High-Caliber Comfort

| February 11, 2002

High-Caliber Comfort, Tim Vanderpool, Tucson Weekly
At West of the Pecos Gun Shop in Tucson, Arizona, gun sales are brisk. The store has seen a 40 percent increase since September 11, with no sign of slowing down, reports Tim Vanderpool in the Tucson Weekly. Nationally, gun sales are also on the rise. Anti-firearm activists are concerned that the rise in gun ownership will increase the opposition to gun control. And rightly so, says Larry Sabato, a University of Washington political scientist. 'Any gun-control legislation of any kind is a non-starter now.' So, do these gun buyers believe their newly purchased firearms will prove useful in the fight against terrorism? One West of the Pecos customer seems to think so. 'There's just too much stuff going on these days, from school shootings to these airplane attacks,' he says. 'Pull out a gun and stick it in their nose. I'd call that an absolute deterrent.'
--Madeleine Baran
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