Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- A new task force held its first meeting to prevent another tragedy like the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting last week.
The President made it clear that he wants concrete proposals to reduce gun violence in our country and he wants them quick. However, the idea that some firearms could be banned is causing a surge in sales at a local gun shop, adding another dimension to the debate.
You won't find any guns in the home of Kelly Thornton, a mother of five kids, all under the age of 13.
"Even if you do have it safe, locked up, I have a son who can find anything and get into anything and I didn't want to risk that at all -- not at all,” Thornton said.
But safety concerns, sparked by the shootings in Connecticut, may be driving many other families to arm themselves.
"Since Monday, our sales have quadrupled from what they were prior to that and the majority of our sales are home defense and personal protection,” explained gun dealer Tim Nelson.
Nelson, who co-owns Intimidator Sports in Nedrow, says most customers are worried the government is about to tighten the rules. He calls the bump in sales an overreaction, since New York's gun laws are stiffer than most states. But, his suppliers who service dealers across the country are having a tough time keeping up with some orders.
"The interest has been from teenagers up to senior citizens, looking, inquiring because every body wants one now. It's made that a focal point,” Nelson said.
The public debate and panic may help the store's bottom line, but Nelson isn't celebrating. He believes in the right to bear arms, but like Kelly, he's also a parent, who admits to facing every new background check with the students from Sandy Hook in the back of his mind.
"I sure don't want to be part of or have anything to do with that type of situation,” Nelson continued. "I think about everyone I've sold a gun to since then and yeah, it's a genuine concern.”
Nelson said will deny a sale if a customer acts in a suspicious manner. He believes the shootings in Connecticut will prompt stiffer rules nationwide and he’s not completely opposed. Even the National Rifle Association has pledged to “help to make sure this never happens again.” The group is expected to explain what actions they'll take during a news conference Friday morning.