By Mark Beardsley
Nothing boosts the sales of assault-type rifles like a massacre of kindergartners by a gunman with an assault-type rifle.
That the sales of such weapons spiked in the days following the Newtown, Conn., shooting that left 26 people — including 20 children — dead says a lot about the chances of more restrictive gun laws being enacted.
The gun lobby must be giddy with anticipation about having more assault-type firearms out there, increasing the likelihood of some other shooting spree that will — you guessed it — cause the sale of even more firearms.
A key to “success” in many video games is for the player to arm his character with the most powerful weapons available in the game. If you’ve got more firepower than the bad guys, your chance of staying “alive” goes up.