answer is more guns in more places,” he says. “And in effect that’s what I look at these bills as. Some of our legislators say we need more guns on college campuses, we need more guns on state property, we need less restrictions on guns and that’s the sort of thing that I think makes it more dangerous for all of us.”
An AP poll released this week found a majority of Americans support stricter gun laws.