The number of people applying for permits to buy guns in Newtown, Connecticut is about twice the number who applied in 2012, before the Sandy Hook murders.
Across the United States, this is the pattern. Gun sales are way up. Ammunition sales are way up.
The gun control lobby goes into high gear to get gun control laws passed whenever there is a front-page shooting incident. This leads to an automatic response by pro-gun-ownership Americans: they buy more guns.
In Illinois, the legislature passed a bill to allow counties to issue concealed weapons permits. The governor vetoed the bill. The legislature overrode it.
This frustrates the gun control lobby. What looks like a golden opportunity to mobilize politicians to pass gun control laws, does not work nationally. The push to get news laws passed provokes a well-organized political response from the Second Amendment lobby.
The Senate’s Democrats have shelved plans this year for getting a bill through the Senate to tighten gun purchase background checks. The leaders held a press conference vowing to introduce it in 2014. But 2014 is a Congressional election year. If they cannot get a bill passed in 2013, why do they think 2014 will be a better time? They don’t. The promise was just a sop to their supporters.