photo from the December 18 Fox News article Shortly before the tragic shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Fox News reported that gun sales were up during this holiday season. Commentators speculated that increased sales were due to Obama's re-election (and the possibility that it might mean future implementation of gun controls) and fears regarding "the apocalypse" (presumably the Mayan calendar issue). Said interviewee Tim Strunk, of the sports outfitting store, Dunkelberger's, in Stroud, Pennsylvania: "It is through the roof, absolutely," he says. "Assault rifle-style guns, the black guns, are doing especially well." The article (posted prior to the shooting tragedy) focused on the surge in gun ownership and concealed-weapon carry permits by women. Ironically, the guns involved in the elementary school tragedy were owned by an outspoken female gun enthusiast. Another spike in gun sales has occurred since the Newtown killing spree. Many fear that there will be a crackdown on gun sales, particularly of assault weapons, and are buying now. In addition, sales of ammunition are up. Some gun owners think that it would be easier to crack down on ammunition sales than gun sales, and fear that ammunition will be in short supply, so they are buying in anticipation of short supply later. There are gun enthusiasts, and there are those who eschew weapons... but there is no convincing another to change their position on gun possession . That said, are there business opportunities to be exploited in this environment? Certainly. Every person has to make their own decision. My pension plan, STRS, is invested in the maker of the gun that was used to kill most of the kids at Sandy Hook. They stand to benefit for increased sales of the " Bushmaster, " and, ironically, so do I--a person who promised my dying father I would never own a gun. But I might benefit from a pension plan who does own the maker of guns. I'm not sure what I should do about this. Sources: " After Obama re-election, gun owners clinging to Second Amendment ," by Peter Boyer, Fox News, December 6, 2012. " Gun Sales Surge After Connecticut Massacre ," by William La Jeunesse, FoxNews.com, December 18, 2012. Follow up: One way to make investment decisions is to look at current events and make stock market "bets" based on what is current in the news. What investment decisions might you make in the light of the information in these articles? Given my promise to my dying father, what should I do with respect to the benefits I might receive due to my pension plan's investment in assault weapons? Tracking Terrorist Assets : if you are interested in a long, philosophical paper about the relationship between terrorism and financial gain, check out this link. It is a little unnerving to see the link between business and terrorism. After reading it, what are your thoughts?