The deadly shooting involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) happened only last Saturday, but there are already signs that many Americans worry that their gun rights will be limited.
News media are reporting that sales of guns — in particular the Glock pistols like the one used by the shooter in Arizona on Jan. 8 — went up both in the Grand Canyon State and across the country. While some people may be motivated by the desire to protect themselves, many commentators believe the buying frenzy may be caused by the fear that access to guns will be restricted in the coming weeks or months.
"We're at double our volume over what we usually do," said Greg Wolff, who owns two gun shops in Arizona, quoted by Bloomberg News. The news provider cited FBI data, which suggest that handgun sales in the state rose by 60 percent on Jan. 10. That day, 263 items were sold compared to 164 on the corresponding Monday of 2009.
The agency also noted a spike in gun sales in Ohio (65 percent), Illinois (38 percent), New York (33 percent) and Florida (16 percent).
Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said that while concern over stricter gun laws was likely the reason behind the surge, he hoped elected officials will move in that direction, according to Politico.com.
Already, several lawmakers announced they will present relevant bills, including Representatives Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and Peter King (R-N.Y.).