Sniper Prompts Gun-Buying
The Beltway killer has sparked a booming interest in guns in northern
"In Spotsylvania, Stafford, Prince William and Fairfax counties
- all at or near sniper attacks - officials report up to a 500 percent
increase in applications for concealed-weapons permits, and gun
sales are up nearly as much," the New York Post reported
Barbara Brinklow, deputy clerk of the Spotsylvania circuit
court, said, "We're seeing a lot of women, which is a change
from traditional permit applicants."
"I had an 81-year-old man come in this morning," said
deputy clerk Kathy McAllister in Stafford County. "'It's
just the way the world is now,' he told me."
The surge in demand has forced delays. The permits used to involve
a three-week wait because of background checks. That time has doubled.
Sales of firearms have also soared. "The owner of Damage
Inc., a gun shop in Stafford County, said gun sales at his store
have increased 300 percent since the sniper's rampage began,"
the Post reported.
Fox News Channel reported
tonight that gun rights groups and the police were warning people
not to try to shoot it out with the sniper.
Maryland Cracks Down
In neighboring Maryland, controlled by leftist Democrats, the situation
is different. Gov. Parris Glendening has banned recreational
use of firearms, including hunting, in four counties near Washington.
"Maryland has some of the most draconian gun laws in the nation,
and those laws have not kept the people of Maryland safe from this
nut," said the group Seniors
United Supporting the Second Amendment, referring to the
killer, not the governor.
"SUSSA is disturbed that the elitist anti-civil-rights groups
are using the blood shed by the people of Maryland and Virginia
to advance their radical agenda."
Gays for Gun Rights
Meanwhile, in the Northwest, homosexuals are coming out for their
Second Amendment rights, the Seattle Times reported Wednesday.
"I'm in sync with Democratic Party values, but their gun-control
stance doesn't work," said gun rights activist Nicole Shounder
of Lynnwood, Wash. "We stand out as possible targets, and we
are not going to let harm come to ourselves or our loved ones."
Shounder, a transsexual lesbian who used to be an Air Force sergeant
and who voted for President Bush, packs a Smith and Wesson
.45 and "a discreet Kel-Tec
.32 for formal dress."