After the Connecticut tragedy, a record number of Coloradans seeking to buy guns

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After the tragic mass shooting in Connecticut on Friday, Governor John Hickenlooper, no stranger to devastation, said the time has come to talk gun control. President Obama has also signaled his interest in policy changes. But thousands of Colorado residents are having a different reaction: They are looking to purchase more firearms -- and in record-setting numbers.

On Saturday, the day after a gunman entered an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and killed twenty children and six adults, there was a record one-day total of 4,154 firearm background checks submitted at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, officials reported yesterday.

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Governor John Hickenlooper answers questions about gun control on Friday after an event.

The post-tragedy surge in those seeking guns is not entirely surprising. After the Aurora theater massacre that left twelve dead and dozens more injured in July, Colorado dealers turned in 40 percent more background check requests for gun purchasers in the following days, as compared to the weekend prior. This surge occurred even as Hickenlooper was virtually silent on gun control in the immediate aftermath, saying that it wasn't the right time to talk about policy and that he wasn't sure stricter laws could have stopped someone like suspect James Holmes.

But would a tragedy on the other side of the country have the same kind of impact?

Apparently so, though, CBI notes in a statement that officials aren't implying any causality in these new numbers, saying, "CBI cannot speculate on the reasoning behind this weekend's surge as staff simply processes the requests, and has no interaction with customers."

Officials do confirm that CBI's InstaCheck Unit has been experiencing the highest ever volumes for firearm background checks submitted across the state.

Even thought the 4,154 checks submitted Saturday set a new record, the unit did process 3,001 checks the day before. And the Saturday number is not much far ahead of a record set on Black Friday, November 22, just a few weeks earlier, when 4,028 background checks were processed for firearms purchases.

CBI says that the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is experiencing similar volume to CBI's InstaCheck numbers.

This local surge is already attracting a lot of media interest with dispatches across the state from gun dealers handling the increased demand.

Continue for more details on how CBI is handling the unprecedented surge.


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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"Apparently so, though, CBI notes in a statement that officials aren't implying any causality in these new numbers, saying, 'CBI cannot speculate on the reasoning behind this weekend's surge as staff simply processes the requests, and has no interaction with customers.'"

Just go ahead and read internet forums, and you'll know why. The number of people talking about various bans has encouraged people who value freedoms to exercise those freedoms now.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I just scored a cool 'G-N-R' bootleg .

That's all the 'Guns' I need .....

Monkey
Monkey

Gun sales surge after well publicized shootings because people want to protect themselves, not from violent criminals, but from special interest groups that want to strip their freedom away. Gun and ammo dealers should thank the anti-gun groups, they increase sales better than any advertising could. 

JimTom
JimTom

Got to get what you can before all the liberals take away you rights. It's funny that liberals used to be known for personal freedoms. I guess they should start looking for a new definative term.   

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Behold American Gun MADNESS!

American Gun Cowards!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Willingness to purchase an instrument of self-defense is not cowardice. Running to mommy government to STOP people from doing so IS.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay That, and the people who live in abject fear would be the ones so threatened by inanimate object that they're inclined to ban them.

JimTom
JimTom

then get a job or some food stamps or something. There are plenty of my tax dollars to go around.

No Snakes
No Snakes

True.  If the government takes away guns, people with just use knives, axes, clubs, and anything else that can possibly kill.  Are we going to outlaw kitchen knives, or baseball bats?  How about requiring a background check, which I condone in the case of firearms?  A lot of female college students have been choked to death with their own underwear in the process of being raped.  Are we going to outlaw bras and panties? (No lewd comments, please).

If guns were outlawed, only the good people would comply.  Face it, bad guys don’t care if the break one more law.  Since a large number of people on this site HATE the police and don’t feel like the police will protect them.  I am curious what their SERIOUS plan is.  Are they going to arm for their own defense, or roll over and be someone’s B****?

You can’t eliminate evil, but eliminating the ability of good people to defend themselves is not an option.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Banning comes from cowardous, not allowing people to be free. I believe in a free market, WMD would be actively discouraged because their impact cannot be limited to an aggressor.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay The behavior of banning is cowardous, not freedom. That requires the kind of courage of which you have an obvious deficit.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay When jackasses like you use the term "anarchist" it generally invites visions of leftist bomb-throwers. I'm not leftist, and I'm not a bomb-thrower.

I believe all human interaction should be peaceful and voluntary. What's wrong with that?

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@chrisestus I'd like a pony, a toy choo-choo and an AR-15 with a ergonomic front grip, a twin mag lock and a heated stock for those cold winter nights.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident

1) not very efficient for spontaneous tactical deployment.

2) which is why Home Made Bombs are ILLEGAL.

hth.

No Snakes
No Snakes

Actually any other than a gun would be the correct answer.  When a person fires a gun (barring a silencer) it makes a sound that warns others of the threat.  A psychopath could easily kill a hundred people with a knife and nobody would know until the killer was clear of the area.In the unlikely event you are a Trekkie, there is a Klingon proverb that says, “Four thousand throats may be cut in a single night by a running man.”I know Star Trek is a TV show and a movie, but I suspect the proverb, while exaggerated, could hold a great deal of truth.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@No Snakes "If the government takes away guns, people with just use knives, axes, clubs, and anything else that can possibly kill."

Which weapon can kill more people in the shortest amount of time with the least risk to the killer?

Take your time ... it's an open book quiz.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@No Snakes With regard to hating the cops, been there, done that. The thing is, the war on drugs, and pot, to a large degree, is what makes drives such lack of respect for law enforcement, who we used to call peace officers. If they were allowed to continue to behave like peace officers, they'd be treated with a lot more warmth and respect.

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