Sobering piece of news out of America how gun and ammunition sales are soaring as people fear restrictions being imposed post the recent shooting-killings at a school in Sandy Hook. Even more troubling is the stat that since the new Congress was sworn in some 10 days ago, no less than 446 children and teenagers have been shot at with a gun.
"As politicians in Washington have talks with "stakeholders" and convene "task forces" to review policy, gun violence continues apace and gun sales are surging.
In addition, gun and ammunition sales—particularly of the most dangerous varieties—have skyrocketed across the US in recent weeks as Americans appear to be stockpiling semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity clips amid fears that lawmakers will respond to long-ignored calls for a ban on such items.
Though Vice President Joe Biden is heading a national task force to address the renewed national outcry for gun safety laws in the aftermath the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut last month, advocates of stricter gun laws fear that new regulations will not likely be strong enough.
Worried that even the new public push following the murder of twenty kindergarten children will not be enough to break the National Rifle Association and other gun industry lobbyists' hold on US lawmakers, Mariam Wright Edelman, president of the Children's Defense Fund, asks: "What is it going to take for the American people... to push the president and members of Congress and governors and state legislators to stand up to the NRA, gun manufacturers, and sellers?"
According to a counter on her group's website, already 446 children and teens have been shot by a gun since the 113th Congress was sworn in less than ten days ago."