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Arizonans Rush to Buy Glocks After Shooting

by Cord Jefferson

January 13, 2011

Though stories of selfless heroism provided a silver lining in the immediate wake of the attack on Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday, it has also been followed by a rush to stock up on guns.

On Monday, Arizona's handgun sales jumped 60 percent compared to the same Monday last year, the second-biggest increase of any state in the country. Among the biggest sellers? The Glock 19, the very gun alleged gunman Jared Loughner used to shoot Giffords and kill six others.

A similar jump in gun sales happened in Virginia in 2007 following that state's infamous Virginia Tech massacre. "When something like this happens," said Greg Wolff, owner of Arizona's Glockmeister gun stores, "people get worried that the government is going to ban stuff."

photo (cc) via Flickr user Smarter

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Arizonans Rush to Buy Glocks After Shooting