Sales of guns and ammunition are surging at levels one Bellevue, Wa., gun-shop owner calls “crazy,” the Seattle Times reports. “It is a very high mistrust factor,” said Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Bellevue-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, noting the upswing in concealed-weapon applications and firearms sales has “continued pretty much unabated” since October. That is when people realized Barack Obama was going to win the presidential election and began paying closer attention to his record of supporting gun controls, Gottlieb said.
Obama backed away yesterday from seeking the renewal of the federal ban on assault weapons. Gottlieb said backlash from a newly disclosed Department of Homeland Security report is likely to further spur sales. The report warns that the economic downturn and the election of the first African-American president might spark right-wing radicalization and recruitment. Kristen Comer of Seattle-based Washington CeaseFire, which works to prevent gun violence, fears that the sudden influx in gun ownership could lead to more suicides. Access to guns plays a major role in suicides, even more than mental illness, she said.