After Vegas, Google searches for ‘gun control’ outstrip ‘gun shops’ — except in Kentucky

Graphic from Google Trends
Graphic from Google Trends

In the days following Sunday night’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Google searches for gun control spiked to overtake searches for gun shops in every state — except Kentucky.

Searches for gun control in Kentucky did increase between Sunday and Tuesday, but interest in the topic did not outweigh average searches for gun shops during that window, according to Google Trends. In the same time frame, nationwide interest in gun control surpassed searches for gun shops for the first time in 2017, according to the data compiled by Google.

The shooting on Sunday left at least 59 dead and injured more than 500. The gunman, identified by police as Stephen Craig Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., was found dead of apparent suicide shortly after the shooting.

Groups commonly against additional gun restrictions, including the National Rifle Association and Republican leaders in the House of Representatives and Senate, have said they are willing to consider limits on a firearm device Paddock used to fire hundreds of rounds in minutes.

Investigators found bump stocks attached to 12 of the 23 guns in Paddock’s room at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, according to the Associated Press. The devices replace a gun’s shoulder rest and allow for rapid fire by using the recoil of the firearm to repeatedly push the trigger against the shooter’s finger.