Has anyone else calmed down outside of VA


cold dead hands
April 26, 2007, 12:16 AM
Just trying to get a feel for things.

Here in NorthWest Arkansas the flags are at full mast again and the gun buying public seems to have been unphased by the massacre (as in not stopping a purchase because they "feel" bad) while you can occasionally find a sick joke here and there.

Granted this is a world away, but I wanna know how other "states of the union" seem to progressing.


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April 26, 2007, 12:44 AM
People are buying glocks and glock accessories like crazy down here in NC. Don't know about flags though.

Nomad, 2nd
April 26, 2007, 12:48 AM
As I understand it, people are buying MORE cause of this.

April 26, 2007, 12:58 AM
+1 Nomad

Here in Oregon there has not been a noticeable impact to gun or accessories sales. If anything I would guess sales are on a slight increase either from reminding us to be armed all the time, or in some anticipation of additional gun restrictions.

For myself it lit a fire under me to get a replacement for the S&W 642 I gave away. I decided to get a Kel-tec P-3AT so that I can have it with me nearly 100%. And I am more attentive to try to also have my G23 with me more frequently, too.

April 26, 2007, 01:04 AM
Here in Minnesota we're real disappointed that the media has again turned a story of one person's violence and idiocy into a story about THE GUNS that he used. "Where did he buy them?" "How easy it is to get guns in Virginia!" "Who had any inkling of what he may be planning?"

We had one radio talk guy actually let BOTH sides talk and air their thoughts on what was the problem and is there a partial solution.

He actually had Wayne LaPierre (NRA) fielding questions from the callers. Some callers were real pieces of work, I'll tell ya. They wanted all sorts of gun restricktions. Several callers were really trying to find some solution to "What if it happens at one of the colleges/universities here in Minnesota?" Some suggested that campuses shouldn't be "Gun Free Zones" and there are actual court cases ruling that universities have no power to deem their property "Gun Free".

If only 1 or 2 students/profs per classroom were "carrying", I'm sure the death toll wouldn't have reach near the 32 that it did.

Focus needs to stay on the victims, the shooter and REAL solutions to help in the future.

I really don't have access to how the gun/ammo sales are doing but it reinforces my resolve to carry 100% of the time (well, 99% - my gun might rust in the shower).

April 26, 2007, 08:02 AM
Northeast Tennessee/Southwest VA (about half a days drive from VT)

- flags are up.

- There's still some "we support you" signs and VT flags up here and there.

- local radio was heavy on the pro-CCW side from the start, papers and TV more mixed. (but it was a mix unless we're talking national media, or avoided the "gun issue" pretty much entirely from what I saw)

- Not a major topic of conversation presently here, from what I can tell.

- no idea on the sales end of things now.

April 26, 2007, 08:27 AM
Baltimore, Maryland area. I work with several Va. Tech. graduates, and one guy whose daughter was on the campus during the murders, so Iím thinking Iím seeing a skewed view. But a lot people are still shocked, saddened and horrified about it. We had a prayer session at lunch here at work, and most people wore orange/maroon last Friday. The flag on our building is still at half mast, but many (most?) in the area are back to the top of the pole. Not a lot of people want to talk about the details of the shooting or the murder. I also have no idea on the gun sales end of things now.

April 26, 2007, 09:36 AM
Here in Idaho the flags are back up and i can't find any G19 or G17 magazines for sale. My local gunstores - to include Cabelas and Sportsman Warehouse - can't keep them in stock. They're also selling 9mm like crazy and Idaho is a big 45 state.

Comparing the aftermath of the VT shooting to Colombine in 99 has been interesting. It dosen't seem to have provoked the anti-gun frenzy that Colombine did and I've noticed more willingness from the talking heads to talk to reps from both sides.

Of course I'm not fooled, but it is interesting.

April 26, 2007, 10:12 AM
Well, there's a hell of a Montel Williams episode on TV right now. (I'm home sick today).

April 26, 2007, 01:01 PM
Sales have been robust since 9/11. Since one of the stores / ranges burned down, that has increased sales at local stores as well. Gun shows are still well attended.


April 26, 2007, 03:56 PM
Hmm, noticed the flags were at 1/2 mast today at the elementary
school, but they may have been for Helen Walton as much as VT..
(Yes, I'm in Bentonville..)


April 26, 2007, 05:42 PM
Folks in Texas seem to have moved on.

It will be a many years for folks in Virginia. Tech has many student and the majority of them go to school in state. There is hardly a community in the state that does not have a student there. The school also allowed the students to keep their current grades and not return to campus so a lot of students dd not return to school.

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