Fewer gun buyers seen in US mass shooting states

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  • Elcapitan Ivins, UT
    Jan. 10, 2013 2:59 p.m.

    We are raising a generation of crazys. Most broken family lifesyles generate violence. there is not enough work for juveniles with Big Labor shutting them out with mininum wage raises. Most of the spoiled big city kids have too much time on their hands to gang bang and learn to be potential killers. There will be more in spite of Washinton's dismal and mis directed efforts.

  • FT salt lake city, UT
    Jan. 8, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    More guns are the solution just like another nuke was during the cold war. It's a national arms race.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Jan. 8, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    Screwdriver. Maybe there is a connection and direct correlation to the places where mass murders occur and the number of private citizens who own guns? Criminals have a phrase to describe this situation, "soft targets". When bad guys strike, who do the citizens call? Other people with guns to stop the bad guys with guns! Get it now?

  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Jan. 7, 2013 9:21 p.m.

    It appears that Colorado and Connecticut are living in reality while the rest of the gun nuts are living out their NRA induced deranged fantasies.

    Not one gun nut has been able to answer WHO exactly would come and take their guns even if they were made illegal. WHO?

  • xscribe Colorado Springs, CO
    Jan. 7, 2013 8:39 p.m.

    You've just got to love the posters who, when a story doesn't agree with their views, blame it on the press or anything else; but when the story does agree with their views, it just happens to be spot on. Love it!

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    Or could it be just like the fanatical movement to pour more guns into this country.

    How about some common sense?

    Not to eliminate guns, but to close the loopholes that make them much too easy to get.

    Are you aware that in Utah, something like two-thirds of gang bangers may legally obtain and carry guns with no restrictions? That's right. Two thirds of them.

    Why? It's because although many of them have extensive records of misdemeanors, they have not been convicted of a felony. Yet.

    Are you aware that police in Utah can tell you that a large majority of domestic violence incidents involve people who legally own guns? Domestic violence is just a misdemeanor.

    It is often necessary for police to return guns that were taken from gang bangers and people involved in domestic to their "legal" owners.

    Is there a need to tighten up on requirements for legal gun ownership? Does that information -- which almost any cop can verify for you -- not indicate a need for some changes? How many of those guns are just waiting for their owner to cross the line?

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Jan. 7, 2013 6:13 p.m.

    If fanatics are trying to remove guns from American households, they are doing a very poor job, because the USA leads the world in per capita gun ownership, ahead, yes, of every country in the Middle East, too.

  • Sneaky Jimmy Bay Area, CA
    Jan. 7, 2013 4:33 p.m.

    @markb its not guns that are the problem in the middle east, its fanaticism. Just like the fanatical movement to take guns away from people in this country. Because we can't honestly address a problem we get huge divisions in the population. Nobody is asking why the nut job did the killing.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Jan. 7, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    How great to see we're still having no trouble keeping up with the Iraqis and Afghans. Shall we keep buying guns until the NRA says it's safe?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Jan. 7, 2013 1:11 p.m.

    Story is from Associated Press, always a waring sign of shoddy journalism, and likely an agenda as well.

    Colorado sales are slow, huh? Is that why their background check that usually takes 15 minutes is now taking EIGHT DAYS? With a backlog like that the total numbers for the last week of December will look a lot lower than the number of people actually trying to buy guns.

    Also, the same report had a huge anomaly on Utah gun sale background checks. They showed Utah checks for several months higher than the entire number of sales for the entire year as reported by Utah BCI, and then reported a huge drop in Utah, despite BCI's figures showing an increase in sales.

    This story is best summed up as "Americans are concerned for their safety and taking steps to be able to defend themselves. When seconds count the cops are minutes away. So, gun sales are up about 50% from previous year numbers across the country."