Gun sales see record Black Friday
Buyers swamped dealers, causing the FBI center that handles background checks to crash twice.
The day after Thanksgiving saw a record number of background-check requests from gun dealers. The calls came in so fast and furious, in fact, that the FBI centers that handle the requests crashed twice that day, USA Today reports.
Though accurate gun sales numbers are hard to come by, the overwhelming activity suggests that Black Friday was one for the record books for the firearm industry.
The FBI thought it was prepared for the day, particularly after hitting its previous one-day record on Black Friday 2011. That day, the bureau's call center took 129,166 requests.
But this year, the bureau took 154,873 calls, or about a 20% increase. You can't equate that to number of guns sold, however. The buyer may have decided against a purchase at the last minute. Or the buyer might have picked up more than one gun.
What was the reason for the new sales? Observers point to three areas. First, President Obama's re-election may be spurring fears of a new crackdown on guns. Obama hasn't exactly done much in this area -- in fact he signed a law in his first term allowing loaded guns in national parks -- but he did suggest in one of the presidential debates that he was in favor of reintroducing an assault weapons ban.
Another reason is a growing interest in guns on the part of women. The National Rifle Association says that women are its fastest-growing membership group. A final reason is that hunting and other shooting sports are gaining in popularity. MSN Money's Bruce Kennedy reported Wednesday that there was a 9% increase in hunters last year compared with 2006.
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Firearms save lives, imagine an unarmed law enforcement, would look like old black and white keystone cops films. Illegal immigration is another cause for self defence. Illegal immigrants are criminals, criminals from another country. You can never ban guns. guns will still be made and used by someone. If you could ban guns what would you ban next? Knives, garden tools? rocks? anything can become a weapon. If we exclude rap ghetto mobster culture an Armed Society can be a Polite Society.
Just ask any woman who was raped if she wished she had a gun while she was being assaulted. 100% of rape victims support the 2nd Amendment. It's that simple.
Obama is not trying to take guns away. Just because he supports a ban on so called "Assault Weapons" and I own one, doesnt mean he does not support peoples rights to have other firearms.
Reading all the comments from parinod delusional and mentally ill people on here makes me think that taking away some guns might not be a bad idea!
Wow! Nothing rings in Christmas like gunfire. Maybe Santa armed the elves as well. I forgot,
castle laws will let you shoot them. Good will to all.
And I'm a PROUD CONTRIBUTOR to these stats. Now SUCK IT!
There is something really wrong with the world and its a lot more than the liberal media is covering.
I fear for my country and its people.......it truly isn't the same country that I was raised in......freedom my a$$, liberty yeah right and the U.S. Constitution is nothing more than toilet paper to the pundits in D.C.
There is no logic for this gun hysteria. There have been no attempts or calls for banning guns by anyone- particularly in theis administration. Tighter regulation of who can buy and a waiting period is a sound practice, but the crackpots out there- not the sane gun owners - go crazy at the thought.
I'm 59 years old. Never had a need for a gun, to carry a knife and have never been in a fist fight in my life. What does it say about others and violence?
Just remember that the belief that it can't happen here is on of faith not reality. It doesn't take a lot for urban and suburban areas to be consumed by rioting and looters. You are on your own, there is no way to sue a law enforcement agency for lack of protection. Car jacking, home invasions, the antisocial that are prone to violence, crazies, sexual predators', drugged up people, burglars. Protestors that are stirred up, are at present all capable of harming ou and your family. It doesn't take much for a situation to suddenly slip into mob rule and people are getting dragged out of cars, property burned and your possessions are all gone. Owning a gun can make it so you're escaping harm, fending off a rape or protecting your children. If you are weak it gives you the power to stop the evil.
If you don't like guns please be sure to put a sign at your home proclaiming it a gun free zone so the bad guys know who to bother.
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