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"A lot of people will say it's because of the election [of Obama] and I tend to think that's true. I saw a little bit of a bump," she says. "But as these mass murders occur, people are concerned.... They feel that they need to be able to protect their own family. It's a sense of personal responsibility...not that they feel any disappointment in law enforcement...but a lot of people are saying, 'How can I protect myself in the event of a criminal attack before the police get there?'"

She saw a small jump in business after the shootings in Aurora, but nothing like what she is seeing now.

"People are starting to see that gun-free zones are really just the grounds for these types of tragedies to occur...and also because it was a school, it was little kids.... It just breaks your hearts.... It's just a feeling of horror that these small children were slaughtered and nobody had the ability to do anything about it," she says.

Francone's comments echo those made at the controversial press conference that the NRA held last week in which Wayne LaPierre said guns are not to blame for this kind of tragedy and schools need armed guards.

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Families of the Aurora theater shooting at a press conference last week calling for stricter gun laws.

In Colorado and across the country, those who support stricter gun policies are criticizing the NRA and its backers, arguing that sensible laws that limit access to military style weapons and high-capacity magazines would help reduce the risk of such horrific massacres. They say that the answer is not more guns and that there are ways to enact reasonable policies that in no way violate people's rights to bear arms.

But Francone says calls for gun control are sparking fears in gun owners and those who want to become gun owners -- which, in turn, has increased interest in her courses.

"The common comment is, 'I want to take it before it's too late. I want to but a gun before I'm not able to do that. But I want to take a class before I buy it,'" she says. "As a citizen, I don't like the idea that my firearms could be taken away from me. I think the Second Amendment guarantees my right.... As an instructor, as a mother, I worry."

Gun-control advocates frequently note that their recommendations would not violate the Constitution, but would simply provide for better regulation. But their opponents disagree.

"I don't know that there is one simple solution, but I don't believe that restricting firearms from citizens who legally possess them is the answer," Francone says. "But frankly, I don't what is."

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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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