Sandy Hook shooting causes national gun shortage

A spike in gun sales across the country started with President Barack Obama’s reelection. Observers note that may be associated with the traditionally contentious relationship the Democratic Party has with the gun rights lobby.

Some Second Amendment advocates fear the Connecticut tragedy will provide more impetus to efforts to restrict gun ownership.

In places like Colorado, Texas, Ohio, and Oregon, local reports have noted a surge in gun purchases occurring immediately after the Sandy Hook tragedy.

The Sandy shooting has “created a national shortage” of firearms and ammo, one Texas gun shop owner told CNBC, who asked not to be identified for fear of a backlash. “All of our suppliers are almost sold out of items across the board.”

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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