by Jeremy Moule
At this point, it’s well documented that mass shootings cause people to buy guns. This was pointed out in an Atlantic Wire article published yesterday.
So it shouldn’t be a surprise that, starting Friday morning — immediately following the tragedy in Aurora — Colorado saw increased gun-buying activity.
An article published Monday in the Denver Post used state background checks as a gauge of people’s interest in purchasing a gun:
“Between Friday and Sunday, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to purchase a firearm — a 43 percent increase over the previous Friday through Sunday and a 39 percent jump over those same days on the first weekend of July,” the article said.
“The biggest spike was on Friday,” said the article, “when there were 1,216 checks, a 43 percent increase over the average number for the previous two Fridays.”
It appears that there’s at least some self-defense interest behind the run on guns. The Post article also says that firearms instructors are seeing “increased interest” from people who want to take the training needed to get a concealed-carry permit.