Straightforward Shooting sees huge surge of interest in gun classes after Connecticut tragedy

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Straightforward Shooting
Since the horrific mass shooting in Connecticut that claimed the lives of twenty children, there has been a renewed gun-control debate in Colorado -- along with a record-breaking number of residents looking to buy guns. Now a Littleton business that offers gun classes says it's seeing unprecedented interest in lessons and training, with more than quadruple the typical number of inquiries.

The gun violence in Newtown, Connecticut, in which a shooter entered an elementary school and killed twenty children and six adults, has sparked much debate and outrage in Colorado, which faced its own mass shooting on July 20 at an Aurora movie theater.

On the policy side, Governor John Hickenlooper has said that the time has come to consider new legislation on guns and President Barack Obama has set up a gun-violence task force, his boldest move yet on the matter.

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Screenshoot of Straightforward Shooting website.
At the same time, more people in Colorado are making efforts to purchase firearms, completely overwhelming the background-check system. As the Denver Post notes in a story on the surge, the wait list for the thousands of customers seeking background checks is now at least 100 hours long.

Today, we caught up with Tina Francone, the founder and owner of Straightforward Shooting, a business based in Littleton that offers a range of classes in basic pistol shooting, concealed handguns, concealed carry and more. And interest in those classes has really increased, says Francone, a National Rifle Association-certified instructor who lives in Littleton and has run the business for several years: "What I'm seeing is an urgency in a lot of people: 'I need to take it. I need to take it now. Do you have a class at 4 o'clock today?' It's definitely a feel of urgency. 'I want to make sure that I'm trained, because I want to be able to purchase my firearms and know how to use them.'"

Over the past two weeks, her website has had more than 700 hits -- about quadruple the amount of traffic she usually gets around this time of year, which is always her busiest. And she says she's getting close to a hundred calls a day and as many e-mails from people interested in signing up for courses -- which is also around four times the usual number of inquiries.

Her classes are now booked solid through the middle of February. While there have been some delays in the past, she says, for the first time she's now putting people on waiting lists -- because they are asking.

"When I say the next available is the middle of February, they say, 'Can I get on a waiting list? If anything opens up, will you call me? I'll pay you extra,'" she says, adding, "My phone continues to ring all day long. And as quickly as I can clear my inbox, it is full again."

From her conversations with interested customers, she says it's clear that people are worried about stricter gun laws and want to make sure they can get the firearms and the training they need before it becomes more difficult. And, she adds, people are also just very upset about such a horrible tragedy and want to take precautions.

Continue for more of our interview with Tina Francone.


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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Different states have attempted to barter everything from cash and pro sporting tickets to cell phones and bags of groceries, in exchange for guns . 

With A64 a 'done' deal here in Colorado,  why not, 'OZ' s for Guns' ? We'd have firearms coming in from ALL 50 states !!!  Enough to fully supply some crooked terrorist, I mean 'ally' army,  in Iran ! 

Campaign w/ that 'Tommy' !.....

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Sell all the guns they want !!!! 

More power to them ALL !!!

Charge $5,000.00 per bullet & forget about it ........

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

I am happy to see I am not the only one that thinks it is better to have BLOW JOB SKILLS. The Colbert Report has confirmed this issue! I NEED GLASSES to blind me to being a SECOND CLASS CITIZEN to ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS! HELL..O YOU ARE TOO!

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

i know you like to play stupid but its on simpleton

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Scratch a Gun Nut ... it bleeds yellow-bellied cowardice.

Monkey
Monkey

@Juan_Leg Gun exchange programs work, but not the way you think. The people who turn guns in are the people with guns that don't work, or would cost more to fix than what they are trading them in for. I would definitely trade in a low quality piece of shit that doesn't work for an OZ, but if they ban certain guns, those will be worth more than weed, and sold to anyone with the cash, then you can just buy weed the old fashioned way, with the money you got from the guns.

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay The whole U.S. has seen a decline in violent crimes and homicide, and more so in states with less gun-control.

Despite New York's pride as a big safe city, it witnessed gun violence at levels unheard of most anywhere else in the world. Chicago has more gun-control than NY, if you can believe that's possible, but they show much different results.

New York City announced that 2012 was the safest on record, with 414 homicides beating the previous low of 471 in 2009.

Chicago, meanwhile, at about a third the size of NYC proper, drew near its 500th homicide of the year. It was the first time the city had approached the mark since 2008, when 512 were killed.

To compare the two, you must conclude, more gun regulations = more murder. The evil Bushmaster AR-15 is made in NY.

Monkey
Monkey

@Juan_Leg I have around 5000 brass casings. If I can re-load them and sell them for 10% of what you propose, that's 2.5 million in my pocket. Your plan would help me out, and everyone else who decides to sell ammo, but our police force would be broke buying all their ammo from me. Actually...sounds pretty good, special price for you is only $100 per round. From what I see, ammo and scary looking guns have doubled in price since the little ones were killed, yet record sales persist. I wouldn't be surprised if the gun lobby hire anti-gun groups to talk shit, because whenever they do, gun/ammo dealers get a big increase in profit, every time. The more they bitch, the more we buy, it's a beautiful relationship.

Monkey
Monkey

@RustyShackleford  Not even Feinstein would propose people "turn in" there guns, that's why so many are buying them up at a record rate. You would see another Civil War if any government agency tried to do that here in America. I hate to break it to you, but, "their shiny new toys" will just be worth more money if any bill gets passed. Your dream of the Gestapo roaming the streets and seizing weapons is disturbing, not even our reactionary legislators are as crazy as you, and that's saying something.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Monkey 

A recent exchange in L.A. yielded THREE rocket-launchers ! Two of which were fully functional ! I'm not by any means an authoritative voice on firearms but I will agree when viewing footage of collected guns, most DID look damaged & nonfunctional . 

Are parts to guns EASIER to obtain than a complete firearm ? Does one need a permit for these items used to REPAIR a broken 'piece' ?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Monkey 

You must not be a fan of 'stand-up' . The $5,000.000 per bullet, if I recall correctly, was a Chris Rock joke from the early 90's. It's just one of those which stuck w/ me for many years .

You truly are one of the few, 'voices of reason' in these blogs & I do make a point to keep up w/ your entries . For some reason, you are 'UN-followable' or you'd be on my 'hi-lite' list .

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Monkey @RustyShackleford 

Amerikkkans = Cowardly Cunts

You'll never see another U$ Civil War, as the Americunt Cowards will gladly surrender any and every Constitutional Right they have left at the slightest sign of danger -- real or imaginary -- as they did willingly while trembling in piss-pant fear after 9.11

Your pathetic delusions of armed insurrection or resistance are as empty as a Texan's threat to secede from the union.

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